In other news, you cannot cannot cannot bring 2 Maccabees as evidence of social conditions prevailing for Sefer haRazim and if you do I will mock you.
In *other* other news, the same author had a footnote "Not to mention a sixth-century text which mentions giving gifts on Jesus' birthday," and no reference, and just WHUT.
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