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24065RE: [XTalk] Judas and the sicarii ?

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  • David Mealand
    Feb 10, 2012
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      Sicarius was used in latin to refer to an assassin
      (sica being a curved dagger). The term was used
      in latin at least as early as Cicero, so 1st C BCE.
      It appears in Greek in Acts 21.38 and in Josephus
      with reference to the troubles in the time of Felix
      and Festus i.e. after 52 CE, around 20 years or so
      after the demise of Judas.

      Does anyone have to hand the earliest instance of
      the use of this latin loan word in Greek? Does someone
      have a pre-Neronian example? That would seem to be
      a relevant piece of evidence which might either support
      or tend to disconfirm some of the assumptions behind
      the discussion.

      David M.


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