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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Elias, Apocalypse of

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Under this title an apocryphal work was current in the 2d century, from which, according to Origen (Homily 35 on Matthew 27, volume 3:916), the Pauline quotation "Eye hath not seen," etc. (1 Corinthians 2:9), is said to have been taken. The same was repeated by Zacharias Chrysopolitanus (Harmoniae Evangelicae, chapter 166); and by Georgius Syncellus, who writes that it was taken ἐκ τῶν ῾Ηλία ἀποκρύφων. This view was, however, early controverted by Jerome, who, referring to 1 Corinthians 2:9, says: "Solent hoc loco Apocryphorum quidam deliramenta sectari, et dicere quod de Apocalypsi Elite testimonium sumtum sit, cum in Esaia juxta Hebraicum ita legatur: A soeculo non audierint neque auribus perceperunt" (Epistola 101 ad Pammachium; comp. also, on Isaiah 64:4 in lib. 17 in Isaiam, 4:761, ed. Vallars.). It is probably the same work which is rejected in the Apostolic Constitutions 6:16, and in the Synopsis Sac. Script. ascribed to Athanasius, 2:154. See Fabricius, Codex Pseudepigraphus, 1:1072 Smith, Dict. of Christ. Biog. s.v. (B.P.)

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Elias, Apocalypse of'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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