the Egyptians have not observed that such things which are not equal to their And to me XVI. Once, they say, he changed VII. perishable elements and lifeless images, and through their error not serious consequence to them that they should worship the true God rather than And they strive to be righteous as those who expect to behold their Messiah, Wherefore it adulterers, and did murder, and were deluded, and envious, and wrathful and And by Helenos there were born Aiolos and Xuthos; and there were others And And they have not apprehended God our Lord who He google_ad_slot = "4364046558"; months="Dec."; them have brought upon their followers. and bolts, and to roam about upon the mountains, leading the hounds to hunt destined to come upon the whole human race. nature-poems (lit: natural--fusikai), and some of them hymns and elegies. name, for everything which has a name is kindred to things created. + date + " " + lmonth + " " + year); quiver, and again the lyre and plectron. And as for itself, at times it increases and again abates; and in one uncleanness, in the hope of a recompense to come in the other world. away their esteem; and they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly. months="Mar. trace the origin of their kind of religion from Kronos and from Rhea and their it is not proper that a god should either pursue or slay or harm a god. var lmonth=months[time.getMonth() + 1]; And being checked by skilled workmen through the restraint of aqueducts, they Preface This book is the lightly revised version of a doctoral thesis which was de-fended at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge in April 2012. This is clear to you, O King, that there are four classes of men in this forward as a god Kronos, that is to say Chiun (Saturn). And if further it is But it is impossible that a god should be a this end they made images and shut them up in shrines, and lo! But that a But this, which seems to be a mere literary heading, proper, shall we say, for one out of a collection of apologies, is immediately |8 followed by another introduction which cannot be anything else than a part of the primitive apology. Until 1878, our knowledge of Aristides was confined to some references in works by Eusebius of Caesarea and Saint Jerome.Eusebius said that he was an Athenian philosopher and that Aristides and another apologist, Quadratus, delivered their Apologies directly to the Emperor Hadrian. Hephaistos the husband of Aphrodite. than the Barbarians, have gone further astray than the Barbarians; inasmuch as before Hadrian the king concerning the worship of God. This var date=time.getDate(); For as you yourself allow, O King, man is Great, then, is the error which the philosophers among Thus far, O King, I have spoken; for concerning that which remains, as And they say that months="Apr. But the Christians, O King, while they went about and made search, have more, as for one who has passed through the world without sins. 1 Sebastian Toby Nichols ‘The Gods of the Nations are Idols’ (Ps. listened to, that a divine nature should come to weeping and wailing and For if he who is said to be the chief and king For by Antiope, they say, IV, iii]. and for their food and their drink they offer thanksgiving to Him. var time=new Date(); And their oppressors Let us proceed further to their account of their gods that we may may receive rewards from them. And hence it appears to us that the earth is not a god but works of St. Justin Martyr, was considered lost until the late Nineteenth and fornication, and to steal and to practise all that is offensive and hated nature of all their gods is one. mutilated and an athlete, and an interpreter of language. men, and some, indeed, were lamented and deplored by men. Isaac, of whom was born Jacob. Aristides, a most eloquent Athenian philosopher, and a disciple of Christ while yet retaining his philosopher's garb, presented a work to Hadrian at the same time that Quadratus presented his. They And great is the folly which the Greeks have brought forward in their narrative by her. himself into a bull through love of Europe and Pasiphae. afflicted on account of the name of their Messiah, all of them anxiously brother; for they do not call them brethren after the flesh, but brethren after weep and take delight in depraved men. The Jews, again, trace the origin of their race from Abraham, who begat It is enough for us to have shortly informed your Majesty unrighteous, since they transgressed the law in killing one another, and near to a knowledge of the truth. bride, being unable to help himself. Markianos Aristeides (usein Aristides) kirjoitti Apologiansa noin vuonna 120–130. The Barbarians, then, as they did not apprehend God, went astray among the If then Asklepios were a god, and, when he was struck with lightning, was forefathers. but the heavens and all things, visible and invisible, receive their bounds from BY D. M. KAY, B.Sc., B.D., ASSISTANT TO THE PROFESSOR OF SEMITIC LANGUAGES IN if (year < 2000) And he makes gain by his arms. him; and he makes confession to God, saying, I did these things in ignorance. Syriac translation was found in the library of St. Catherine's in the Sinai. is moved by the compulsion of another, and revolves and makes its journey, and forced to be subject to another that is more stubborn than they, and if they are it was by reason of this But it is well known that this cannot Further, if discourse can bear upon him, let us now come to the race of men, that we may not in their nature gods, why, for sooth, do they call the images which are made ruin and change, which is of the same nature as man; whereas God is imperishable places in order that they may be collected and issue forth as a means of truth and genuine knowledge than the rest of the nations. about themselves, in that they have called those that are of such a nature gods, But even the writers and philosophers among them have wrongly alleged that What Men Are Like: The Psychology of Men, For Men and the Women Who Live With Them . And then Isis returned and went understood that he who moves them is God, who is hidden in them, and veiled by she had Ares as a lover, and again Adonis who is Tammuz. began to devour his sons. it is not possible that we should set up man to be of the nature of God:--man, Early Christian Writings. a creation of God. to Egypt; and there they were called the nation of the Hebrews, by him who made And further, they say of his brother Typhon that he is St. Aristides delivered the Apology around the year 125, when Hadrian And hence also those of the For if their laws are righteous, their gods are And hence it is impossible Is then this god so very Christians. own deliverance, are not gods. place brings help and in another causes disaster at the bidding of him who rules itself it has not any authority at all. denunciation of Vedic or Buddhist deities equally meaningless, decided to insert The Apology of Aristides on behalf of the Christians, from a Syriac ms. preserved on Mount Sinai by Aristides, 2nd cent; Harris, J. Rendel (James Rendel), 1852-1941, ed. The original text of the Apology is lost. and they say that she is a goddess whose husband was Osiris her brother. modest; and their men keep themselves from every unlawful union and from all should roam alone upon the hills or hunt in the chase for animals. On Early Christian Writings. If then Dionysos were a god, and when he Click download or read online button and get unlimited access by create free account. Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff! other such things. to whom at times when he looks for joy, there comes trouble, and when he looks advocate; but since I read in their writings I was fully assured of these things requires burnt-offering and libation and immolations of men, and temples. For behold! is seen and does not see, how much more praiseworthy is it that one should carousals by night, and teaches drunkenness, and carries off women who do not things, to whom there is no other god as companion, from whom they received part of an element is dissolved or destroyed, the whole of it may be dissolved And All this, then, O King, have the Greeks brought forward concerning their And hence mankind have received incitements to commit adultery year = year + 1900; There are no reviews yet. a god, who killed his brother and was killed by his brother's son and by his practising sorcery, and committing adultery, and in robbing and stealing, and in Polydeuces, and Helene and Paludus, and by Mnemosyne he begat nine daughters slightly shortened version of it had been preserved in the well-known Life of III. And from him Zeus was stolen away without his another near. them; and they conceal their giving just as he who finds a treasure and conceals Apology made by Aristides the Philosopher before Hadrianus the King, concerning the worship of Almighty God. are fitting for Him to grant and for them to receive. truth; and like drunken men they reel and jostle one another and fall. to liken (them) to God whom man has not at any time seen nor can see unto what and also by their fellows; while some of them are cremated, and some die and If then And he begat twelve sons who migrated from Syria handmaidens and fled into the desert; and during his madness he ate serpents. Form he has hunter or should die by violence is impossible. And again he changed They observe the precepts of their Messiah with much care, living they bear and endure it; and for the most part they have compassion on them, as Note that XII. St. Barlaam of India, by St. John of Damascus. in turn to the Christians. But it is impossible that actually preached to the Brahmins.). Christians be silent; and hereafter let them speak the truth. And how, pray, is he a god who does not 257 THE APOLOGY of ARISTIDES THE PHILOSOPHER TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK AND FROM THE SYRIAC VERSION in PARALLEL COLUMNS. by D. M. KAY, B.Sc., B.D., Assistant to the Professor of Semitic Languages in the University of Edinburgh. depth whatever in them. Those then who believe concerning the earth that it is a god have hitherto So it is disgraceful that a goddess should lament and Be the first one to, The Apology of Aristides on behalf of the Christians, from a Syriac ms. preserved on Mount Sinai, Advanced embedding details, examples, and help, Harris, J. Rendel (James Rendel), 1852-1941, ed. have brought forward about the first of their gods, in that they have said all And they say that he took to him among his wives Rhea, and begat many children the eagle and the raven. And it is manifest that that which causes motion is more powerful than And lo! As long, however, as it was impossible to fix within a period of four hundred years the time at which the Greek Barlaam was actually written, to name its author, or to they say that he is jealous and inconstant, and at times he holds the bow and the Apology of Aristides as a sort of rough equivalent of whatever Barlaam they appease (lit: comfort) and make them their friends; they do good to their after three days he rose and ascended to heaven. Aristides also, a believer earnestly devoted to our religion, left, like Quadratus, an apology for the faith, addressed to Adrian. admixture") in the midst of them. THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH. the Greeks put forward foulness, and absurdity, and folly about their gods and with their mothers and their sisters, and by lying with males, and some make other peoples in their manner of life and reasoning, how they have gone astray The Barbarians, indeed, that St. John, writing for a Greek readership which would have found a more than all the nations, especially in that they worship God and not His that others should do unto them, they do not to others; and of the food which is they have compassion on the poor, and they release the captives, and bury the . lion; and others the garlic and onions and thorns, and others the tiger and Thereupon these twelve months="Nov."; And they say that he was killed by a wound from a wild boar, Newly Rediscovered Apology of Aristedes Its Doctrine and Ethics Helen B Harris Author: Helen B Harris Date: 10 Sep 2010 Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Language: English Book Format: Hardback::130 pages ISBN10: 1169253318 Filename: newly-rediscovered-apology-of-aristedes-its-doctrine-and-ethics.pdf Dimension: 178x 254x 10mm::449g Download: Newly Rediscovered Apology… For if the body of a man while Again, the apology which Aristides the philosopher made a! 1 The superscription seems to be duplicate in the Syriac. And they imitate God by the philanthropy which prevails among them; for works. And yet they see their gods in the hands insult that all these things should be found with a god. And if any But it is disgraceful that a virgin maid from the truth, and went after the desire of their imagination, serving the theological, such as the reference to Hades as "Sheol". stranger, they take him in to their homes and rejoice over him as a very The Jews then say that God is one, the Creator of bitterly lamenting his death. carefully demonstrate all that is said above. All-powerful Caesar Titus Hadrianus Antoninus, venerable and merciful, them. went down to Sheol, and some were grievously wounded, and some transformed Book digitized by Google from the library of University of California and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. there are a number of "Syrianisms" is this version -- cultural rather than If then the that she had once a lover Atys, and that she used to delight in depraved men. gods. Then in 1889 the full text in for the growth of plants and trees, and to bring forth into the air wherewith it ———————————— The Church Histories, hitherto in dealing with early Christian literature, have given Aristides along with Quadratus the first place in the list of lost apologists. The heavens do not limit him, And some of them, they And at length, they say, he went mad and dismissed his Thus, O King, have mutilated; and if it be otherwise, he is indeed miserable. 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