The Sentences of Sextus

The Sentences of Sextus

Described by Origen as a writing that “even the masses of believers have read,” the Sentences of Sextus offers unique insights into popular Christian thought during the late second century C.E. Although it draws extensively on canonical ...

Author: Walter T. Wilson

Publisher: Society of Biblical Lit

ISBN: 9781589837201

Category: Religion

Page: 494

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Described by Origen as a writing that “even the masses of believers have read,” the Sentences of Sextus offers unique insights into popular Christian thought during the late second century C.E. Although it draws extensively on canonical texts for the composition of its sayings, it is especially fascinating for the manner in which it integrates these texts with material derived from two generically similar collections of Pythagorean maxims. This volume provides a critical edition including evidence from the Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Coptic versions; a new translation; and the first commentary for the Sentences, an important document for investigating the history of early Christian wisdom, asceticism, and ethics.
Categories: Religion

The Sentences of Sextus and the Origins of Christian Ascetiscism

The Sentences of Sextus and the Origins of Christian Ascetiscism

Daniele Pevarello analyzes the Sentences of Sextus, a second century collection of Greek aphorisms compiled by Sextus, an otherwise unknown Christian author.

Author: Daniele Pevarello

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 3161525795

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Daniele Pevarello analyzes the Sentences of Sextus, a second century collection of Greek aphorisms compiled by Sextus, an otherwise unknown Christian author. The specific character of Sextus' collection lies in the fact that the Sentences are a Christian rewriting of Hellenistic sayings, some of which are still preserved in pagan gnomologies and in Porphyry. Pevarello investigates the problem of continuity and discontinuity between the ascetic tendencies of the Christian compiler and aphorisms promoting self-control in his pagan sources. In particular, he shows how some aspects of the Stoic, Cynic, Platonic and Pythagorean moral traditions, such as sexual restraint, voluntary poverty, the practice of silence and of a secluded life were creatively combined with Sextus' ascetic agenda against the background of the biblical tradition. Drawing on this adoption of Hellenistic moral traditions, Pevarello shows how great a part the moral tradition of Greek paideia played in the shaping and development of self-restraint among early Christian ascetics.
Categories: Religion

The Sentences of Sextus

The Sentences of Sextus

A collection of ethical aphorisms for centuries by Christians from Britain to Mesopotamia.

Author: Henry Chadwick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521541085

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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A collection of ethical aphorisms for centuries by Christians from Britain to Mesopotamia.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Composition of the Sayings Source

The Composition of the Sayings Source

Sentences of Sextus Though the Sentences of Sextus was appropriated and touched up by early Gentile Christianity (late second century), its Vorlage is a pagan gnomic text.” It's pragmatic intent is formation of an aspiring sage and the ...

Author: Alan Kirk

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004267374

Category: Religion

Page: 462

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this book analyzes Q in the light of compostitional conventions of ancient wisdom genres. Genre-critical models are employed to subject the Q materials to comprehensive analysis, criticallly assess redaction-histories, and show that Q conforms to conventions of ancient paraenesis.
Categories: Religion