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The Pseudepigraphical Correspondence between Seneca and Paul: A Reassessment

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This chapter sets out to show how new, remarkable discoveries, especially in the linguistic and intertextual fields, which stem from intensive research the author has been conducting for over two decades into this Pauline pseudepigraphon, lead to a profound reassessment of this document and its composite nature. It begins from the linguistic point of view. The most interesting discoveries concern the nature and distribution of Graecisms in this pseudepigraphon and its bilingualism. The pseudepigraphical correspondence between the Stoic philosopher Seneca and St. Paul has been handed down in Latin, in many manuscripts of Seneca. Letter XIV is the only letter in the pseudepigraphon that suggests that Seneca "converted" to Christianity. The legend of Seneca's conversion was probably inspired by this very letter, which depicts him as auctor Christi Iesu at court.

Keywords: bilingualism; Christianity; Graecism; Pauline pseudepigraphon; Seneca; St. Paul



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