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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book Paul and Seneca, which discusses the relationship between Paul and Seneca. Lightfoot discovers various similarities between Paul and Seneca, but he treats them very critically and repeatedly points out the difference in background, even when at first glance the texts from both writers seem to display great conformity. There are, indeed, writers who constantly emphasize the contrast between Paul and Seneca, underlining at every opportunity the difference between their points of departure. To this category belong for instance Deissner, de Zwaan, Preller, Greeven and Schreiner, of the aforementioned. When comparing Seneca's writings with the gospels and Pauline texts, they continually stress what is peculiar to the latter. On matters concerning theology, anthropology and ethics there are according to them profound differences between Paul and Seneca.

Keywords: anthropology; ethics; Paul; Rome; Seneca; theology



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