Maggid

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Sun May 4 00:39:07 EDT 2003


On Sat, 3 May 2003, Abe Gross wrote:

> A "Maggid" (sometimes spelled other ways in English) is a (usually
> itinerarnt) Jewish preacher or teacher popular in Europe, though
> not used now as a contemporoary term, AFAIK. I've often wondered
> if DWJ may have seen this term somewhere and decided to use it for
> her Maggids.

I'd always assumed DWJ got "magid" from "magi", the plural form of
"magus".

Mind you, "magus" was a Persian word originally, and it may be that
"magus" and "maggid" have the same origin somewhere in the distant
past.


Paul
-- 
"Hold fast to the one noble thing."


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