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Epistle to Seneca the Younger

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Title: Epistle to Seneca the Younger  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: New Testament Apocrypha, The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden, Syriac Infancy Gospel, Acts of Paul and Thecla, Letter to the Trallians
Collection: Apocryphal Epistles, Pauline-Related Books
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Epistle to Seneca the Younger

The Epistle to Seneca the Younger is a collection of correspondence claiming to be from J. B. Lightfoot noted:

"The poverty of thought and style, the errors in chronology and history, and the whole conception of the relative positions of the Stoic philosopher and the Christian Apostle, betray clearly the hand of a forger."[3]

[4] Again, Lightfoot said:

"This correspondence was probably forged in the fourth century, either to recommend Seneca to Christian readers or to recommend Christianity to students of Seneca."
"As they are now universally allowed to be spurious, it will be unnecessary to state at length the grounds of their condemnation. It is sufficient to say that the letters are inane and unworthy throughout; that the style of either correspondent is unlike his genuine writings; that the relations between the two, as there represented, are highly improbable; and lastly, that the chronological notices (which however are absent in some important MSS) are wrong in almost every instance. Thus, independently of the unbroken silence of three centuries and a half about this correspondence, internal evidence alone is sufficient to condemn them hopelessly."[5]


  1. ^ Pseudo-Correspondence of St. Paul and Seneca
  2. ^ De Viris Illustribus - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (WikiSource)
  3. ^ Lightfoot, Joseph Barber (1892) St Paul and Seneca Dissertations on the Apostolic Age
  4. ^ Schaff, Philip St. Paul and the Conversion of the Gentiles. History of the Christian Church, Vol.1, Chap.V, Sect.I, Sub.2
  5. ^ J. B. Lightfoot (1890) The Letters of Paul and Seneca

External links

  • Online text of the correspondence of Seneca the Younger with Paul
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