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Also extant in Syriac is the Book of the Laws of Diverse Countries, a dialogue on fate in various different versions, accounts of Bardesanes’ cosmological ideas. W. Cureton, “Bardaisan – The Book of the Laws of Countries”, in Spicilegium syriacum, A. Merx, Bardesanes von Edessa nebst einer Untersuchung über das. Owing to political disturbances in Edessa, Bardesanes and his parents moved for of Ani in Armenia and tried to spread the Gospel there, but with little success.

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Syrian Gnostic or, more correctly, a Syrian bardesanew, astrologist, and philosopher, b. To indicate the city of his birth his parents called him “Son of the Daisan”, the river on which Edessa is situated. On account of his foreign extraction he is sometimes referred to as “the Parthian” by Julius Africanusor “the Babylonian ” by Porphyrius ; and, on account of his later important activity in Armenia, “the Armenian bardesanee, by Hippolytus.

His pagan parents, Nuhama and Nah ‘siram, must gpspel been people of rank, for their son was educated with the crown-prince of the Osrhoenic kingdom, at the court of Abgar Manu VIII. Julius Africanus says that he saw Bardesanes, with bow and arrow, mark the outline of a boy’s face with his arrows on a shield which the boy held. Owing to political disturbances in Edessa, Bardesanes and his parents moved for a while to Hierapolis Mabuga strong centre of paganism.

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Here the boy was brought up in the house of a heathen priest Anuduzbar. In this school, no doubt, he learnt goospel the intricacies of Babylonian astrology, a training which permanently influenced his mind and proved the bane of his later life.

At the age of twenty-five he happened to hear the homilies of Hystaspes, the Bishop of Edessa ; he received instruction, was baptized, and even admitted to the dioconate or the priesthood. He was clearly no ascetic, but dressed in Oriental finery “with berylls and caftan”, according to St. His acceptance of Christianity was perfectly sincere; nor do later stories, that he left the Catholic Church and joined the Valentinian Gnostics out of disappointed ambition, deserve much credit. His royal friend became probably afteri.

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Bardesanes showed great literary activity against Marcion and Valentinus, the Gnostics barddesanes the day. But unfortunately, with the zeal of a convert anxious to use his previous acquirements in the service of the newly found truth, Bardesanes mixed his Babylonian pseudo-astronomy baddesanes Christian dogma and thus originated a Christian sect, which was vigorously combated by St.

Thus the Osrhoenic kingdom, after years’ existence, came to an end. Though he was urged by a friend of Caracalla to apostatize, Bardesanes stood firm, saying that he feared not death, as he would in any event have to undergo it, even though he should now submit to the emperor. At the age of sixty-three he was forced to take refuge in the fortress of Ani in Armenia and tried to spread the Gospel there, but with little success.

He died at the bardeesanes of sixty-eight, probably at Edessa. Bardesanes apparently was a voluminous author.

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Though nearly all his works have perished, we find notices of the following: Whether this Antoninus is merely a friend of Bardesanes or a Roman emperor and, in the latter case, which of the Antonini is meant, is matter of controversy. It is also uncertain whether this dialogue is identical with “The Book of the Laws of the Countries”, of which later on Eusebius, Hist.

These psalms became famous in the history of Edessa ; their words and melodies lived for generations on the lips of the people.

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Ephrem composed hymns in the same pentasyllabic metre and had them sung to the same tunes as the psalms of Bardesanes, these latter gradually lost favour. Of these, however, only the “Hymn on the Soul ” is generally acknowledged to be by Bardesanes, the authorship of the others is doubtful.

Though marred by many obscurities, the beauty of this hymn on the soul is very striking. The soul is sent from its heavenly home to the earth, symbolized by Egypt, to obtain the pearl of great price. In Egypt it forgets for a while its royal parentage and glorious destiny. It is reminded thereof by a letter from home, succeeds in snatching a raiment of light, it returns to receive its rank and glory in the kingdom of its father. They are referred to by St. Ephrem, and amongst them was a treatise on light and darkness.

A fragment of an astronomical work by Bardesanes was preserved by George, Bishop of the Arab tribes, and republished by Nau in “Bardesane l’astrologue” etc. Moses of Chorene History of G. He wrote all in Syriac, but his book was afterwards translated into Greek”. Though the correctness of this statement is not quite above suspicion, it probably has a foundation in fact. Bardesanes obtained his information from the Hindu ambassadors to the Emperor Eliogabalus.

