[Synoptic-L] Papias citation
- John N. Lupia
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TO: Stephen Carlson
I do know that the Chapter Library of Nimes had a medieval
catalog that lists the following entry: "librum Papie, librum
de verbis Domini" (a book by Papias, a book of the words of the
Lord). Unfortunately, this library was destroyed in the 1500s
by the Huguenots, before it had a chance for its contents to be
edited and published. See D.C. Parker, THE LIVING TEXT OF THE
GOSPELS (1997): 99 n.2 citing C. H. Turner, STUDIES IN EARLY
CHURCH HISTORY: COLLECTED PAPERS (1912): 247 n.8.
Both Parker and Turner missed the original scholar who published this:
PHILIP SCHAFF, HISTORY of the CHRISTIAN CHURCH Vol. 2. (NY, 5th ed.
1889) see footnote 1289
Full Citation Below
 LOGIWN KURIWN ECHGHSI , Explanatio sermonum Domini. The word
ECHGHSI" here no doubt means interpretation of some already existing
gospel record, since Anastasius of Sinai (d. 599) classes Papias among
Biblical exegetes or interpreters. He probably took as his text the
canonical Gospels, and gave his own comments on the Lord's Discourses
therein contained, together with additional sayings which he had
derived, directly or indirectly, from personal disciples of Christ.
Although this work has disappeared for several centuries, it may
possibly yet be recovered either in the original, or in a Syriac or
Armenian version. The work was still extant in 1218 in the MSS.
collection of the church at Nismes, according to Gallandi and Pitra. It
is also mentioned thrice in the Catalogue of the Library of the
Benedictine Monastery of Christ Church, Canterbury, contained in the
Cottonian MS. of the thirteenth or fourteenth century. Donaldson, p.
402. On the meaning of logia see Vol. I. 622 sq.
Peace in Christ,
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