Professors should stick to their area of expertise and realize that it’s ok to say “I don’t know” when asked certain questions.
Today, a theater prof. told us that the Jewish “Seder” is borrowed from the Greek “satyr.” He also threw in something like “most religions just borrowed from Greek stuff.”
Um… just because it has similar pronunciation doesn’t mean that it is remotely similar.
The only thing Judaism ever mentions remotely similar to the Greek satyr (half man, half goat creatures) is in reference to demons! yeah.
argh! I’ll read Greek tragedies. I’ll believe whatever you tell me about the structures of amphitheaters, but don’t try to tell me that a Dionysian mythological creature is the basis for a celebration born out of the Hebrew Exodus. Lucky for him, most people don’t know what a Seder is.