Early Church Fathers
7 Literally, "twofoldly and oppositely." [On the doctrine of pairs compare chap. 33, iii. 23, Recognitions, iii.61.-R.]
9 For "first" Wieseler conjectures "different,"-two different persons.
10 In this sentence the text is probably corrupted. The general meaning seems to be, that he does not enter fully at present into the subject of Elias, or John the Baptist, and the Christ, the greatest among the sons of men, coming after, but that he will return to the subject on a fitting occasion.
11 [Chaps. 19-21 are peculiar to the Homilies, though in Recognitions, vii. 32, Justa is named as having purchased and educated Niceta and Aquila.-R.]
12 For diafo/poij Duncker proposes a0diafo/poij, "meats without distinction."
13 That is, having caused to be a Gentile, by abstaining from forbidden foods.
14 There are several various readings in this sentence, and none of them can be strictly construed; but the general sense is obvious.
15 [For the parallel account of Simon, given also by Aquila, see Recognitions, ii. 7-15.-R.]
16 The Vulgate ms. adds, "which is in Egypt (or, on the Nile), in Greek culture."
17 [Comp. Recognitions, i. 72-R.]
18 A day-baptist is taken to mean "one who baptizes every day."
19 [Called "luna" in Recognitions.-R.]
20 [Peculiar, in this detailed form, to the Homiles.-R.]
21 [Compare the varied account in Recognitions, ii. 8.-R.]
22 We have here an sllusion to the tradition that it was only an image of helen that was taken to Troy, and not the real Helen herself.
23 [With the account of Simon's doings in chaps. 26-32 compare Recognitions, ii 9, 10, 13-15; iii. 47.-R.]
24 Which was used by the ancients as cupping-glasses are now used.
25 The Vatican ms. and Epitome read, "that a shrine and statues should be erected in honour of us."
26 The Latin translates: "as having preferred the oath to the evil action."
27 [Chaps. 32, 34, find a parallel in Recognitions, iii. 59, 60, at the close of the discussion with Simon.-R.]
28 [Comp. Recognitions, i. 21.-R.]
29 [From chap. 27 to iii. 28 the matter is peculiar to the Homilies. The views stated are obviously coloured by the Gnostic Ebionism of the Author.-R.]
30 The Vatican ms. reads; "against the only God."