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9 - And after a few days

from Part II - Shenoute as Pastor and Preacher

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 December 2015

David Brakke
Affiliation:
Ohio State University
Andrew Crislip
Affiliation:
Virginia Commonwealth University
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And after a few days, Count Caesarius received Taurinus the governor, and he came up as was his custom, both together with one another, and their lawyers, their dignitaries, and their kinsmen. When they had begun to speak about conditions in Alexandria due to the minor disturbance in the Church, they went forth through many words between them, inquiring, as if expecting us to give a defense for them.

When they saw that there was no profit in what they were thinking, and that they were leading us to say words ill-timed concerning the matters that we had previously spoken about – they were asking whether it was proper to be in communion with all people – I said to them, “If I speak with you about that myself, your wisdom is sufficient to understand what you are asking about. So listen. If I am good, be in communion with me. If I am not good, then don't be in communion. If I am upright, the visit you have paid to us is good and entirely useful. If I am not upright, do not parch yourselves in vain.”

I also said to them:

As for what you are discussing on the ships and in the taverns and the watering holes and in the cities and in other places as well, set them aside and consider words that belong to heaven. And when you go home, you will find them again, if they are useful to you. But they are not useful to you. Therefore, your wisdoms, I appeal that you not speak of them, but give voice to the holy words that will be of use to you.

For all these (disturbances) will pass, if God wills it. See the sun, that often the clouds that are a veil for it are abundant; not only do they not impede it in its course, but it also returns and shines. It is also the very same in its light. This is the way of the Church of Christ; it is very much the same.

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Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great
Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt
, pp. 130 - 131
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2015

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  • And after a few days
  • Edited and translated by David Brakke, Ohio State University, Andrew Crislip, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Book: Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great
  • Online publication: 05 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139136846.013
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  • Book: Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great
  • Online publication: 05 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139136846.013
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  • And after a few days
  • Edited and translated by David Brakke, Ohio State University, Andrew Crislip, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Book: Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great
  • Online publication: 05 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139136846.013
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