Saturday, February 9, 2008

Quote of the Day

In my judgment, the real dividing line between a genuine letter and a pseudepigraphon is whether the material comes from the mind of a particular person, not whether it fully reflects that person's grammar and syntax and vocabulary. To this I would add that a genuine letter comes not only from the mind, but also from the hand, of the author, or is inscribed upon the author's request or behalf. This seems to have been well within the scope of ancient views on what counted as authorship...(italics original)

Ben Witherington, Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: Volume I: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press Academic, 2006), 26.

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