Bibliotheca Sacra, Or, Tracts and Essays on Topics Connected with Biblical Literature and Theology Volume 1

Bibliotheca Sacra, Or, Tracts and Essays on Topics Connected with Biblical Literature and Theology Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843-01-01 edition. Excerpt: ...the name of Maronites. Such is the account of Eutychius, Patriarch of Alexandria, who wrote in the last half of the ninth century.1 Such is also the assertion of the venerable William of Tyre near the close of the twelfth century. From him too we further learn, that in the year 1180, during a truce between king Baldwin IV. and Saladin, the whole body of the Maronites, amounting to more than 40,000 souls, who for five centuries had adhered to the Monothelitic heresy, publicly abjured that doctrine, submitted themselves in spiritual affairs to Aimeric, the third Latin patriarch of Antioch, and joined their forces to those of the crusaders.2 From that time until the present day, they have remained steadfast adherents of the Roman pontiffs. Later Maronite writers, and among them the learned Assemani, have indeed attempted to prove, that the taint of heresy never soiled the Maronite name, and that they were always of a pure faith, and in communion with the orthodox churches. But the express testimony of Eutychius, supported as it is by William of Tyre who lived and wrote almost upon the spot, is too strong to be set aside on any grounds of criticism, much less of mere conjecture. They venerate still a St. Maron as the founder and patron of their nation; but they are said to regard him as a holy hermit, who in the fifth century dwelt on the Orontes, and in whose honour a celebrated monastery of Mai on afterwards sprung up at Hamah. From this monastery, they say, came John the Maronite. But as all this is mere matter of tradition, and stands connected with the alleged orthodoxy of their ancient faith, there is strong reason to suppose, that the story may be nothing more than one of those patriotic legends which often cluster around the origin of a...
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  • English
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