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The «Pauline» Spirit World in Eph 3:10 in the Context of Igbo World View

A Psychological-Hermeneutical Appraisal


John C. Madubuko

Eph 3:10 (Principalities and Authorities in the Heavenly Places) articulates the related cluster of terms that express the «Pauline» spirit world in Ephesians’. Through a psychological-hermeneutical study, this book contributes to provide a theologically-founded response to the immense challenges the spirit world apprehensions among the Igbo (Africans), pose to true discipleship in these settings. Identifying the strongly influential role played here by the Igbo traditional religion/world view(s) and the foundation of these biblical terms in the attempts at Weltbewältigung, the book highlights how proper appreciation of the Christological paraenetics of Eph enhances critical consciousness and cognitive reconstruction towards mature faith and societal betterment.
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Chapter Three: Ephesians – Authorship, General analysis, Reception


3.1 Pseudonymity and Pseudepigraphy259 as literary phenomena

Pseudepigraphy and/or pseudonymity, the attribution of a document or tradition to an author other than its real author, have been veritable historical and theological phenomena in most, if not all cultures, but most especially in the literal world. A tradition of anonymity was a characteristic of most literary works from the very beginning of writings among the ancient eastern peoples, even outside the religious circles. In the directly religious circles, it became a phenomenon that continued into the biblical traditions in the OT times, finding expressions also in some of the NT documents. It is on record that the idea of individual authorship of documents was a development within the ancient Greek cultural circles about the turn of the 7th Century B.C., a development that was far from meaning an automatic end to pseudepigraphy and pseudonymity. The latter rather accompanied the new development as in the cases of Pseudo-Pythagoras, and the many inauthentic writings attributed to Plato.260

In the pseudepigraphy connected with the Bible, despite the sense of falsification (deception) an immediate contact with the phenomena of pseudepigraphy tends to communicate, a critical understanding of the phenomena and their motifs shows that though outright denial of the possibilities of falsification may not be fore-closed,261 many of the writings that are often thus categorized are distant from such immediate devaluating moral judgment that is often stamped on ← 117 | 118 → them. Ancient Graeco-Roman and Jewish literatures present us...

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