From: Stephen C Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Apr 24 1996 - 00:44:45 EDT
James H. Vellenga wrote:
>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?
BAGD list two instances.
Di5:2 ... OUK ELEOUNTES PTWXON ...
"unmerciful to the poor" [ i.e, those of the way of death. ]
Di13:4 EAN DE MH EXHTE PROFHTHN, DOTE TOIS PTWXOIS.
"But if you don't have a prophet, give to the poor."
The plainest reading of these passages is poor qua destitute, not as a
Christian group nor honorific title.
-- Stephen C. Carlson, George Mason University School of Law, Patent Track, 4LE email@example.com : Poetry speaks of aspirations, and songs http://osf1.gmu.edu/~scarlso1/ : chant the words. -- Shujing 2.35
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