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The Sentences of Sextus
Wilson, Walter T.

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012 pp. xiv + 478. $51.95

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Wisdom Literature from the Ancient World, 1

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Description: Described by Origen as a writing that ďeven the masses of believers have read,Ē 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.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature

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Review by Johan Thom
Published 9/17/2015
Citation: Johan Thom, review of Walter T. Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

Review by Justin M. Rogers
Published 9/8/2016
Citation: Justin M. Rogers, review of Walter T. Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2016).

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