By Stanley E. Porter

ISBN-10: 9004256687

ISBN-13: 9789004256682

In Paul and Pseudepigraphy, a global team of students have interaction open questions within the research of the Apostle Paul and people records frequently deemed pseudepigraphal. This quantity addresses many conventional questions, together with these of procedure and the authenticity of a number of canonical Pauline letters, yet in addition they mirror a wish to imagine in new methods approximately continual questions surrounding pseudepigraphy. the point of interest on pseudepigraphy in dating to Paul gives a special chance to deal with this leading edge inclination, no longer available in stories of recent testomony pseudepigraphy normally. concerning those issues, new ways are brought, conventional facts is reassessed, and a few new feedback are provided. as well as Pauline letters, remedies of similar non-canonical Pauline pseudepigraphs are integrated in dialogue.

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In NPNF 1 4:343. authorship and pseudepigraphy in early christian literature 19 becomes more general, up to our own day; so that, when we are questioned as to the authorship of any book, we have no difficulty in answering? But why speak of old books? Take the books now before us: should any one, after some years, deny that this book was written by me, or that Faustus’ was written by him, where is evidence for the fact to be found but in the information possessed by some at the present time, and transmitted by them through successive generations even to distant times?

2 But who wrote these words is quite a pointless question when we believe confidently that the Holy Spirit is the true author of the book. The writer is the one who dictates things to be written. The writer is the one who inspires the book and recounts through the voice of the scribe the deeds we are to imitate. We might read the words of some great man in his letters but ask by what pen they were written; but it would be ridiculous not to recognize the author and attend to the contents and to go on asking by just what sort of pen the words were pressed onto the page.

I was recently in the Sandalarium, the area of Rome with the largest concentration of booksellers, where I witnessed a dispute as to whether a certain book for sale was by me or someone else. ” Someone had bought the book under the impression that it was one of mine; someone else—a man of letters—struck by the odd form of the title, desired to know the book’s subject. ” Now, the man in question had been schooled in the fundamental early education which Greek children always used to be given by teachers of grammar and rhetoric.

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