Ish, et al, I have scanned a page out of the book....page 77 for anyone who cares. I have added the underlining.
The discussion is about the solidification of Zoroastrian thought under the Persian Achaemenian Dynasty (Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, etc.) who were done in by Alexander the Great.
The last phrase prior to the start of the scan...on Page 76, if you will was:
"gradually many of Zoroaster's .... "
The Achaemenians were routed c 333 BC which is one hell of a long time prior to xtianity, isn't it. It's pretty clear to see where a lot of those ideas came from.
I note that Boyce still holds to the idea that the "Jews" were who they say they were in later writings. She should talk to Davies!
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