24065RE: [XTalk] Judas and the sicarii ?
- Feb 10, 2012Sicarius 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
David Mealand, University of Edinburgh
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