Although neither author nor recipient is known for certain, the Letter to Diognetus purports to be written by a student of the apostles who calls himself Mathetes. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus is probably the earliest example of Christian apologetics, writings defending Christianity from its accusers. [a.d] The anonymous author of this Epistle gives himself the title (Mathetes) ” a disciple [] of the Apostles,” and I venture to adopt it as his name. It is about.

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Some have ascribed these additions to Hippolytusbased on similarities of thought and style. On Becoming a Christian If you also desire [to possess] this faith, you likewise shall receive first of all the knowledge of the Father. There are several beautiful and indispensable passages in this epistle. Was not every one of them, before they were formed by the arts of these [workmen] into the shape of these [gods], each in its own way subject to change? As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners.

Seth Bobbink rated it really liked it Feb 24, The following is the original Introductory Notice of the learned editors and translators: It is much to be regretted that the text is often so very doubtful. Help us improve this article! Shaun Mohr rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Oof you do not show [by your conduct] that he [your God] is possessed of sense.

And it can scarcely be denied that the whole tone of the Epistle, as well as special passages which it contains, points to some other writer than Justin.

From a letter to Diognetus: The Christian in the world

In recent times Otto has inserted it among the works of that writer, but Semisch and others contend that it cannot possibly be his. This is He who was from the beginning, who appeared as if new, and was found old, and yet who is ever born afresh in the hearts of the saints. As the soul is present in every part of the body, while remaining distinct from it, so Christians are found in all the cities of the world, but cannot be identified with the world. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

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For a considerable period after its publication init was generally ascribed to Justin Martyr.

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus by Mathetes

God has assigned them this illustrious position, which it were unlawful for them to forsake. Jeremy rated it liked it Oct 08, Might not these, which are now worshipped by you, again be made by men vessels similar to others?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ov some of the most interesting and trending topics of That is to say, Mathetes makes it clear that there is nothing ordinary about how that they live that sets them apart—they don’t inhabit their own cities, they don’t have a peculiar way dioynetus life, and they don’t speak a certain way—but, “inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

Mathetes was possibly a catechumen of St. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Some scholars speculate that the author may actually be St.

It begins as would be expected, with a greeting and description of why Mathetes writes the letter. I highly recommend this letter to you if you are a Christian.


Abrahamic prophecy Aggadah Denominations Kabbalah Philosophy. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus Greek: Is not a fifth iron, consumed by rust?

Letter to Diognetusan early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad. Are they not blind?

They are unknown and condemned; they are epjstle to deathand restored to life.

For God has loved mankindon whose account He made the world, to whom He rendered subject all the things that are in it, to whom He gave reason and understanding, to whom alone He imparted the privilege of looking upwards to Himself, whom He formed epustle His own image, to whom He sent His only-begotten Son, to whom He has promised a kingdom in heaven, and will give it to those who have loved Him.

His reflections on the the atonement and becoming a Christian were interesting.

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. It is by the soul, enclosed within the body, that the body is held together, and similarly, it is by the Christians, detained in the world as in a prison, that the world is held together.

Open Preview See diognetud Problem? This work is an apology for the Christians, although the term Jesus or Christ is nowhere found in it, as the author seems to prefer the use of the term “the Word. Wikisource has original text related to this article: