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Raffaele Pettazzoni and Herbert Jennings Rose, both born in 1883, had met for the first time in Paris at the International Congress for the History of Religions (8-13 October 1923), while the former was Adjunct Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Bologna, and the latter Professor of Latin at Aberystwyth. This is the book on the omniscience of God on which the Italian scholar worked tirelessly and obsessively for about thirty years, shadowed by Rose, occasionally more as censor than translator, for he criticized Pettazzoni's identification of all-knowing beings with solar or celestial beings. The chapter presents a few examples of the different topics that recur in the letters, saying first of all that the Canadian scholar is no doubt the most intriguing and brilliant of the two correspondents, and his letters voice, unlike Pettazzoni's, an unfailing joie de vivre.

Keywords: Herbert Jennings Rose; History of Religions; Pettazzoni; Raffaele Pettazzoni



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