Re: [textualcriticism] Epiphanius of Salamis
- Generally speaking, Epiphanius did not create groups to call heresies. He
admits uncertainty about his information in some cases, but Epiphanius is not
known as a creative or imaginative writer.
Quoting Bruno <Br.Bruno@...>:
> Someone wrote that Epiphanius "invented some heresies" just to be able to[....]
> refute them.
- I know of no evidence that Epiphanius invented documents in order toquote from them, which for text-critical purposes is probably theimportant issue. ie documents quoted by Epiphanius are usually onesthat he believed to be authentic and quoted accurately.When Epiphanius is not quoting from documents but telling us whathe thinks about the groups that used these documents he should betaken with caution.The status of heretical groups for which Epiphanius presents nodocumentary evidence should also be regarded with caution.Stories by Epiphanius about ritual sexual abuse should becategorically disbelieved.Andrew Criddle----- Original Message -----From: BrunoSent: Friday, October 22, 2004 4:16 PMSubject: [textualcriticism] Epiphanius of SalamisHello list-members,
Someone wrote that Epiphanius "invented some heresies" just to be able to refute them.
Is that probable? Or does it just mean that the only thing we know about some heresies, is
found in his writings?
I hope this is on-topic, because... IF he was inventing stories, that would highly
decrease his value for TC purposes.
Anyone read a scholarly opinion on this?