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To Show The Difference By Comparison": The New Wettstein And Cleanthes' Hymn

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The aim of the New Wettstein project is to provide a "reader" ("Lesebuch") containing passages with substantive parallels ("inhaltliche Parallelen") to New Testament (NT) texts, especially regarding rituals and institutions; texts explaining realia found in the NT; texts illuminating important concepts or scarce words; texts illustrating the reception horizon ("Rezeptionshorizont") of ancient readers; and texts explaining fixed word combinations (epithets, word pairs, phrases). In contrast to most of the excerpts included in the New Wettstein, the Hymn to Zeus has the advantage of being quoted in full. The Hymn to Zeus by Cleanthes is the most important witness to early Stoic religiosity. The New Wettstein is not a sufficient tool by itself; it needs to be complemented by detailed analyses of the various Hellenistic texts in which the textual integrity and complexity of the latter is preserved.

Keywords: Hellenistic texts; Hymn to Zeus; New Testament (NT); New Wettstein; Stoic religiosity



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