Re: Ftnote on FASI in Eus + Clement
- --- In email@example.com, "Stephen C. Carlson" <scarlson@m...>
> I'm on travel for the next couple of days, so I don't have readyYou may not have received my final post on Eusebius and Clement
> access to Grant, which I am interested in looking at. Did Grant
> give reasons for why he takes the 2.15 FASI passage as coming
> from Clement?
before you sent this question.
No, Grant doesn't give reasons. And you will see that he takes
Peter's non-endorsement of the Gospel of Mark in 6:14 very seriously
as undoubtedly going back to Clement. Grant is just willing to
entertain the possibility that the tradition of the apostle ratifying
the document for reading in the churches and the tradition of Peter's
not disapproving or approving of Mark's Gospel are both Clementine.
But Grant is characteristically cagey, for his phraseology suggests
that he is not sure that Eusebius is coming clean regarding the first
tradition, that is, the positive one reported in 2:15. So there is
nothing in his discussion that would call into question the substance
of your reconstruction and something to support it.
I've already posted my own satisfaction with the way you've sorted
things out. I confess that I became more interested in Eusebius and
Clement than with trying to trace the Peter/Mark trajectory all the
way back to the first century. For me Eusebius and Clement are rather
Without direct access to Clement's Outlines it is impossible to
decide positively about that FASI passage, as you've admitted. But
I'll keep this particular issue of phraseology and literary convention
in mind when I poke around in Eusebius' and Clement's Greek in
connection with my normal research (such as it is), which employs the
histories of Socrates, Sozomen, Theodoret, and Philostorgius far more
than that of Eusebius. The convention of reporting a variety of
different versions of an historical event is, of course, common in the
later histories as well. I ran a complete search on FASI passages in
Clement's Stromata: he seems to employ it in the standard way.
Thomas A. Kopecek
Professor of Religion
Central College, Pella, IA 5