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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/: ai(resi=tai, ta\ *naua/tou fronou=ntes. kai\ tou/twn e)ge/neto e)pi/skopos *sisi/nnios, e)llo/gimos kai\ i(erw=n bi/blwn e)pisth/mwn kai\ krei/ttwn diabolh=s, peri\ de\ th\n di/aitan a(bro\s kai\ poiki/los. e)rwtw/menos de\ dia\ ti/ deu/teron lou/oito, o(/ti mh\ tri/ton, e)/fh, fqa/nw. e)pei\ de\ leukh=| e)sqh=ti diete/lei xrw/menos, e)pe/skwye/ tis au)tw=| tw=n a)po\ th=s kaqo/lou e)kklhsi/as, o( de\ pro\s au)to/n: ou)kou=n ei)pe/, pou= ei)/rhtai e)sqh=ta me/lainan xrh=nai a)mfie/nnusqai; tou= de\ a)porh/santos, u(polabw\n e)/fh: su\ me\n ou)k a)\n tou=to e)pidei=cai dunh/sh|: e)moi\ de\ kai\ *solomw=n o( sofw/tatos, e)/stwsan ta\ i(ma/tia/ sou leuka/, le/gwn parainei=. kai\ au)to\s o( *xristo\s leuxei/mwn e)n toi=s eu)aggeli/ois faino/menos *mwsh=n te kai\ *(hli/an toiou/tous toi=s a)posto/lois dei/knusin. ou) mh\n a)lla\ kai\ a)/lla polla\ xari/enta au)tw=| ei)/rhtai.
[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.
Catharine Roth (corrected reference) on 5 June 2013@01:23:02.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 June 2013@02:59:55.
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