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Spit in your eye: the blind man of Bethsaida and the blind man of Alexandria

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The account of Vespasian's use of spittle to heal a blind man at Alexandria has long been noted as a parallel to the use of spittle in Mark's healing of the Blind Man of Bethsaida, but little has been made of the temporal proximity of these two stories. Vespasian's healings formed part of the wider Flavian propaganda campaign to legitimate the new claimant to the imperial throne; to many Jewish ears this propaganda would have sounded like a usurpation of traditional messianic hopes. This arti...

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10.1017/S0028688508000015

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Harris Manchester College
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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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New Testament Studies More from this journal
Volume:
54
Issue:
1
Pages:
1-17
Publication date:
2008-01-01
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1469-8145
ISSN:
0028-6885
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English
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2011-01-28

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