Two Epistles Concerning Virginity
Two Epistles Concerning Virginity
Clement of Rome

Translated by the Rev. B. P. Pratten
Table of Contents

Title Page

Introductory Notice to Two Epistles Concerning Virginity

The First Epistle of the Blessed Clement, the Disciple of Peter the Apostle.

Chapter I.--The Salutation.

Chapter II.--For True Virginity Perfect Virtue is Necessary.

Chapter III.--True Virgins Prove Themselves Such by Self-Denial, as Does the True Believer by Good Works.

Chapter IV.--Continuation of the Remarks on Self-Denial; Object and Reward of True Virgins.

Chapter V.--The Irksomeness and the Enemies of Virginity.

Chapter VI.--Divinity of Virginity.

Chapter VII.--The True Virgin.

Chapter VIII.--Virgins, by the Laying Aside of All Carnal Affection, are Imitators of God.

Chapter IX.--Continuation of the Subject of Mortification; Dignity of Persons Consecrated to God.

Chapter X.--Denunciation of Dangerous and Scandalous Association with Maidens.

Chapter XI.--Perniciousness of Idleness; Warning Against the Empty Longing to Be Teachers; Advice About Teaching and the Use of Divine Gifts.

Chapter XII.--Rules for Visits, Exorcisms, and How People are to Assist the Sick, and to Walk in All Things Without Offence.

Chapter XIII.--What Priests Should Be and Should Not Be.

The Second Epistle of the Same Clement.

Chapter I.--He Describes the Circumspectness of His Intercourse with

Chapter II.--His Behaviour in Places Where There Were Christians of Both Sexes.

Chapter III.--Rules for the Conduct of Celibate Brethren in Places Where There are Only Married Christians.

Chapter IV.--Conduct of the Holy Man Where There are Women Only.

Chapter V.--Where There is Only One Woman, the Father Does Not Make a Stay; How Carefully Stumbling-Blocks Must Be Avoided.

Chapter VI.--How Christians Should Behave Themselves Among Heathens.

Chapter VII.--Uses of Considering Admonitory Examples, as Well as Instructive Patterns.

Chapter VIII.--Joseph and Potiphar's Wife; Of What Kind Love to Females Ought to Be.

Chapter IX.--Samson's Admonitory Fall.

Chapter X.--David's Sin, So Admonitory to Us Weak Men.

Chapter XI.--Admonitory History of the Incestuous Children of David.

Chapter XII.--Solomon's Infatuation Through Women.

Chapter XIII.--The History of Susanna Teaches Circumspection with the Eyes and in Society.

Chapter XIV.--Examples of Circumspect Behaviour from the Old Testament.

Chapter XV.--The Example of Jesus; How We May Allow Ourselves to Be Served by Women.

Chapter XVI.--Exhortation to Union and to Obedience; Conclusion.

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