Friday, July 18, 2014

HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME ON THE GENERATION OF THE WORD

GREEK TEXT: “...[33.1] Οὗτος οὖν [] μόνος καὶ κατὰ πάντων θεὸς Λόγον πρῶτον ἐννοηθεὶς ἀπογεννᾷ· οὐ [δὲ] Λόγον ὡς φωνήν, ἀλλ' ἐνδιάθετον τοῦ παντὸς λογισμόν. τοῦτον [οὖν] μόνον ἐξ ὄντων ἐγέννα· τὸ γὰρ ὃν αὐτὸς ὁ πατὴρ [33.2] ἦν, ἐξ οὗ τὸ γεννηθέν. καὶ αἴτιον τοῖς γινομένοις Λόγος ἦν, ἐν ἑαυτῷ φέρων τὸ θέλειν τοῦ γεγεννηκότος, οὐκ ἄπειρός τε ὢν τῆς τοῦ πατρὸς ἐννοίας. ἅμα γὰρ τῷ ἐκ τοῦ γεννήσαντος προελθεῖν, πρωτότοκος τούτου γενόμενος, ὡς φωνὴν εἶχεν ἐν ἑαυτῷ τὰς ἐν τῷ πατρικῷ νῷ ἐννοηθείσας ἰδέας...” - (Book 10, Chapter , Section , “ΦΙΛΟΣΟΦΟΎΜΕΝΑ Ἢ ΚΑΤᾺ ΠΑΣΩ͂Ν ΑἹΡΈΣΕΩΝ ἘΛΈΓΧΟΣ,” or its alternate Latin title: “Philosophumena,” )

HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME (circa. 170-236 C.E.): “...Consequently, this One alone, and in accordance with [being] God of all persons, first causes a Word to be generated, by an act of inward thinking. Not as a spoken Word, but as a conceptual idea from within the All's reasoning faculties.{1} This one [i.e. “Word”], he alone,{2} has a generation from out of existing things. For: “the Existing One”{3} Himself was the Father, from out of Whom originate the things that are generated. And a source of things that come into existence was a Word, [for] he bore{4} within himself what the Originator{4(B)} purposed{5}, and also not as one being ignorant of the inner conceptual idea of the Father.{*} For simultaneously{6} by his going forth first{7} from out of the Originator, [he] came into existence as a first one to have been born of this One.{9} He carries like a spoken word, which he hears within himself, within his mind, the inner conceptual ideas by the Paternal Origin{10}...” - (Book 10, Chapter 33, Section 1-2, “A Philosophical Scrutinizing,” or it's alternate title: “A Refutation [Or: “Disproving”] Of [Or: “Against”] [Or: “An Inventory of”] All Heresies” Translated by Matt13weedhacker 9/05/2014 [Revised 2/06/2014])
[FOOTNOTE 1]: Gk., ( λογισμόν ) = active -( μός ) suffix .
[FOOTNOTE 2]: Compare John 3:16 “the Only-begotten” and John 1:3 “apart from him”.
[FOOTNOTE 3]: Or: “the Existing One” Exodus 3:14 LXX, perhaps: “that which was existing” or: “He who is definitively Existence”.
[FOOTNOTE 4]: Or: “carried”.
[FOOTNOTE 4(B)]: Gk., ( τοῦ γεγεννηκότος ) Or: “of the Progenitor”.
[FOOTNOTE 5]: Or: “wanted” or: “willed”.
[FOOTNOTE *]: An phrase targeted at Gnostic theology.
[FOOTNOTE 6]: Or: “at once” “at the same time”.
[FOOTNOTE 7]: Gk., ( προελθεῖν ) or: “advance procession”.
[FOOTNOTE 8]: Gk., ( πρωτότοκος τούτου γενόμενος ). It's remotely possible that Gk., ( τούτου ), could be a plural, “of these ones” pointing back to Gk., ( τοῖς γινομένοις ) as being the 33.1 Gk., ( πρῶτον ) “first” of these. He is either Gk., ( πρωτότοκος ) “a first-born” of the Father, Gk., ( τὸ ... ὃν αὐτὸς ὁ πατὴρ ) and Gk., ( τοῦ γεννήσαντος ) and Gk., ( τῷ πατρικῷ ), or “a first-born” of Gk., ( τοῖς γινομένοις ) those who begin existence. Both interpretations fit the context, but I've settled for the Father being the most obvious referent.
[FOOTNOTE 9]: Gk., ( γενόμενος ) = participle, singular number, aorist tense, middle person, masculine gender, nominative case agreeing with Gk., ( λόγος ) noun, singular number, masculine gender, nominative case. Or: “enters existence” “comes into being” “comes to be” “begins existence”.
[FOOTNOTE 10]: Gk., ( τῷ πατρικῷ ).

HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME (circa. 170-236 C.E.): “...Consequently, this One alone, and in accordance with [being] a God of all persons,{1(A)} first causes a Word to be generated, by an act of inward thinking. Not as a spoken Word, but as a conceptual idea from within the All's reasoning faculties.{1(B)} This [i.e. “Word”], he alone,{2} has a generation from out of existing things. For: “the Existing One”{3} Himself was the Father, from out of Whom originate the things that are generated. Also as a source of things that come into existence was a Word, [for] he bore{4} within himself what the Originator{4(B)} purposed{5}, and also not as one being ignorant of the inner conceptual idea of the Father.{*} For simultaneously,{6} from out of the Originator, by his going forth first{7}, [he] came into [Or: “began”] existence as a first one to have been born of this{9} One [i.e. “the Father” or “Originator”]. He [i.e. “Word”] carries like a spoken word, which he hears within himself, within his mind, the inner conceptual ideas by the Paternal Origin{10}...” - (Book 10, Chapter 33, Section 1-2, “A Philosophical Scrutinizing,” or it's alternate title: “A Refutation [Or: “Disproving”] Of [Or: “Against”] [Or: “An Inventory of”] All Heresies” Translated by Matt13weedhacker [Alternate Revised Version 8/06/2014])
[FOOTNOTE 1(A)]: Gk., ( κατὰ πάντων θεὸς ) or: “in accordance with [being] God of all”. Gk., ( θεὸς ) is lacking the article, thus: “a” above. Gk., ( πάντων ) is in the masculine gender of persons, in contrast to neuter gender of things, thus: “of all persons” above.
[FOOTNOTE 1(B)]: Gk., ( λογισμόν ) = active -( μός ) suffix .
[FOOTNOTE 2]: Compare John 3:16 “the Only-begotten” and John 1:3 “apart from him”.
[FOOTNOTE 3]: Or: “the Existing One” Exodus 3:14 LXX, perhaps: “that which was existing” or: “He who is definitively Existence”.
[FOOTNOTE 4]: Or: “carried”.
[FOOTNOTE 4(B)]: Gk., ( τοῦ γεγεννηκότος ) Or: “of the Progenitor”.
[FOOTNOTE 5]: Or: “wanted” or: “willed”.
[FOOTNOTE *]: A phrase targeted specifically at Gnostic theology.
[FOOTNOTE 6]: Or: “at once” “at the same time”.
[FOOTNOTE 7]: Gk., ( προελθεῖν ) or: “advance procession”.
[FOOTNOTE 8]: Gk., ( πρωτότοκος τούτου γενόμενος ). It's remotely possible that Gk., ( τούτου ), could be a plural, “of these ones” pointing back to Gk., ( τοῖς γινομένοις ) in 33.1 as being the Gk., ( πρῶτον ) “first” of these. He is either Gk., ( πρωτότοκος ) “a first-born” of the Father, Gk., ( τὸ ... ὃν αὐτὸς ὁ πατὴρ ) and Gk., ( τοῦ γεννήσαντος ) and Gk., ( τῷ πατρικῷ ), or the first one among those who begin existence. Both interpretations fit the context, but it's a matter of who is the referent. I've settled for the Father as being the most obvious.
[FOOTNOTE 9]: Gk., ( γενόμενος ) = participle, singular number, aorist tense, middle person, i.e. concieved as directing an action toward or participating in himself, masculine gender, nominative case, i.e. concieved as the person doing the action, grammatically agreeing with the noun Gk., ( λόγος ) which is also in the singular number, masculine gender, nominative case. Or: “enters existence” “comes into being” “comes to be” “begins existence”.
[FOOTNOTE 10]: Gk., ( τῷ πατρικῷ ).

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