Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Note to Readers of My Developing Thesis

I have uncovered an important proof that Irenaeus wrote De praescriptione haereticorum. It hasn't been noticed before by scholars. Cyril of Jerusalem cites:

For the heretics, who are most profane in all things, have sharpened their tongue against the Holy Ghost also, and have dared to utter impious things; as Irenæus the advisor has written in his Prescription Against Heresies. 

Οἱ γὰρ περὶ πάντα ἀνοσιώτατοι αἱρετικοὶ καὶ κατὰ τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος ὤξυναν τὴν γλῶσσαν καὶ ἐτόλμησαν εἰπεῖν τὰ ἀθέμιτα, καθὼς Εἰρηναῖος ὁ ἐξηγητὴς ἐν τοῖς προστάγμασι τοῖς πρὸς τὰς αἱρέσεις ἔγραψεν

I think this closes the door on any objections to the idea that an Irenaean text was behind Tertullian's De praescriptione haereticorum.  The description of Irenaeus as ἐξηγητὴς can also mean 'interpreter' - but an interpreter or what here?

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