My field trip is postponed due to snow- so here's some more observations:
Another thing comes out of the Mithradates/Hasmonean relationship:
Josephus traced his own lineage (Antiquities intro) as from union of the daughter of Jonathan Appias (160bc-142bc, son of Mattathias), and Matthew Ephlias. Then, patriarchically through Matthew Curtas (134bc.- ?), Joseph (?), Joseph (68bc-?), Matthew (?), Joseph (?), and finally his father Matthew (6bc-?).
Totally apart from the potential to apply the Arsacid connection to find cognomenic relationships with established herodian typecast priesthood (which I'm working on), a few things jump-
Given what we uncovered in Maccabees, and the potential Arsacid connection to Rome and Greece, alot of Josephus' mystery drops away.
No wonder he was "adopted" by the Flavian's- there's a decent chance that he WAS a flavian-at least by upbringing.
Didn't Joe write about a schoolmate/friend of Titus' at court? Is there a possible connection to the Phraates-Phraateces story that I'm teasing out.
Also the story of his conversion to the Romans that he is suspiciously not shy about telling (hiding in the well, and then killing all the others who were with him (save one), and then immediately cooperating with the Flavian conquest). Who was the other man in the well? Could it have been Saul/Paul?
Could Josephus indeed be the author of the Proto-Matthew that I seek? (considering that for 6 generations the only male names used in his lineage are Joseph and Matthew)
Josephus had three sons: Hyrcanus (73ad-?), Justus(76ad-?, and Agrippa(79ad-?), of whom little is known. It's not hard to notice where he got the names though. Their mother is not attested by Josephus. Could these names help identify some of our latter Gospel writers and evangelists.
I'm not even going to try the Arsacid overlay until I give you (charles) a chance to think about this a bit.
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