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Pseudonymous Writing in the Late Antique Christian East

Charles M. Stang

in Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640423
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738234 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640423.003.0003

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies


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The first part of this chapter charts various modern accounts of pseudonymity in the ancient world, and highlights one labeled “religious” or “psychological,” which argues that pseudonymous writing served to collapse or “telescope” the past and the present, such that the present author and the past luminary could achieve a kind of contemporaneity. The second part of the chapter survey a number of scholars of the late antique Christian East in order to elicit a consensus view regarding this peculiar understanding of time. The rest of this second section is divided between two case studies that enrich and deepen our appreciation of this understanding of time and the significance of late antique devotion to earlier saints: the Life and Miracles of Thekla (and its source text, the second‐century Acts of Thekla), and John Chrysostom's commentaries and homilies on Paul.

Keywords: D.S. Russell; contemporaneity; pseudonymity; St. Paul; John Chrysostom; Thekla; time

Chapter.  16041 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity ; Religious Studies

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