It was not, however, in exact order that he related the sayings or deeds of Christ. For he relates that a dead man was raised to life in his day. For of one thing he took special care, not to omit anything he had heard, and not to put anything fictitious into the statements. Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. The same person, moreover, has set down other things as coming to him from unwritten tradition, among these some strange parables and instructions of the Saviourand some pspias things of a more fabulous nature. From Ante-Nicene FathersVol.
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Moreover, Papias himself, in the introduction to his books, makes it manifest that he was not himself a hearer and eye- witness of the holy apostles ; but he tells us that he received the truths of our religion from those who were acquainted with them [the apostles ] in the following words:] But I shall not be unwilling to put down, along with my interpretations, whatsoever instructions I received with care at any time from the elders, and stored up with care in my memory, assuring you at the same time of their truth.
For I did not, like the multitude, take pleasure in those who spoke much, but in those who taught the truth ; nor in those who related strange commandments, but in those who rehearsed the commandments given by the Lord to faith , and proceeding from truth itself.
For I imagined that what was to be got from books was not so profitable to me as what came from the living and abiding voice. IV As the elders who saw John the disciple of the Lord remembered that they had heard from him how the Lord taught in regard to those times, and said]: The days will come in which vines shall grow, having each ten thousand branches, and in each branch ten thousand twigs, and in each true twig ten thousand shoots, and in every one of the shoots ten thousand clusters, and on every one of the clusters ten thousand grapes, and every grape when pressed will give five-and-twenty metretes of wine.
And he added, saying, Now these things are credible to believers. Isaiah ff.. The presbyters , the disciples of the apostles , say that this is the gradation and arrangement of those who are saved, and that they advance through steps of this nature; and that, moreover, they ascend through the Spirit to the Son , and through the Son to the Father; and that in due time the Son will yield up His work to the Father , even as it is said by the apostle, For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. But when He says all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. Accordingly he mentions them frequently by name, and in his writings gives their traditions.
Our notice of these circumstances may not be without its use. It may also be worth while to add to the statements of Papias already given, other passages of his in which he relates some miraculous deeds , stating that he acquired the knowledge of them from tradition. The residence of the Apostle Philip with his daughters in Hierapolis has been mentioned above.
We must now point out how Papias , who lived at the same time, relates that he had received a wonderful narrative from the daughters of Philip. For he relates that a dead man was raised to life in his day. He also mentions another miracle relating to Justus, surnamed Barsabas, how he swallowed a deadly poison, and received no harm, on account of the grace of the Lord.
The same person, moreover, has set down other things as coming to him from unwritten tradition, among these some strange parables and instructions of the Saviour , and some other things of a more fabulous nature.
Amongst these he says that there will be a millennium after the resurrection from the dead, when the personal reign of Christ will be established on this earth. For information on these points, we can merely refer our readers to the books themselves; but now, to the extracts already made, we shall add, as being a matter of primary importance, a tradition regarding Mark who wrote the Gospel , which he [ Papias ] has given in the following words]: And the presbyter said this.
Mark having become the interpreter of Peter , wrote down accurately whatsoever he remembered. It was not, however, in exact order that he related the sayings or deeds of Christ. For he neither heard the Lord nor accompanied Him. Wherefore Mark made no mistake in thus writing some things as he remembered them. For of one thing he took special care, not to omit anything he had heard, and not to put anything fictitious into the statements.
And he also gives another story of a woman who was accused of many sins before the Lord, which is to be found in the Gospel according to the Hebrews. And he says, immediately after this: but it happened that their arrangement came to nothing. Mary the mother of the Lord; 2. Mary Salome, wife of Zebedee, mother of John the evangelist and James; 4.
Mary Magdalene. These four are found in the Gospel. Mary Salome 3 is called Salome either from her husband or her village. Some affirm that she is the same as Mary of Cleophas, because she had two husbands. About this page Source. Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson.
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