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Mucianus and Onesimus

Upon second thought, if we are to take Mucianus seriously as a son of Paul, then obviously he could only have been an "eldest son" rather than a true son. Since Mucianus was a commander in the 60's, he could not have been born in the mid-50's.

In general, an "eldest son" was at first useful but later not useful, that is, someone to sweep aside once natural sons were born and raised. In Paul's case, Mucianus seems to have only become useful to him later in life. Supposedly Mucianus depised Vespatian, but he turned out to be the one that encouraged Vespatian to claim the throne and offer his full support.

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