Ancient Jewish-Christian dialogues: Athanasius and by William Varner

By William Varner

This paintings offers the texts and translations of 3 historic Jewish-Christian dialogues: The discussion of Athanasius and Zacchaeus (Greek, 4th c.); The discussion of Simon and Theophilus (Latin, fifth c.); and The discussion of Timothy and Aquila (Greek, sixth c.). this can be the 1st released translation of every of those texts. An advent discusses the context of those dialogues within the "Contra Judaeos" literature of the early church and likewise explores the query of whether they signify any real dialogue among Jews and Christians and likewise what reasons those dialogues served. cautious cognizance has been made to the dialogues' use of the Bible, in particular the previous testomony, in furthering the dialogue concerning the Messiah. To this finish a entire Scriptural Index encourages larger comparative learn of those dialogues. it's the translator's function to show those works, which were the fear of a small circle of targeted students, to a much wider scholarly viewers and to inspire higher research of them and their function within the background of Jewish Christian kin.

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33. Zacchaeus said: The sign was this: Before the child would know how to call his mother or father. he would receive the power of Damascus and vessels of Samaria (lsa. 8:4). Athanasius: What child before he could call "father" or "mother" could refuse evil to choose the good (lsa. 7: 16). and take the power of Damascus and the vessels of Samaria. unless it was the Messiah only? For when he was lying in the manger. the Magi were sent from Herod came to inquire and to announce him. And they did not do what Herod sought.

Zacchaeus said: This will be the sin of Egypt, and the sin of all the nations, whoever does not go up to keep the Festival of Tabernacles. Athanasius: Yes, the Egyptians themselves He is willing to save and to bring them up to Jerusalem, but indeed not to continue in Egypt. 55. You do not need to show me that He wishes all to meet yearly in Jerusalem as perceived by the senses. For how is this to be possible that they will come from the ocean yearly to Jerusalem? But that this may be given also to you - that even if it was possible, they would occupy themselves with nothing except to do this only.

On the contrary, it benefits the dead and the foul smelling, drying them out, and causes the foul smelling to disappear. And do you think then that the Deity is defiled? Do you not rather believe that He sets apart the womb and He opens the gates of her womb? The architect manages all things, keeps her safe through it, and brings her to completion. 24. Zacchaeus said: And the wisdom of God - was ~e seen upon earth? Athanasius said: And why should this be strange? Hear Jeremiah speaking: This is our God; no other can be compared to him!

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