Friday, February 22, 2008

Apocryphote of the Day: 2-22-08

"Rich is the person who has mercy on many, and imitating God, gives what he has. For God has given all things to his creation. Wealthy people, you should understand that you ought to minister, for you have received more than you yourselves need. Learn that others lack the things you have in abundance. Be ashamed to keep things that belong to others. Imitate the fairness of God, and no one will be poor."

Preachings of Peter (as quoted by John of Damascus, Parall. A. 12) (ca. early second century). This writing may have been one of the sources that the author of the Pseudo-Clementines relied on, although past attempts to recover it from this work have not been very successful. We have quotations from the Preachings of Peter preserved in some of the works of the Church Fathers.

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