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15928Re: [XTalk] Herod Antipas

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  • Jim West
    May 2, 2004
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      At 07:03 PM 5/2/04 +0100, you wrote:

      >What about Matt. 11.7-8 // Luke 7.24-25? ""What did you go out into
      >the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 7:25 What did you
      >go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? Look, those who wear
      >fancy clothes and live in luxury are in kings' courts!" Theissen
      >argues that this is a reference to Herod Antipas, who had reeds on
      >his coins and who, of course, is the obvious contender for someone
      >who lives royal luxury when one is speaking to a bunch of Galileans
      >about John the Baptist. Could the "reed shaken by the wind" also be
      >a clever play on a spineless, unmanly character, unable to stand up
      >to his wife when she demands something of him?

      Is the "reed" imagery used in other Greek literature to describe a person of
      effeminate character?

      Jim

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