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.
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