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Re: The Essene Name
Ian Hutchesson wrote:
> Russell Gmirkin wrote:
> >Two very good Ebionite primary source, available in one of the older
> >collections of writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, are the Kerygma
> >Petrou and the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions.
> I'm intrigued (partially through ignorance) how one knows that ClemRec
> into the murky category of being an Ebionite writing. (Not going into any
> deep analysis of the text I saw it quite influenced by Greek thought and
> presentation of argument given a lot of strong dialogue.) As a matter of
> fact any other leads on the text would be appreciated.
Schoeps seems to have sound arguments. According to Epiphanius, "They also
use other books, namely the so-called Itinerary of Peter written by
Clement..." (Panarion 30.15.1); "In the Ascents of James they... have James
expounding against the temple and sacrifices, and against the fire on the
altar; and there a good many other inanities" (Panarion 30.16.7). Embedded
within the 3rd-4th century Clementine Recognitions are older materials
obviously belonging to the Acts of Peter and the Ascents of James.
Epiphanius also records the Ebionites being anti-Paul, while a marginal note
in at least one MSS of ClemRec identifies "Saul" as the hostile man who
attacked James (at the climax of the Ascent of James passage).
> (And is Schoeps still in print?)
I sincerely doubt it.
-- Russell Gmirkin