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Plutarch Records the Death of Pan in the First Century

Jul 08, 2009

According to the Greek historian Plutarch (in "The Obsolescence of Oracles" (Moralia, Book 5:17)), Pan is the only Greek god who is dead. During the reign of Tiberius (A.D. 14-37), the news of Pan's death came to one Thamus, a sailor on his way to Italy by way of the island of Paxi. A divine voice hailed him across the salt water, "Thamus, are you there? When you reach Palodes,[18] take care to proclaim that the great god Pan is dead." Which Thamus did, and the news was greeted from shore with groans and laments.


This was dated during the reign of Tiberius (14-37 A.D.). Perhaps this voice came when Jesus overcame Azazel at the beginning of His ministry, or (more likely) after the resurrection of Christ, whereby Jesus overcame death and took the keys of death and hades from Pan.

We are now in the time of the second work of Christ, where this event is occurring for the second time.

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Blog Author: Dr. Stephen Jones