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St Paul’s relations with the Three as described in this epistle.
stadt for iconoclasm writes like two different persons. He bids the
that the Gospel preached to the Gentile would differ from the Gospel preached to the Jew. Such an idea is alien to the whole spirit of the passage. Lastly, (8) Notwithstanding their distinct spheres of work, St Paul is requested by the Apostles of the Circumcision to collect the alms of the Gentiles for the poor brethren of Judaea, and to this request he responds cordially.
With the exception of the incident at Antioch, which will be References considered presently, the Epistle to the Galatians contains nothing * more bearing directly on the relations between St Paul and the Apo-* stles of the Circumcision. Other special references are found in the Epistles to the Corinthians, but none elsewhere. These notices, slight though they are, accord with the view presented by the Galatian letter. St Paul indeed says more than once that he is ‘not a whit behind the very chiefest Apostles' (rów Urspxtav droarróAww, 2 Cor. xi. 5, xii. 11), and there is in the original a slight touch of irony which disappears in the translation: but the irony loses its point unless the exclusive preference of the elder Apostles is regarded as an exaggeration of substantial claims. Elsewhere St Paul speaks of Cephas and the Lord's brethren as exercising an apostolic privilege which belonged also to himself and Barnabas (1 Cor. ix. 5), of Cephas and James as witnesses of the Lord's resurrection like himself (1 Cor. xv. 5, 7). In the last passage he calls himself (with evident reference to the elder Apostles who are mentioned immediately before) ‘the least of the Apostles, who is not worthy to be called an Apostle.” In rebuking the dissensions at Corinth, he treats the name of Cephas with a delicate courtesy and respect which has almost escaped notice. When he comes to argue the question, he at once drops the name of St Peter; “While one saith, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal? What then is Apollos, and what is Paul ?’ Apollos was so closely connected with him (1 Cor. xvi. 12), that he could use his name without fear of misapprehension. But in speaking of Cephas he had to observe more caution: certain persons persisted in regarding St Peter as the head of a rival party, and therefore he is careful to avoid any seeming depreciation of his brother Apostle.
Noantago. In all this there is nothing inconsistent with the character of ...'. St Paul as drawn in the Acts, nothing certainly which represents *...* him as he was represented by extreme partisans in ancient times, by
Apostles. Ebionites on the one hand and Marcionites on the other, and as he has been represented of late by a certain school of critics, in a position of antagonism to the chief Apostles of the Circumcision. I shall next examine the scriptural notices and traditional representations of these three.
ST PETER 1. The author of the Clementine Homilies makes St PETER
#. the mouth-piece of his own Ebionite views. In the prefatory letter of Peter to James which, though possibly the work of another author, represents the same sentiments, the Apostle complains that he has been misrepresented as holding that the law was abolished but fearing to preach this doctrine openly. ‘Far be it,” he adds, “for to act so is to oppose the law of God which was spoken by Moses and to which our Lord bare witness that it should abide for ever. For thus He said, Heaven and earth shall pass away: one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law. And this He said that all things might be fulfilled. Yet these persons professing to give my sentiments (row iudv vojv trayyeMAéuevo) I know not how, attempt to interpret the words that they have heard from me more cleverly (opoviporepov) than myself who spoke them, telling their pupils that this is my meaning (bpóvmua), though it never once entered into my mind (3 &yd ow8? &veóupony). But if they dare to tell such falsehoods of me while I am still alive, how much more will those who come after me venture to do it when I am gone ($2).’ It has been held by some modern critics that the words thus put into the Apostle's mouth are quite in character; that St Peter did maintain the perpetuity of the law; and that therefore the tradi. tional account which has pervaded Catholic Christendom from the writing of the Acts to the present day gives an essentially false view of the Apostle.
I think the words quoted will strike most readers as betraying a
consciousness on the part of the writer that he is treading on hollow and dangerous ground. But without insisting on this, it is im
portant to observe that the sanction of this venerated name was Basilides (about A.D. 130), the famous Gnostic teacher, announced that he had been instructed by one Glaucias an “interpreter’ of St Peter'. An early apocryphal writing moreover, which should probably be assigned to
claimed by other sectarians of opposite opinions.
the beginning of the second century and which expressed strong antijudaic views", was entitled the “Preaching of Peter.' I do not see why these assertions have not as great a claim to a hearing as the opposite statement of the Ebionite writer. They are probably earlier; and in one case at least we have more tangible evidence than The
probable inference however from such conflicting statements would
the irresponsible venture of an anonymous romance writer.
be, that St Peter's true position was somewhere between the two
tanta tempora, hiess es in der Prædicatio Pauli in der Stelle, welche sich in der Cyprian's Werken angehängten Schrift de rebaptismate erhalten hat (Cypr. Opp. ed. Baluz. s. 365 f.), Petrum et Paulum post conlationem evangelii in Jerusalem et mutuam cogitationem [?]et altercationem et rerum agendarum dispositionem postremo in urbe, quasi tunc primum, invicem sibi esse cognitos.' Baur thus treats the comment of the writer as if it were part of the quotation. In this treatise the writer denounces the Praedicatio Pauli as maintaining ‘adulterinum, imointernecinum baptisma”; in order to invalidate its authority, he proceeds to show its thoroughly unhistorical character; and among other instances he alleges the fact that it makes St Peter and St Paul meet in Rome as if for the first time, forgetting all about the congress at Jerusalem, the collision at Antioch, and so forth. Schwegler takes the correct view of the passage, II. p. 32.
Other early apocryphal works attributed to the chief Apostle of the Circumcision are the Gospel, the Acts, and the Apocalypse of Peter; but our information respecting these is too scanty to throw much light on the present question: on the Gospel of Peter see above, p. 274.
and also by opposite sects.
But we are not to look for trustworthy information from such sources as these. If we wish to learn the Apostle's real attitude in the conflict between Jewish and Gentile converts, the one fragmentary notice in the Epistle to the Galatians will reveal more than all the distorted and interested accounts of later ages: “But when Ce. phas came to Antioch I withstood him to the face, for he was condemned (his conduct condemned itself). For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles, but when they came,
St Paul's notice of the occurrence at Antioch.
he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those of the circumcision:
* I do not see how this conclusion can be resisted. According to the Tübingen view of St Peter's position, his hypocrisy or dissimulation must have consisted not in withdrawing from, but in holding intercourse with the Gentiles; but this is not the view of St Paul on any natural interpretation of his words; and certainly the Ebionite writer already quoted (p. 352) did not so understand his meaning. Schwegler (1.
p. 129) explains avvurekplômaar air; “were hypocritical enough to side with him,' thus forcing the expression itself and severing it from the context; but even then he is obliged to acquit the other Jewish Christians at Antioch of Ebionism. Hilgenfeld (Galater p. 61 sq) discards Schwegler's interpretation and explains Wróxplorus of the self-contradiction, the unconscious inconsistency of Jewish Christian or Ebionite