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Bibil Identifier bibil:227546
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Benefactor's Account-book: The Rhetoric of Gift Reciprocation according to Seneca and Paul
Author Blanton, IV, Thomas R.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 396-414 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract According to Seneca, a cardinal rule of benefaction is that the donor of a gift ought never to call attention to the fact that a gift has been given; it humiliates the donee and shames the donor. In reminding Philemon that he ‘owes’ Paul for the latter's mediation of the gift of salvation (Phlm 19), Paul breaks Seneca's rule. Both Seneca's ‘virtuous’ advice and Paul's ‘shameful’ breach of etiquette, however, are explicable as strategies calculated to maximize their access to valued goods and services—whether honor or the services of a wealthier man's slave—inflected by vastly different economic situations.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688513000039
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Paul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Letter to Philemon
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Seneca
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Economy
Pericopes Philemon 1,19
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