Der apokryphe Briefwechsel zwischen Seneca und Paulus 978-3-16-149131-3 - Mohr Siebeck
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Der apokryphe Briefwechsel zwischen Seneca und Paulus

Zusammen mit dem Brief des Mordechai an Alexander und dem Brief des Annaeus Seneca über Hochmut und Götterbilder
Eingel., übers. u. mit interpretierenden Essays versehen v. Alfons Fürst, Therese Fuhrer, Folker Siegert u. Peter Walter

[The Apocryphal Correspondence between Seneca and Paul. Including Mordechai's Letter to Alexander and Annaeus Seneca's Letter on Pride and Idols.]

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In the second half of the fourth century, an unknown author created a correspondence between Seneca and Paul. This book contains a new German translation of these letters based on the current critical edition. Furthermore, two documents which are less well known but sometimes discussed in connection with these letters are presented.
In the second half of the fourth century, an unknown author created a correspondence between Seneca and Paul. The most striking characteristic of these fourteen brief letters is their lack of nearly any content. Their sole intention is to make Seneca a friend of Paul's. In doing so, the author underlined the affinity between the pagan philosopher Seneca and the Latin Christian theologians of the fourth century, inventing an apostolic tradition. This book contains a new German translation of these letters based on the current critical edition along with an introduction, notes and testimonies. Furthermore, two documents which are less well known but sometimes discussed in connection with these letters are presented, translated into German for the first time and provided with commentaries: a fictitious letter from Mordechai to Alexander the Great from a version of the novelistic tradition of Alexander and a letter from Seneca about pride and idols which is, in fact, a Christian apology from the fifth century. In the essays, the authors deal with key issues involving Stoicism and Christianity, the conception of god and ethics. They also discuss the reception of Seneca in the Middle Ages and in early modern times.
Authors/Editors

Alfons Fürst Geboren 1961; seit 2000 Ordinarius für Alte Kirchengeschichte, Patrologie und Christliche Archäologie an der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät der WWU Münster.

Therese Fuhrer Geboren 1959; 1989 Promotion; 1995 Habilitation in Bern; 1996–1997 ord. Professorin für Klassische Philologie/Latinistik an der Universität Trier; 1997–2004 an der Universität Zürich; 2004–2008 an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg; seit 2008 lehrt sie an der Freien Universität Berlin.

Folker Siegert Geboren 1947; Theologie- und Linguistikstudium in Erlangen, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Bossey, Tübingen; 1984 Promotion; 1990 Habilitation; von 1996 – 2012 Professor für Judaistik und Neues Testament und Direktor des Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum, Münster.

Peter Walter Geboren 1950; Studium in Mainz und Rom, 1980 Promotion in Rom, 1989 Habilitation in Tübingen, seit 1990 Universitäts-Professor für Dogmatik und Direktor des Arbeitsbereichs Quellenkunde der Theologie des Mittelalters an der Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Freiburg i. Br.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Gnomon — 80 (2008), S. 307–311 (Ilaria Ramelli)
In: Adamantius — 14 (2008), S. 616–619 (Pietro Rosa)
In: Vigiliae Christianae — 61 (2007), S. 378–379
In: New Testament Abstracts — 51 (2007), S. 421
In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review — http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2010/2010–09–03.html (09/2010) (Carole Fry)