Further reading 9 Early life Although he became blind at the age of four,[4] before he had learned to read, he succeeded in mastering the whole gamut of the sciences then known. Despite his blindness, Didymus excelled in scholarship because of his incredible memory. He found ways to help blind people to read, and experimented with carved wooden letters, akin to Braille systems used by the blind today. He counted among his pupils Palladius, Rufinus , Evagrius , and Jerome ,[8] who mentions in his letters that he "wrote to Didymus calling him my master" and defends this tutelage as one of a man "both old and learned. Jerome also wrote that Didymus "surpassed all of his day in knowledge of the Scriptures" and Socrates of Constantinople later called him "the great bulwark of the true faith". Didymus the Blind.

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Klijn , pp. Elliott , pp. Wisdom is represented in this Gospel by the Holy Spirit who is called "Mother". Anybody who possesses the Spirit may be called Son but Jesus is the Son with a very special mission. One of the characteristics of the Spirit is that a man starts a new life during which he gradually comes nearer to his destination.

The final stage is to reign and rest. In this situation man has arrived at a point at which he is invulnerable to evil forces which are now subjected to him. After his baptism Jesus is said to reign for eternity.

Thus we shall, for example, call the creator rightly also Father of what has come into existence, but Mother the knowledge of him who created. With her God has lived together and she has brought forth creation, but not in the way of men. Wisdom is held to have sons not only in Sir. This means that the passage has to be understood against the background of Jewish Hellenistic traditions. It describes the steps of revelation of salvation and of the way of salvation.

This description is characteristic of the Hermetic gnosis, Because of the scantiness of the material we cannot say how strongly this mystic-gnostic religiosity has influenced the GH, whether it is an essential or merely an infused element. In one sense it might be taken to imply the pre-existence of the Son, rather than his adoption at the moment of his baptism.

It is this concept of unity within the Godhead that underlies this pericope from the Gospel of the Hebrews. He classifies books of this type as orthodox but uncanonical because they were not believed to be written by the apostles or their immediate followers — Schneemelcher , p. And he relates other matters as well, on the strength of unwritten Jewish tradition. He states that, unlike the philosophical virtues, wisdom that teaches truth is a power from God.

He reinforces the point by quoting the second half of the wisdom chain-saying in the Gospel of the Hebrews, concluding from these readings that the "unlearned man" can never be a philosopher.

By arguing this also applies to the divine world, he reasons the Holy Spirit is called Mother because she has done the will of the Father. See Evans , pp.

Bruce , p. Metzger , pp. It is written in the Gospel of the Hebrews that when Christ wished to come upon the earth to men the Good Father called a mighty power in the heavens which was called Michael, and committed Christ to the care thereof.

And the power came down into the world, and it was called Mary, and [Christ] was in her womb for seven months. Afterwards she gave birth to Him, and He increased in stature, and He chose the Apostles, who preached Him in every place.

He fulfilled the appointed time that was decreed for Him. And the Jews became envious of Him, they hated Him, they changed the custom of their Law, and they rose up against Him and laid a trap and caught Him, and they delivered Him to the governor, and he gave Him to them to crucify Him. Edwards translates the Latin text of Bede as follows: "Here it must be noted that the Gospel according to the Hebrews, as it is called, is not to be reckoned among the apocryphal but among ecclesiastical histories; for it seemed good even to the translator of Holy Scripture himself, Jerome, to cite many testimonies from it, and to translate it into the Latin and Greek language.

They belong to three individual Jewish—Christian circles. Against this hypothesis, however, it must be pointed out that we possess three extra-canonical narratives of the baptism of Jesus which vary to such an extent that they cannot come from one or even two gospels alone. Rather, they presuppose three independent contexts.


Didymus the Blind

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He found ways to help blind people to read, experimenting with carved wooden letters similar to Braille systems used by the blind today. Later scholars believed he was the head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria. In his position as a teacher, he held discussions and learned from Jews, pagans, Manichees, and other Christian teachers. Didymus the Blind.


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