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ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, BOOK VI. ii. X.
Now Clement, writing in the sixth book of the Hypotyposes, makes
this statement. For he says that Peter and James and John, after the
Saviour's ascension, though pre-eminently honoured by the Lord, did
not contend for glory, but made James the Just, bishop of Jerusalem.
EUSEBIUS: ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, II. 15.
So, then, through the visit of the divine word to them, the power of
Simon was extinguished, and immediately was destroyed along with the
man himself. And such a ray of godliness shone forth on the minds of
Peter's hearers, that they were not satisfied with the once hearing
or with the unwritten teaching of the divine proclamation, but with
all manner of entreaties importuned Mark, to whom the Gospel is
ascribed, he being the companion of Peter, that he would leave in
writing a record of the teaching which had been delivered to them
verbally; and did not let the man alone till they prevailed upon
him; and so to them we owe the Scripture called the "Gospel by
Mark." On learning what had been done, through the revelation of the
Spirit, it is said that the apostle was delighted with the
enthusiasm of the men, and sanctioned the composition for reading in
the Churches. Clemens gives the narrative in the sixth book of the
Then, also, as the divine Scripture says, Herod, on the execution of
James, seeing that what was done pleased the Jews, laid hands also
on Peter; and having put him in chains, would have presently put him
to death, had not an angel in a divine vision appeared to him by
night, and wondrously releasing him from his bonds, sent him away to
the ministry of preaching.
EUSEBIUS: ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, VI. 14.
And in the Hypotyposes, in a word, he has made abbreviated
narratives of the whole testamentary Scripture; and has not passed
over the disputed books,--I mean Jude and the rest of the Catholic
Epistles and Barnabas, and what is called the Revelation of Peter.
And he says that the Epistle to the Hebrews is Paul's, and was
written to the Hebrews in the Hebrew language; but that Luke, having
carefully translated it, gave it to the Greeks, and hence the same
colouring in the expression is discoverable in this Epistle and the
Acts; and that the name "Paul an Apostle" was very properly not
pre-fixed, for, he says, that writing to the Hebrews, who were
prejudiced against him and suspected, he with great wisdom did not
repel them in the beginning by putting down his name.
EUSEBIUS: BOOK VII.
I Tim. ii. 6. "In his times;" that is, when men were in a condition
of fitness for faith.
I Tim. iii. 16. "Was seen of angels." O mystery! The angels saw
Christ while He was with us, not having seen Him before. Not as by
I Tim. v. 8. "And especially those of his own house." He provides
for his own and those of his own house, who not only provides for
his relatives, but also for himself, by extirpating the passions.
I Tim. v. 10. "If she have washed the feet of saints;" that is, if
she has performed without shame the meanest offices for the saints.
I Tim. v. 21. "Without prejudice;" that is, without falling under
the doom and punishment of disobedience through making any false
I Tim. vi. 13. "Who witnessed before Pontius Pilate." For He
testified by what he did that He was Christ the Son of God.
2 Tim. ii. 2. "By many witnesses;" that is, the law and the
prophets. For these the apostle made witnesses of his own preaching.
EUSEBIUS: ECCLESIASTCAL HISTORY, BOOK. VII. ii. 1.
To James the Just, and John and Peter, the Lord after His
resurrection imparted knowledge (<greek>thn</greek>
<greek>gnwsin</greek>.) These imparted it to the rest of the
apostles, and the rest of the apostles to the Seventy, of whom
Barnabas was one.
EUSEBIUS: THE SAME, II. 2.
And of this James, Clement also relates an anecdote worthy of
remembrance in the seventh book of the Hypotyposes, from a tradition
of his predecessors. He says that the man who brought him to trial,
on seeing him bear his testimony, was moved, and confessed that he
was a Christian himself. Accordingly, he says, they were both led
away together, and on the way the other asked James to forgive him.
And he, considering a little, said, "Peace be to thee" and kissed
him. And so both were beheaded together.
EUSEBIUS: THE SAME, VI. 14.
And now, as the blessed Presbyter used to say, since the Lord, as
the Apostle of the Almighty, was sent to the Hebrews, Paul, as
having been sent to the Gentiles, did not subscribe himself apostle
of the Hebrews, out of modesty and reverence for the Lord, and
because, being the herald and apostle of the Gentiles, his writing
to the Hebrews was something over and above [his assigned function.]
EUSEBIUS: THE SAME.
Again, in the same books Clement has set down a tradition which he
had received from the elders before him, in regard to the order of
the Gospels, to the following effect. He says that the Gospels
containing the genealogies were written first, and that the Gospel
according to Mark was composed in the following circumstances:--
Peter having preached the word publicly at Rome, and by the Spirit
proclaimed the Gospel, those who were present, who were numerous,
entreated Mark, inasmuch as he had attended him from an early
period, and remembered what had been said, to write down what had
been spoken. On his composing the Gospel, he handed it to those who
had made the request to him; which coming to Peter's knowledge, he
neither hindered nor encouraged. But John, the last of all, seeing
that what was corporeal was set forth in the Gospels, on the
entreaty of his intimate friends, and inspired by the Spirit,
composed a spiritual Gospel.