Titus 1:12,13 from the NASB
One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Does the author of Titus not just get the paradox here, or the intended one, or is this a case of PseudoPauline hyperbole?
The paradox is easy; credited to Epimenides, it goes,
Of course, the same web page shows an interesting solution to the paradox, but notwithstanding, either the author of Titus does not understand this paradox or is using an unusual hyperbole to make a point, or, more strangely, understands the solution to the "paradox."
I thought of this when we were discussing outside sources quoted as prophecy or inspired text. Is Epimenides inspired? How did this paradox sneak in?
I would like to know your opinion as to whether the author of Titus does or does not understand the paradox, and your speculation on what impact such a text being quoted in a pseudepigraphical epistle of the early second century would have had on the fledgling churches. Perhaps it reveals the "Hellenistic gulf," between that which were imports from Hellenistic thought and that which was Eastern in origin. I would contend that the real Paul would have grasped the paradox, but that the author of Titus apparently does not. Could this be a clue into the situs of the composition of Titus?