Re: The Mini-Synoptic
1. Just three things. As Ben pointed out to me, his main qualm was
that there is no more information in that Tacitean passage than
could be found in the Josephan passage. I don't know what that says to
you, but if it was another source, then Tacitus by mere coincidence
used just enough information to match Josephus here.
2. He also mentioned that the Old Church Slavonic manuscript of
Josephus has the TF in "Wars" and not "Antiquities." That could attest
to both a) the location of the TF being out of place (due to who knows
what) and b) that Tacitus apparently uses "Wars" but not "Antiquities".
3. I also questioned, and still do, his paralleling "exitiablilis
superstitio" with "didaskalos anqrwpwn twn hdonh talhqh decomenwn".
His justification was that Josephus refers to those receiving are
gullible, something I do indeed doubt.
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