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15929Re: [XTalk] Herod Antipas

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  • Jack Kilmon
    May 2, 2004
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Jim West" <jwest@...>
      To: <crosstalk2@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2004 1:33 PM
      Subject: Re: [XTalk] Herod Antipas

      > 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
      > effeminate character?

      I think the effeminacy of Herod Antipas is strictly out of the nun's
      hallucinations which form a great bulk of Gibson's movie.

      Jack Kilmon
      San Marcos, TX
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