Homeward Bounders (was Re: Bujold Bibliography in Haiku)

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Fri Sep 16 13:10:20 EDT 2005

minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
>>>On 14/9/05 23:14, "Colin Fine" <colin at kindness.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>>>>And while I'm on names - what about Ahasuerus? Why does he bear an
>>>>English version of a Latin version of a Hebrew version of a Persian
>>>>name? (The same name that comes to us through Greek as 'Xerxes')
> Might it be a title rather than a name, like "Boudicca"?  There are three
> mentions of an "Ahasuerus" in the bible: one of them is the father of
> Darius (Daniel 9,1) whose name was Cyaxares, one comes between Darius and
> Artaxerxes, and I can't be bothered to look for the genealogy but I *think*
> that would have to be either Cambyses or an imposter pretending to be C's
> elder brother, unless he's a confusion for Artaxerxes (Ezra 4,6-7), and one
> of them is Esther's husband Xerxes.
> Why Paulus von Eizen, bishop of Schleswig, should have given a name that is
> always Persian in the Bible (which one assumes a Bishop ought to have
> known!) for the Jew he was reported to have claimed to have encountered in
> Hamburg in 1542, who said he was the Jew who had told Christ to get a move
> on with that cross and been doomed to wander until Christ came back again
> for him (which I'd've said happened three days later, but it seems not), is
> mysterious, and why Paulus didn't say anything at the time but waited until
> he'd been dead for six years to pass the story on to a pamphleteer, is also
> somewhat rum.  In the original pamphlet, said to have been written by
> someone called Chrysostomus Dudulaeus (who doesn't seem to have existed, or
> at least he never wrote anything else) and printed at Leyden by one
> Christoff Crutzer (who never printed anything else) the name was given as
> Ahasver.  It was a very popular story from the moment it first saw print,
> and spread in translation all over the place, and what's more, people kept
> (allegedly) seeing the Wandering jew under various names for a long time
> thereafter: he even turned up in London just after the Regency and then
> near Salt Lake City in the late 1860s.  So it was claimed.  (For my view of
> the accuracy of such claims, see the definition of "sea-serpent" in
> Chambers Dictionary.)
Thanks for this.
Evidently the Bishop forgot all the biblical exegesis he knew when he died.


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