Re: Jewish individuals and ethnic style ...
- --- In ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org, "Lisbeth S. Fried" <lizfried@...> wrote:
> Dear Larry,
> The presence of a Babylonian official named Marduka in the
> tablets is well known. But how does Marduka become the Babylonianname for
> Nehemiah?"Marduka is linked to Modecai" in the Book of Esther in Jewish texts,
but extra-Biblical Jewish texts linkes the story of Esther with the
cryptic history of Nehemiah (i.e. similarities in the story, both
hear bad news from home and place wine before the king before
requesting his help, etc. Eventually each inspire the Jews to take
up arms to defend themselves from their enemies.)
Regarding the identity of the persons following behind Xexers at
Perspolis, I found this quote by Olmstead in "History of the Persian
Empire" page 217 "Behind Xerxes stands the CUPBEARER, who in later
Achaemenid times was to exercise even more influence than the
commander-in-chief [who followed the cupbearer beyind Xerxes.}"
Page 218 notes the identity of the person behind the cupbearer: "From
the tomb relief of Darius, carved on the the rock about the same date
[as Persepolis reliefs], we learn that the officer who follows is
Aspachana (Aspathines), holder of the king's battle-ax and bow case."