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Life And Death In Pseudo-Phocylides

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This chapter explores the narrower and broader context of the statements and look for further assertions concerning life and death in Pseudo-Phocylides. In his investigation of Pseudo-Phocylides 103-15, Johannes Thomas has rightly referred to the close relationship of the passage to its paraenetic context. The entire passage Pseudo-Phocylides 97-121 is conceptualized as an appeal to human beings to develop the adequate attitude towards death and the dead during lifetime. This interpretation of the passage follows both from its connection to the gnomic poem and because of its text structure. The sentences about life-threatening and violent death give a realistic picture of human everyday life. The references to ageing and the end of human life provide the same calm insight into the limits of human life. The biblical understanding of God constitutes the theological framework in which the outline of human life is drawn.

Keywords: gnomic poem; God; human life; Johannes Thomas; Pseudo-Phocylides ; violent death



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