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Re: [hugoye-list] Ephrem of Nisibis on Matthew 28:19

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  • Filotheu Monahul
    St. Ignatius is citing the text in *Epistulae interpolatae et epistulae suppositiciae* (recensio longior), the 6th epistle, ch. 9. St. Justin is citing the
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      St. Ignatius is citing the text in Epistulae interpolatae et epistulae suppositiciae (recensio longior), the 6th epistle, ch. 9.

      St. Justin is citing the text in Expositio rectae fidei (ed. Morel, p. 376).

      One more author is St. Irenaeus, citing the text, in an explained form, in his Adversus haereses, 1st book, 14th chapter.

      On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 3:05 AM, Kevin Robinson <mabdakckpr@...> wrote:

      Respectfully, where precisely in Ignatius of Antioch or Justin Martyr is this text cited?

      From: hugoye-list@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hugoye-list@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Filotheu Monahul
      Sent: 20 August 2008 03:37
      To: hugoye-list@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [hugoye-list] Ephrem of Nisibis on Matthew 28:19

      Any hate against St. Constantine the Great has no reason whatsoever.

      The lack of Mt. 28:19 in most of the papyri doesn't mean too much, as there are precise testimonies of these words (πορευθεντες ουνμαθητευσατε παντα τα εθνη βαπτιζοντες αυτους εις το ονομα του πατρος και του υιου και του αγιου πνευματος ) being cited in St. Ignatius of Antioch, Justin the Philosopher, Hyppolitus, Tertullian, Cyprianus, Origenes, and even Eusebius of Caesarea (Contra Marcellum).

      The existance of certain papyri cover only a small geographical area in which they were able to resist until our age. Not having written papyri from Rome, Ephesus, Antioch, Carthage does not mean in these areas the Christians were not baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, with three (3) submersions. Also does not mean in these areas Christians were not struggling to have copies of the New Testament. What is sure is the fact that time didn't allow their copies to reach our age.

      On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 1:59 AM, Gregory Davis <brothergregory@...> wrote:

      These Greetings are posted in Jesus the Anointed who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
      According to Conybeare:
      Eusebius cites this text (Matt. 28:19) again and again in works written between 300 and 336, namely in his long commentaries on the Psalms, on Isaiah, his Demonstratio Evangelica, his Theophany ...in his famous history of the Church, and in his panegyric of the emperor Constantine. I have, after a moderate search in these works of Eusebius, found eighteen citations of Matthew 28:19, and always in the following form: 'Go ye and make disciples of all the nations in My name, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I commanded you.'

      This writer also found an additional cite from a book entitled:


      Hebrew Gospel of Matthew

      Professor of Religion University of Georgia (retired)

      George Howard

      ISBN-13 978-0865549890


      That confirms Eusebius, "Go ye and make disciples of all the nations in My name, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I command you," by publication in the early '90s. There are exhaustive notices in theological books of the West that confirm that the phrase in contention that is being prepared for priestly consideraton, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" is a later insertion by men from out of the liturgical practice decided by the Nicene Council chaired by the Emperor Constantine.


      Question: Did Ephrem of Nisibis quote from Matthew 28:19? The Oriental Orthodox Churches all practice the baptismal rite according to the "name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit" but are there Church Fathers of the Syriac that differ? Or, recent discovered Syriac notices that confirm this phrase as the falsified Word?


      In meetings with Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Holy Synod in Exile archpriests this subject is of real concern in theological discussions regarding truth of doctrine and authoritative baptismal practice. Any additional source material that can be provided has real time significance for the church militant against the hells. Therefore, I ask if anyone can be provident in this regards my joy will be heavenly in the reception.


      In His service,



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