From: James H. Vellenga (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Apr 23 1996 - 13:57:22 EDT
>From Stephen Carlson:
> While we are engaging in unabashed speculation, I think this proposal has
> the additional virtue of explaining the origin of name "Ebionites." In
> HE III.27.6, Eusebius says of the Ebionites:
> ... TOU *EBIWNAIWN ONOMATOS THN THS DIANOIAS PTWXEIAN AUTWN hUPOFAINONTOS:
> TAUTHi GAR EPIKLAN hO PTWXOS PAR' *hEBRAIOIS ONOMAZETAI.
> "... for the name of Ebionites indicates the poverty of their intelligence,
> for this name means 'poor' in Hebrew." (tr. Kirsopp Lake)
It occurs to me that if PTWCOI refers to itinerant missionaries,
there might be references to such in the Didache, as a reasonably systematic
compendium of early church practice. I don't have access to a copy,
but is there anyone on the net who would like to check it out? Or
if the Didache doesn't refer to such or to their support, would that
be a strong suggestion that they were not a common practice?
And if the term refers to a sect such as the Ebionites, would there
be a reference in another early history such as Josephus?
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