THE FOLLOWING IS ANOTHER EXTRACT FROM MY FORTHCOMING BOOK, WHICH DEALS WITH THE ONE CHRISTIAN FORGER WHO WAS CAUGHT RED-HANDED IN THE ACT. (THIS IS PART ONE; I WILL CONTINUE THE STORY IN THE NEXT POST)
The author was a Christian presbyter of Marseille named Salvian, who around 440 CE published a book Timothei ad Ecclesiam Libri IV. The name “Timothy,” of course, had clear apostolic connections from Pauline times. In his letter to the church, “Timothy” inveighed against a community that had grown rich and soft, while advocating radical almsgiving to the church (in the divestment of property). In his concern for total commitment to the gospel and an ascetic style of life, Salvian was not far removed from the concerns of another author, from about the same time, a pseudonymous “Titus” (the other of Paul’s Pastoral companions) who wrote a scathing attack on Christians who indulged in the joys of the flesh, condemning anyone, married or not, who engaged in sexual activities. The author of the forged letter of Titus was never discovered. But the author of the forged letter of Timothy was, by none other than his own bishop, Salonius of Geneva.
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