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Headword: Nauatianoi
Adler number: nu,51
Translated headword: Novatians
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a type of] heretics, holders of the [doctrines] of Novatus.[1]
And Sisinnius[2] became their bishop; an eloquent man, learned in sacred books and above criticism, but in his lifestyle luxurious and changeable. When he was asked why he would bathe a second [time], he said, "Because I can't manage a third." But when he continued to use a white garment, someone from the catholic church mocked him, but he replied: "So tell me, where is it said that one must wear a black garment?" When the other was puzzled, he rejoined by saying: "You will not be able to find proof for your claim; but for me the most wise Solomon gives his approval, saying 'Let your cloaks be white.'[3] And Christ himself in the Gospels appearing in white raiment shows Moses and Elijah similarly [clothed] to his apostles."[4] Besides, many other witty sayings are attributed to him.
Greek Original:
Nauatianoi: hairesitai, ta Nauatou phronountes. kai toutôn egeneto episkopos Sisinnios, ellogimos kai hierôn biblôn epistêmôn kai kreittôn diabolês, peri de tên diaitan habros kai poikilos. erôtômenos de dia ti deuteron louoito, hoti mê triton, ephê, phthanô. epei de leukêi esthêti dietelei chrômenos, epeskôpse tis autôi tôn apo tês katholou ekklêsias, ho de pros auton: oukoun eipe, pou eirêtai esthêta melainan chrênai amphiennusthai; tou de aporêsantos, hupolabôn ephê: su men ouk an touto epideixai dunêsêi: emoi de kai Solomôn ho sophôtatos, estôsan ta himatia sou leuka, legôn parainei. kai autos ho Christos leucheimôn en tois euangeliois phainomenos Môsên te kai Hêlian toioutous tois apostolois deiknusin. ou mên alla kai alla polla charienta autôi eirêtai.
[1] Novatus: nu 50; Catholic Encyclopedia at web address 1. In addition to what follows here, on Sisinnius, see alpha 843, kappa 2097, mu 207, pi 814.
[2] Sisinnius: sigma 481, sigma 482. The entry from here on comes from Sozomen, Ecclesiastical History 8.1 (translation at web address 2).
[3] Ecclesiastes 9.8 LXX.
[4] At the Transfiguration.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; Christianity; clothing; definition; ethics; historiography; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 August 2009@21:53:16.
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David Whitehead (tweaks to tr; more keywords) on 23 August 2009@04:30:28.
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Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, raised status) on 5 June 2013@01:12:18.
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