Thursday, October 28, 2010

IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH CALLED JESUS "THE FIRST (ONE) TO BE BORN OF ALL CREATION"

Ignatius of Antioch Long recension calls Jesus "...the first (one) to be born of all creation..."

Heres the ANF R&D version along with the Greek text:

GREEK TEXT: "...Στήκετε, ἀδελφοί, ἑδραῖοι ἐν τῇ πίστει Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ ἐν τῇ αὐτοῦ ἀγάπῃ, ἐν πάθει αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀναστάσει. πάντες ἐν χάριτι ἐξ ὀνόματος συναθροίζεσθε κοινῇ, ἐν μιᾷ πίστει θεοῦ πατρὸς καὶ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, τοῦ μονογενοῦς αὐτοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ καὶ πρωτοτόκου πάσης κτίσεως, κατὰ σάρκα δὲ ἐκ γένους Δαυίδ, ἐφοδηγούμενοι ὑπὸ τοῦ παρακλήτου· ὑπακούοντες τῷ ἐπισκόπῳ καὶ τῷ πρεσβυτερίῳ ἀπερισπάστῳ διανοίᾳ, ἕνα ἄρτον κλῶντες, ὅ ἐστιν φάρμακον ἀθανασίας, ἀντίδοτος τοῦ μὴ ἀποθανεῖν, ἀλλὰ ζῆν ἐν θεῷ διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καθαρτήριον ἀλεξίκακον..." (Chapter XX. Ignatius of Antioch; Ephesians Long Version)

IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (c. 30-107-110 C.E.): "...Stand fast, brethren, in the faith of Jesus Christ, and in His love, in His passion, and in His resurrection. Do ye all come together in common, and individually, [625] through grace, in one faith of God the Father, and of Jesus Christ His only-begotten Son, and “the first-born of every creature,” [626] but of the seed of David according to the flesh, being under the guidance of the Comforter, in obedience to the bishop and the presbytery with an undivided mind, breaking one and the same bread, which is the medicine of immortality, and the antidote which prevents us from dying, but a cleansing remedy driving away evil, [which causes] that we should live in God through Jesus Christ..." (Chapter XX. — "Exhortations to steadfastness and unity" Ignatius of Antioch; Ephesians Long Version R&DT)
[FOOTNOTE 625]:    Literally, “by name.”
[FOOTNOTE 626]:    Col. i. 15.

And here is my translation:

IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (c. 30-107-110 C.E.): [REVISED VERSION] "...Take a stand, Brothers, firmly based in the faith of Jesus Christ, and in your love for him, in the sufferings he underwent and his resurrection. Together in undeserved kindness, out of the name you have in common, in the one faith of God [the] Father and of Jesus Christ His only begotten Son (πρωτοτόκου πάσης κτίσεως) "THE FIRST (ONE) TO BE BORN OF ALL CREATION", who was according to the flesh out of the genus of David, and be under the guidance of the Paraclete. In obedience to the overseer and the older men, have an undistracted mind, breaking the one bread, which is the medicine of immortality, an antidote, that we may not die, but live to God through Jesus Christ, purged of all evil..." (Chapter 20 Ignatius of Antioch; Ephesians Long Version MATT13T Revised 1/11/10 Re-Revised 1/11/10)

IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (c. 30-107-110 C.E.): [2nd REVISION]
"...Take a stand, Brothers, firmly based in the faith of Jesus Christ, and his love, in his sufferings and resurrection. May you share together in undeserved kindness out of the name you have in common, in the one faith of God [the] Father and of Jesus Christ His only begotten Son (πρωτοτόκου πάσης κτίσεως) "THE FIRST (ONE) TO BE BORN OF ALL CREATION", who was out of the family stock of David according to the flesh, and be under the guidance of the Paraclete. In obedience to the overseer and the older men, have an undistracted mind, breaking the one bread, which is the medicine of immortality, an antidote, that we may not die, but live to God through Jesus Christ, purged of all evil..." (Chapter 20 Ignatius of Antioch; Ephesians Long Version MATT13T Revised 1/11/10 Re-Revised 1/11/10)

After I translated the above I found William Whistons version, which is as follows:

IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (c. 30-107-110 C.E.): "...Stand fast, Brethren, in the faith of Jesus Christ, and in his love, in his passion, and in his ressurection. Do ye all assemble yourselves together in common, every one by name, in grace, in one faith of God the Father, and of Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son, and First-born of every creature ; but of the stock of David according to the flesh ; being conducted by the Comforter, in obedience to your Bishop and Presbytery, with an undivided mind, breaking one common loaf, which is the medicine of immortality ; a preservative that we may not dye, but live in God, through Jesus Christ: a purgative to expell all evil..." - (Williams Whistons Primative Christianity Revived Vol 1 - Ignatius of Antioch to the Ephessians (LONG VERSION) Chapter 20)

He has some interesting renderings which has caused me to revise my translation once again:

IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (c. 30-107-110 C.E.): [3rd REVISION] "...Take a stand, Brothers, firmly based in the faith of Jesus Christ, and his love, in his sufferings and resurrection. May you all gather together out of that name you share, in undeserved kindness, in the (one) faith of God [the] Father, and of Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, (πρωτοτόκου πάσης κτίσεως) "THE FIRST (ONE) TO BE BORN OF ALL CREATION", from the family of David according to the flesh, and be under the guidance of the comforter. In obedience to the overseer and the older (men), with an undistracted mind, breaking the one common loaf, which is the medicine of immortality, an antidote that we may not die, but to live to God through Jesus Christ, purged of all evil..." (Chapter 20 Ignatius of Antioch; Ephesians Long Version MATT13T Revised 1/11/10 Re-Revised 1/11/10)

One of my future goals is to translate all of Ignatius Long Recension into modern English.

Although I personally don't think it is free of interpolations, I think it deserves a better translation than Roberts & Donaldson's version.