Maggid

Abe Gross argross at bigpond.net.au
Sun May 4 02:29:33 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.

Paul wrote:

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

That's interesting and makes sense. I didn't even think of that, because I
immediately recogised the Hebrew term and made that connection.

> 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.

Possibly! I'd love to know.

Ros
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