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17 Paulus Senex

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The portrayal of Paul as an old man in the Pastorals shares much with ancient opinions of the aged. By the end of the first century AD, there was a long literary tradition on old age representing widely differing attitudes. The Pastoral Epistles are unique in the New Testament (NT) for their attention to the different generations within the churches of their acquaintance. Aristotle's criticism that old people indulge in reminiscence is true to life and was remarked upon by the ancients. Paulus Senex is the apostle of moderation. How important this quality is for him appears from Titus 2:1-10, where σωφροσύνη and its cognates are used four times in the description of the qualities Titus should inculcate in the Christian community.

Keywords: New Testament (NT); Pastoral Epistles; Paulus Senex



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