Re: secular quotations in Paul

From: Rod Decker (
Date: Sun Apr 06 1997 - 12:00:40 EDT

Jeffrey Gibson <> asked:
>In Paul's speech at Athens as recorded in Acts, the apostle is portrayed as
>expressly quoting one (if not two) "secular" sources. Is there anywhere
>within the Pauline corpus anything similar. That is, does Paul expressly
>quote (and not just allude to), say, Seneca or any other "pagan"
>author? If so, where and whom?

A handy index of such is to be found in the appendix of the Nestle Aland
text (27th ed. = p. 806). The following are listed there:

Aratus, Phaenomena 5 > Acts 17:28
Epimenides, De oraculis > Titus 1:12
Euripides, Bacchae 794s > Acts 26:4
Heraclitus > 2 Pt. 2:22
Menander, Thais FRg. 218 Kock ? 1 Cor 15:33


 Rodney J. Decker Asst. Prof./NT Baptist Bible Seminary Clarks Summit, PA

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