The 2nd Pope Linus might be based on a fictional Pope A. The fictional second Pope Linus is named from 2 Timothy 4:21 because he was the last male that Paul mentioned in that epistle just before Paul is allegedly executed. In context of chapter 4 of Timothy Paul advises followers to beware of those who do not want to listen to sound doctrine by only to “what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Tim 4:3). This is amazing because if Linus is a fictional person then he might be a pun on a “Linus song” reported by Herodotus in Book 2:78 “The Egyptians keep to their native customs and never adopt any from abroad. Many customs and never adopt any from abroad. Many of these customs are interesting, especially, perhaps, “The Linus song”. This person, under diffident names, is celebrated in song not only in Egypt but in Phoenicia, Cyprus and the Greeks”. This Egyptian Linus died young. Linus in Greek=ailinos, a morning cry meaning “woe to us” interpreted as “woe to Linus”. Their sixth Pope they called “Sixus” and the puns just roll on. So was this a coincidence? No. This wasn’t the first time the Christians used Herodotus works to build up a composite figure like Jesus for their stories. Lets take Zalmoxis in book 4:94-96 of his Histories.