Studia Biblica Et Ecclesiastica; Essays in Biblical and Patristic Criticism, by Members of the University of Oxford Volume 2

Studia Biblica Et Ecclesiastica; Essays in Biblical and Patristic Criticism, by Members of the University of Oxford Volume 2

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...is Head of the Church, but apparently this primacy is to pass to Peter and Clement as his successor. Yet by the side of the ordinary hierarchy we read of a Council of Seventy1 who keep watch and ward over the orthodoxy of the Church, after the model of the Seventy Jewish Elders. This is the most difficult and perplexing portion of this singular work, and it is just here that we get a glimpse into its real origin. The Homilies are deeply tinctured by the influence of Elxai's Book of Mormon. Any one who reads the fragments of that book will feel it to be impossible that the high Catholic hierarchy2 can belong to the same block as the daily bath, the communion of bread and salt, the masonic oath, and the Seventy Elders. Even in Eastern Syria we cannot believe without the clearest historical evidence that so incongruous a combination actually existed. The Homilies are surely the work of a Catholic convert to Ebionitism, who thought he saw in the doctrine of the Two Powers the only tenable answer to Gnosticism. We can separate his Catholicism from his Ebionitism just as surely as his Stoicism. III. It is unnecessary for my present purpose to state in detail the argument against Gnosticism as it is delivered in the Homilies3. But this is the proper connection in which to speak of the author's relation to St. Paul. The view here taken of his position will help us better to understand his famous attack upon the great apostle of the Gentiles. 1 Ep. Petri ad Jac. 2 npeaPvrtpovs yelp oZroi ixovoi, says Epiphanius (Haer. xxx. 18), Kal apxiavvay&yovs. Svva.fw-fiv Si Ovtoi Kaovai rrjv tavriav iKKrjalav nal oixt " Ki)aiav. Let the reader compare this with Hom. iii. 67. 3 There are however some points in the treatment of Gnosticism in the Homilies which...show more

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