The Salt of the Earth

Josephson

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“…exceeded all the destructions that either men or God ever brought upon the world…but then the ill savor of the dead bodies was most offensive to those that lighted upon them, insomuch that some were obliged to get away immediately, while others were so greedy of gain, that they would go in among the dead bodies that lay on heaps, and tread upon them; for a great deal of treasure was found in these caverns, and the hope of gain made every way of getting it to be esteemed lawful…”
– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book VI, 9:4​

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
– Matthew 5:13​
 

gilius

Active Member
It's not the direct parallel for Wars of the Jews, Book VI, 9:4, but it's nevertheless in the same language of treading on corpses with bad smell - linked to being "pressed" or "pruned":
http://postflaviana.org/community/index.php?threads/the-flavian-signature-inside-the-city-simon-condemned-and-john-spared.1474/

The sequential parallel linked above serves more purpose with greater context than just shared language, but the language part is useful in itself because it enables us to go to different parts of the gospels and understand them better without a direct parallel, such as what Josephson has done above for the early part of Matthew.
 
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