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Headword: Ναυατιανοί
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:
Ναυατιανοί: αἱρεσῖται, τὰ Ναυάτου φρονοῦντες. καὶ τούτων ἐγένετο ἐπίσκοπος Σισίννιος, ἐλλόγιμος καὶ ἱερῶν βίβλων ἐπιστήμων καὶ κρείττων διαβολῆς, περὶ δὲ τὴν δίαιταν ἁβρὸς καὶ ποικίλος. ἐρωτώμενος δὲ διὰ τί δεύτερον λούοιτο, ὅτι μὴ τρίτον, ἔφη, φθάνω. ἐπεὶ δὲ λευκῇ ἐσθῆτι διετέλει χρώμενος, ἐπέσκωψέ τις αὐτῷ τῶν ἀπὸ τῆς καθόλου ἐκκλησίας, ὁ δὲ πρὸς αὐτόν: οὐκοῦν εἰπέ, ποῦ εἴρηται ἐσθῆτα μέλαιναν χρῆναι ἀμφιέννυσθαι; τοῦ δὲ ἀπορήσαντος, ὑπολαβὼν ἔφη: σὺ μὲν οὐκ ἂν τοῦτο ἐπιδεῖξαι δυνήσῃ: ἐμοὶ δὲ καὶ Σολομῶν ὁ σοφώτατος, ἔστωσαν τὰ ἱμάτιά σου λευκά, λέγων παραινεῖ. καὶ αὐτὸς ὁ Χριστὸς λευχείμων ἐν τοῖς εὐαγγελίοις φαινόμενος Μωσῆν τε καὶ Ἡλίαν τοιούτους τοῖς ἀποστόλοις δείκνυσιν. οὐ μὴν ἀλλὰ καὶ ἄλλα πολλὰ χαρίεντα αὐτῷ εἴρηται.
[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.
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Keywords: biography; Christianity; clothing; definition; ethics; historiography; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 August 2009@21:53:16.
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