Alexandrian Christianity (Library of Christian Classics) by Henry Chadwick, J. E. L. Oulton PDF

By Henry Chadwick, J. E. L. Oulton

ISBN-10: 0664241530

ISBN-13: 9780664241537

This quantity within the Library of Christian Classics sequence deals clean translations of chosen works of Clement and Origen of Alexandria.

Long well-known for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics presents students and scholars with smooth English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in historical past. via those works--each written ahead of the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to interact the tips that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.

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The ground for suspecting it is that, except here, Basilides' exegesis of Matt. " 3 I Cor. 7:9. " In his Ethics Isidore says in these very words: "Abstain,4 then, from a quarrelsome woman5 lest you are distracted from the grace of God. But when you have rejected the fire of the seed, then pray with an undisturbed conscience. And when your prayer of thanksgiving," he says, "descends to a prayer of request, and your request is not that in future you may do right, but that you may do no wrong, then marry.

Hort and Joseph B. Mayor (London, Macmillan, 1902). Mayor's translation has been revised at some places in accordance with the text of Stahlin. On Marriage Miscellanies, Book III THE TEXT CHAPTER I i. The Valentinians, who hold that the union of man and woman is derived from the divine emanation in heaven above, approve of marriage. "1 And their explanation of this saying is roughly as follows: Some men, from their birth, have a natural sense of repulsion from a woman; and those who are naturally so constituted do well not to marry.

The works of Theophrastus and Seneca on marriage, and above all the writings of the third-century Neoplatonist Porphyry, who collected together an enormous amount of material from earlier writers on this theme, illustrate Clement's observation. The Christian writers on asceticism in the fourth century drew heavily on Porphyry, undeterred by the fact that he was the most prominent and dangerous critic of Christianity of his time. , Ill, 4 and 82). , 33:2). The Montanists altogether excommunicated those who contracted second marriages, whether clerical or lay (see Tertullian, de Monogamia).

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