The Fall of Men and the Lust of Women in Seneca’s Epistle 95 and Paul’s Letter to the Romans

In: Novum Testamentum
Joseph R. Dodson Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia USA

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Seneca’s invective against the sexual misconduct in the Roman Empire as part of his decline narrative is a neglected parallel to Rom 1:26-27. Its resonances, however, give more support to Ben Witherington’s comment about specifically situating Romans 1 within the context of Seneca’s castigation of the lechery in Rome. Moreover, the parallels with Epistle 95 reinforce an excessive lust view of Rom 1:26-27.

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