Early Church Fathers
4 Matt. xxiv. 2, 34; Luke xix. 43, 44.
5 [Here we find another view, suggesting the speculative opinions for which the author desires the indorsement of Peter.-R.]
6 Deut. xxxii. 7.
7 Matt. xxiii. 2, 3.
8 From a conjectural reading by Neander.
9 Matt. xxiii. 37; Luke xiii. 34; Luke xxiii. 34.
10 Matt. v. 44.
11 Gen. ii. 20.
12 That is, the present world is female, and is under the rule of the female: the world to come is male, and is under the rule of the male.
13 The allusion is to the fact that John Baptist is called the greatest of those born of woman, while Christ is called the Son of Man.
14 Literally, "Let there be to us two genuine prophecies."
15 [The doctrine of the these chapters is tinged with Gnostic dualism; much of the matter might, according to tradition, have been equally well put in the mouth of Simon.-R.]
16 [Note the fantastic mysticism of this interpretation here given.-R.]
17 Qu. "towards Abel"?
18 [For a general comparison of the discussions with Simon, see Recognitions, ii.. 19. Comp. Homily XVI. 1.-R.]
19 [In Recognitions, ii. 20, this sentence occurs; but the opening discourse of Peter is quite different, far more dignified and consistent with the real character of the Apostle.-R.]
20 Matt. x. 12, etc; Mark. vi. 11, etc.; Luke. x. 5, etc. [Comp. Recognitions, ii. 20, where the exordium is quite different, presenting the righteousness of God.-R.]
21 This is rather a paraphrase than a strict translation.
22 Various reading, "assigned it the sea as a habitation for aquatic animals."
23 Literally, "of their life," according to the idea prevalent of old, that the heavenly bodies were living creatures.
24 [The reply of Simon in the Recognitions is quite different, though the substance of this attack is given in the progress of this discussion; seeRecognitions, ii. 39.-R.]
25 [The Ebionitic tendency appears inthis representation of Simon, as opposing the monotheism of the Old Testament. Comp. Recognitions, ii. 38.-R.]
26 Gen. xviii. 21.
27 Gen. iii. 22.
28 Gen. vi. 6.