(MICHAEL PARTYKA): “...Was the Trinity "unknown" to Irenaeus? ... just like the doctrine of the Trinity says. No wonder, then, that he concludes his book On the Apostolic Preaching with this prayer: “...Glory to the All-Holy Trinity and one Divinity: Father and Son and all-provident Holy Spirit, forever, Amen....” - (“THE WATCHTOWER AND THE ANTE-NICENE CHURCH FATHERS” by Michael Partyka 11/14/2005)
You could read Irenaeus book “On Apostolic Preaching” and possibly think he's right.
But upon close inspection of photographs of the original Armenian text you find this claim is downright miss-leading and dishonest.
Now at the end of the original MSS in Armenian there is a line indicating the end of Irenaeus actual text then followed by this note:
IRENAEUS PROOF OF APOSTOLIC PREACHING
“Praise to the All-Holy Trinity and one Godhead, the Father, Son and All-Provident Holy Spirit forever. Amen. Remember in one Lord the God-strengthened and thrice blessed Arch-bishop Der IIohannes, the owner of this book, the brother of the holy king: and humble scribe.”
This as the preface clearly shows is a note from the 13TH CENTURY ARMENIAN TRANSLATOR - not - from Irenaeus himself.
But that is not how the online article by a Trinitarian portrays it. I never take Trinitarian claims at face value! Always check the source texts!
The following is also from another translation:
[SUBHEADING]: I - THE DOCUMENT AND ITS VALUE
"...We cannot say whether this error of title goes back beyond the date of the manuscript, which was probably written between 1270–1289, that is in the time of the learned Archbishop John, the brother of King Hetum of Cilicia. A note at the end states that it was written for this archbishop. The Armenian editors believe that the same translator is responsible for the two books of the larger work and for our treatise, and that the translation was made at some date between 650 and 750..." - (Page 7, “The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching” by St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon, Christian Classics Ethereal Library ; by Robinson, Armitage, D.D. (Editor) Publisher: The Macmillan Co. 1920)
Page 122: The Latin translation of the Armenian at the line break in the text calls it:
“Irenaei demonstratio apostolicae praedicationis”
“Gloria sanctissimae Trinitati et uni Deitati, Patri et Filio et omni-providenti Sancto Spiritui in Seacula. Amen Deo accepti et ter beati archiepiscopi Domini Ioannis possessoris librorum, fratis sancti regis mementote in Domino, et miselli scriptoris.”
As you can see this is the Latin text of the above so-called 'trinitarian' passage.
I. an addition, accession, increase
A Latin Dictionary. Founded on Andrews' edition of Freund's Latin dictionary. revised, enlarged, and in great part rewritten by. Charlton T. Lewis, Ph.D. and. Charles Short, LL.D. Oxford. Clarendon Press. 1879.
scrīptor öris, m
scribo, one who writes, a writer, scribe, copyist, clerk : scriptores male mulcati: librarius, H.— One that composes in writing, a writer, composer, author, reporter, narrator...
Lewis, Charlton, T. An Elementary Latin Dictionary. New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago. American Book Company. 1890.
It is simply a: "...SCRIBAL ADDITION..." by the 13th Century Copyist.
P.S. Mr Partyka has since edited and removed his comments above. Perhaps he read my comments elsewhere online when I first posted the above on the History Channel Forum on: "...The History Of The Trinity..."