A few extracts are preserved by Porphyry and Stobaeus Langlois, Fragm. This famous dialogue, the oldest remnant not only of Bardesanite learning, but even of Syriac literature, if we except the version of Holy Writis not be Bardesanes himself, but by a certain Philip, his disciple.

The main speaker, however, in the dialogue is Bardesanes, and we have no reason to doubt that what is put in his mouth correctly represents his teaching. Excerpts of this work are extant in Greek in Euseb.

A complete Syriac text was first published from a sixth- or seventh-century manuscript in the British Museum, by Cureton, in his “Spicilegium Syriacum” London,and recently by Nau. It is disputed whether the original was in Syriac or in Greek; Nau is decided and rightly in favour of the former. Against a questioning disciple called Abida, Bardesanes seeks to show that man’s action are not entirely necessitated by Fate, as the outcome of stellar combinations.

Gosspel the fact that the same laws customs, and manners often prevail amongst all persons living in a certain district, or, though locally scattered, living under the same traditions, Bardesanes endeavours to show that the position of the stars at the birth of individuals can have but little to do with their subsequent conduct.

Hence the title “Book of the Laws of the Countries. Various opinions have been formed as to the real doctrine of Bardesanes. As early as Hippolytus Philos. Hilgenfeld in wrote an able defence of this view, based mainly on extracts from St. Ephrem, who devoted his life to combating Bardesanism in Edessa. But the strong and fervent expressions of St. Ephrem against the Bardesanites of his day are not a fair criterion of the doctrine of their master. The extraordinary veneration of his own countrymen, the very reserved, and half-respectful allusion to him in the early Fathers, and above all the “Book of the Laws of the Countries” suggest a milder view of Bardesanes’s aberrations.

He cannot be called a Gnostic in the proper sense of the word. He believed in an O God, Creator of heaven and earth, whose will is absolute, and to whom vospel things are subject. God endowed man with freedom of will to work out his salvation. This world He allowed to be a mixture of good and evil, light and darkness.

All things, even those which we now consider inanimate, have a measure of liberty. In all of them the bardseanes has to overcome the darkness. After six thousand years this earth shall have an end, and a world without evil shall take its place.

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To Bardesanes the sun, moon, and planets were living beings, to whom, under God, the government of this world bardesannes largely entrusted; and though man was free, he was strongly influenced for good or for evil by the constellations. Bardesanes’ catechism must have been a strange mixture of Christian bardeesanes and references to the signs of the Zodiac. Misled badresanes the fact that “spirit” is feminine in Syriac, he seems to have held erroneous views on the Trinity.

He apparently denied the Resurrection of the Bodybut thought Our Lord’s body was endowed with incorruptibility bardesajes with a special gift. Bardesanes’s son Harmonius strayed farther from the path of orthodoxy.

Educated at Athens, he added to the Chaldee astrology of his father Greek errors concerning the soul, the birth and destruction of bodies, and a sort of metempsychosis. A certain Marinus, a follower of Bardesanes, is refuted in the “Dialogue of Adamantius”. This Marinus, a dualist, held the doctrine of a two-fold primeval being; for the devil, according to him is not created by God.

He was also a Docetist, as he denied Christ’s birth of a woman. Ephrem, the Bardesanites of his day were given to many puerilities and obscenities. Sun and Moon were considered male and female principles, and the ideas of heaven amongst the Bardesanites were not without an admixture of sensuality. Ephrem’s zealous efforts to suppress this powerful heresy were not entirely successful.

Rabbula, Bishop of Edessa infound it flourishing everywhere. Its existence in the seventh century is attested by Jacob of Edessa ; in the eighth by George, Bishop of the Arab tribes; in the tenth by the historian Masudi; and even in the twelfth by Shashrastani. Bardesanism seems to have degenerated first into Valentinianism and then into common Manichaeism. The last-named writers states: The light causes the good, deliberately and with free will ; the darkness causes the evil, but by force of nature and necessity.

They believe that light is a living thing, possessing knowledge, might, perception, and understanding; and from it movement and life take their source; but that darkness is dead, ignorant, feeble, rigid, and soulless, without activity and discrimination; and they hold that the evil within them is the outcome of their nature and is done without their co-operation” [Haarbrucker tr.

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