pseudonymity


pseudonymity
It became a convention in the period between OT and NT that works should be published under the authorship of a fictitious name, such as Moses or Enoch [[➝ Enoch, books of]], or the sons of Jacob. Such a name imparted a certain authority to the writing. In the OT the book of Daniel is pseudonymous, and in the NT it is widely held that 2 Peter and Jude are pseudonymous, and also the Pastoral Epistles. Literary standards of the time did not necessarily condemn pseudonymity as deceitful. (Nevertheless Tertullian (c.220 CE) reports that a presbyter found to have falsely attributed a work to Paul was forced to resign.) Disciples of Paul who remembered his teaching would have collected and developed the oral tradition. As representatives of Paul it was natural to use his name for the published works.

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  • Pseudonymity — is a word derived from pseudonym, meaning false name , and describes a state of disguised identity resulting from the use of a pseudonym (also called nym). The pseudonym identifies a holder , that is, one or more human beings who possess but do… …   Wikipedia

  • Pseudonymity — Pseu do*nym i*ty, n. The using of fictitious names, as by authors. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pseudonymity — pseudonymous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ writing or written under a false name. DERIVATIVES pseudonymity noun pseudonymously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • pseudonymity — noun Date: 1877 the use of a pseudonym; also the fact or state of being signed with a pseudonym …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pseudonymity — /soohd n im i tee/, n. 1. pseudonymous character. 2. use of a pseudonym. [1875 80; PSEUDONYM + ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • pseudonymity — noun The state of being pseudonymous, of hiding ones true identity behind a pseudonym …   Wiktionary

  • pseudonymity — pseu·do·nym·i·ty …   English syllables

  • pseudonymity — /sjudəˈnɪməti/ (say syoohduh nimuhtee) noun 1. pseudonymous character. 2. the use of a pseudonym …   Australian English dictionary

  • pseudonymity — ˌsüdənˈiməd.ē, mətē, i noun ( es) Etymology: pseudonym + ity : the use (as by an author) of a pseudonym; also : the fact or state of being signed (as of a book or other writing) with a pseudonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pseudepigraf — Als Pseudepigraphie (griechisch ψευδεπιγραφία – wörtlich etwa „die Falschzuschreibung“, von ψευδ „unecht, unwahr“ und επιγράφω „ich schreibe zu“) bezeichnet man das Phänomen, dass ein Text fälschlicherweise einem bekannten Verfasser zugeschrieben …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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