Part 4 - Defending the WT 1956 August 15th Page 504
NEW CATHOLIC ENCYLOPEDIA – Clement Of Alexandria:
“...The work entitled "Outlines" (Hypotyposeis) is likewise believed to be a production of the early activity of Clement. It was translated into Latin by Rufinus under the title "Dispositiones". It was in eight books, but is no longer extant, though numerous fragments have been preserved in Greek by Eusebius, Oecumenius, Maximus Confessor, John Moschos, and Photius. According to Zahn, a Latin fragment, "Adumbrationes Clementis Alexandrini in epistolas canonicas", translated by Cassiodorus and purged of objectionable passages, represents in part the text of Clement. Eusebius represents the "Outlines" as an abridged commentary, with doctrinal and historical remarks on the entire Bible and on the non-canonical "Epistle of Barnabas" and "Apocalypse of Peter". Photius, who had also read it describes it as a series of explanations of Biblical texts especially of Genesis, Exodus, the Psalms, Ecclesiastes and the Pauline and Catholic Epistles. He declares the work sound on some points, but adds that it contains "impieties and fables", such as the eternity of matter, the creatureship of the Word, plurality of words (Logoi), Docetism, metempsychosis, etc...” - (APA citation. Havey, F. (1908). Clement of Alexandria. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved February 15, 2010 from New Advent)So we gain several things from this article in the New Catholic Encyclopedia:
1. Clements writings were copied by Rufinus and Cassiodorus
2. Photius about Clement calling Jesus "a creature" - see previous posting aswell!
Notice the New Catholic Encyclopedia said that:
"...a Latin fragment, "Adumbrationes Clementis Alexandrini in epistolas canonicas", translated by Cassiodorus and PURGED OF OBJECTIONABLE PASSAGES..."These "objectionable passages" were no doubt about the "trinity"!
Rufinus is notorious for having done the same thing to Origen of Alexandria's writings, he also purged his works of "objectionable passages" to do with the "trinity", but not only that he ADDED TRINITARIAN PASSAGES to Origen's writings.
We shall learn more about Rufinus & Cassiodorus and their EDITING of Clements writings later.
So in this blog we have more SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE to verify the 1st statement by Dr Alvin Lamson as quoted in the ***WT 1956 August 15th Page 504*** is CORRECT and ACCURATE!
So in the series so far, the WT is SUBSTANTIATED by FOUR reputable and CONFIRMED TRINITARIAN SOURCES:
1. Photius 9th Century Trinitarian
2. Christin Classics Ethereal Library
3. Orthodoxwiki Online Encyclopedia
4. The New Catholic Encyclopedia
In the next post lets take an even closer look at Photius statements about Clement of Alexandria.
To be continued!