[Avodah] miryam bat batus

Micha Berger via Avodah avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Tue Jul 28 08:57:23 PDT 2015

On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 08:52:45AM -0500, Lisa Liel via Avodah wrote:
: Which is odd, because we don't have a single source, anywhere, of
: there having been a second king named Yannai or Yonatan or any
: permutation thereof.

Need a Hasmonean who calls himself "Jannus" in Latin necessarily go
by the same name or even a phonetically related name in Aramaic and

400 years prior, having two names was common and the civil names we
know of (Mordechai, Esther, Shadrach, Meshach, Aved-Nego, etc...)
bore no relation to their Jewish names.

Alternatively: Chazal could have thrown in the timing problem to flag
to the historian that they were not speaking historically. After all,
we know from the other narratives quoted that they knew the dates
for Alexander Yannai wouldn't work.

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