The Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
The Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
Archelaus

Translated by the Rev. S. D. F. Salmond, M.A.
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Title Page

Introductory Notice to Archelaus.

1 The TRUE Thesaurus; to wit, the Disputation conducted in Carchar…

2 Marcellus, as might well be expected, was exceedingly gratified by these incidents…

3 When Marcellus, the man of consummate piety, had heard this recital…

4 Accordingly, as this man's fame was becoming always the more extensively diffused throughout different localities…

5 On receiving the epistle, then, Marcellus opened it, and read it in the presence of…

6 On reading this epistle, Marcellus, with the kindest consideration…

8 But when the living Father perceived that the soul was in tribulation in the body…

9 I shall explain to you also how it is that the soul is transfused into…

10 Now, with respect to paradise, it is not called a cosmos.…

11 He holds also that God has no part with the world itself…

12 When Turbo had made this statement, Archelaus was intensely excited…

13 My brethren, I indeed am a disciple of Christ…

14 The judges said: If you have any clearer statement yet to make…

15 The judges said: We need not inquire as to the manner in which that primitive…

16 The judges said: Convertibility translates the person whom it befalls into another…

17 Manes said: Let it first be allowed on your side that there is an alien…

18 The judges said: We desire to have information from you on this point…

19 But if it seems difficult for you to understand this…

20 On hearing these argumentations, the multitudes who were present were exceedingly delighted…

21 But now, what it is necessary for me to say on the subject of the…

22 The judges said: We know that a light shines through the whole house…

23 The judges said: If we consider that the light existed before the estate of the…

24 The judges said: Tell us, O Manes, who designated the boundaries for the kingdom of…

25 Manes said: Not all receive the word of God…

26 The judges said: If you allege that the shepherd exposed the kid or the lamb…

27 We may give yet another illustration, if it seems good to you.…

28 Manes said: You are caught in the charge you yourself bring forward.…

29 Manes said: Is not that word also to the same effect which Jesus spake to…

30 The judges said: Speak to those points, Archelaus, which he has just now propounded.…

31 Listen also to what I have to say on this other expression which has been…

32 Moreover, as to this word which is written in the Gospel…

33 The judges said: He has given demonstration enough of the origin of the devil.…

34 I think that you cannot fail to understand this too…

35 These things, moreover, he has said with the view of showing us that all others…

36 None of your party, O Manes, will you make a Galatian…

37 Archelaus said: Those sayings which are put forth by the blessed Paul were not uttered…

38 And, in good truth, I hold Marcion, and Valentinian…

39 On hearing these matters, those who were present gave great glory to God…

40 I wish you to know, most pious father, that in these days there has arrived…

41 On receiving this epistle, Archelaus was astonished at the man's boldness.…

42 But I shall also offer, to the best of my ability…

43 I shall speak now with the utmost brevity of the veil of Moses and the…

44 Now this word also has the veil.…

45 On receipt of this letter, Diodorus made himself master of its contents…

46 Next morning, however, Archelaus suddenly made his appearance at this residence in which Diodorus was…

47 Then Manes, after silence had been secured among all…

48 On hearing these statements, the multitudes assembled were greatly moved…

49 But in addition to all that has been said already…

50 Manes said: No one, certainly, who may be able to give a reply to what…

51 When Archelaus had finished this speech, the crowds of people marvelled at the truth of…

52 No one, however, has ever made such an unblushing advance in the promulgation of these…

53 After this event all the effects which he had brought with him from Egypt remained…

54 But after these events they returned to their master…

55 On hearing this, the multitude wished to seize Manes and hand him over to the…

A Fragment of the Same Disputation.

Introduction

1 Archelaus said to Manes: Give us a statement now of the doctrines you promulgate.…

2 Then Manes made the following reply to him: And what manner of God now is…

3 But even although we should be under the necessity of accepting the exegesis advocated by…

Elucidations.

General Note.




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