lundi 25 juin 2012

Acharya Gets the Therapeutae Wrong, Methinks

Acharya Post subject: Therapeuts and Ancient Usages of the Greek Word Therapeuo Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:25 pmEusebius, book II Chapter 17. Philo's Account of the Ascetics of Egypt.
Relevant passage from Acharya:Relevant Passage from Eusebius:
First discussed in detail as a sect by Philo Judaeus of Alexandria, the Therapeuts were named by Eusebius in the 4th century as the early Christians whose "short allegorical works" served as the basis of the gospels.11. They have also writings of ancient men, who were the founders of their sect, and who left many monuments of the allegorical method. These they use as models, and imitate their principles.

12. These things seem to have been stated by a man who had heard them expounding their sacred writings. But it is highly probable that the works of the ancients, which he says they had, were the Gospels and the writings of the apostles, and probably some expositions of the ancient prophets, such as are contained in the Epistle to the Hebrews, and in many others of Paul's Epistles.

...18. But if after these things any one still obstinately persists in denying the reference, let him renounce his incredulity and be convinced by yet more striking examples, which are to be found nowhere else than in the evangelical religion of the Christians.

Eusebius does not say that the Gospels which were probably writings of their ancients (meaning the synoptics were already in existance, if Eusebius is right) is the same as their monuments of the allegorical method, i e of exposing the Old Testament. If anything, the Epistle to the Hebrews would qualify as such a monument. But more likely it includes fuller lists of OT figures of Jesus and of Mary. Such as we find in Origen./HGL