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“Eusebius of Caesarea - On Pantaenus - original Greek Text with English translation”
From Historia Ecclesiastica, 5. 10 - 11.
Eusebius gives information about Pantaenus and his links with Alexandria. You can read this significant text by following the link below.
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History of the Church
Andrew Louth ed.
Cameron and Hall
W. J. Ferrar
Eusebii Pamphili Evangelicae Praeparations, Tomus I (Greek Edition)
Notley and Safrai
Eusebius, Christianity and Judaism
Harold W. Attridge
Constantine and Eusebius
Eusebius of Caesarea Against Paganism
Christ as Mediator: A Study of the Theologies of Eusebius of Caesarea,
Marcellus of Ancyra, and Athanasius of Alexandria
Chapter X.—Pantænus the Philosopher.
About that time, Pantænus, a man highly distinguished for his learning, had charge of the school of the faithful in Alexandria. A school of sacred learning, which continues to our day, was established there in ancient times, and as we have been informed, was managed by men of great ability and zeal for divine things. Among these it is reported that Pantænus was at that time especially conspicuous, as he had been educated in the philosophical system of those called Stoics. They say that he displayed such zeal for the divine Word, that he was appointed as a herald of the Gospel of Christ to the nations in the East, and was sent as far as India. For indeed there were still many evangelists of the Word who sought earnestly to use their inspired zeal, after the examples of the apostles, for the increase and building up of the Divine Word. Pantænus was one of these, and is said to have gone to India. It is reported that among persons there who knew of Christ, he found the Gospel according to Matthew, which had anticipated his own arrival. For Bartholomew, one of the apostles, had preached to them, and left with them the writing of Matthew in the Hebrew language, which they had preserved till that time. After many good deeds, Pantænus finally became the head of the school at Alexandria, and expounded the treasures of divine doctrine both orally and in writing.
Chapter XI.—Clement of Alexandria.
At this time Clement,
being trained with him in the divine Scriptures at Alexandria, became well
known. He had the same name as the one who anciently was at the head of the
Roman church, and who was a disciple of the apostles. In his Hypotyposes he
speaks of Pantænus by name as his teacher. It seems to me that he alludes to the
same person also in the first book of his Stromata, when, referring to the more
conspicuous of the successors of the apostles whom he had met, he says: “This
work is not a writing artfully constructed for display; but my notes are stored
up for old age, as a remedy against forgetfulness; an image without art, and a
rough sketch of those powerful and animated words which it was my privilege to
hear, as well as of blessed and truly remarkable men. Of these the one—the
Ionian—was in Greece, the other in Magna Græcia; the one of them was from Cœle-Syria,
the other from Egypt. There were others in the East, one of them an Assyrian,
the other a Hebrew in Palestine. But when I met with the last,—in ability truly
he was first,—having hunted him out in his concealment in Egypt, I found rest.
These men, preserving the true tradition of the blessed doctrine, directly from
the holy apostles, Peter and James and John and Paul, the son receiving it from
the father (but few were like the fathers), have come by God’s will even to us
to deposit those ancestral and apostolic seeds.”
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Eusebius of Caesarea
Clement of Alexandria
Original Greek text
Migne Greek Text
Patrologiae Graecae Cursus Completus
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