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  • Jeffrey B. Gibson
    A TLG search for the expression sons of thunder reveals that the only place prior to the send cent CE and outside of the NT (and Origen & Justin) that it
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 21, 2003
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      A TLG search for the expression "sons of thunder" reveals that the only
      place prior to the send cent CE and outside of the NT (and Origen &
      Justin) that it appears is Aelius Herodianus, Partitiones 7.3.

      Notably, he observes that it is "the meaning of the "Hebrew" word
      Boanerges.


      BOANERGES, hEBRAISTI, hUIOS TOU BRONTHS

      Now since Herodian knows Greek literature and mythology intimately, and
      since he does not connect "sons of thunder" with anything **but** the
      title found in Mark, this fact, along with two others -- (a) that the
      expression is found no where else in the whole of extant pre 2nd cent CE
      Greek secular literature; and (b) "thunder" (BRONTH, etc.) is not used
      as a cipher for Zeus -- strongly indicates that "sons of thunder" was
      not an known epithet of, or an alternative designation for, the
      DIOSKOUROI.

      Yours,

      Jeffrey
      --

      Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon.)

      1500 W. Pratt Blvd. #1
      Chicago, IL 60626

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