early church writers - references, usages and allusions - Ante-Nicene

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Irenaeus and many others will be documented here.

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Irenaeus with Valentinus
 
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Cyprian given in

Gerhard - 1619

Full Cyprian text

English section
He says, "I bear witness of myself, my testimony is not true; but there is another who beareth witness of me."(2) but if the Lord Himself, who will by and by judge all things, was unwilling to be believed on His own testimony, but preferred to be approved by the judgment and testimony of God the Father, how much more does it be-hove His servants to observe this, who are not only approved by, but even glory in the judgment and testimony of God!
 

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Against Heresies - Bk 4 XXXIII.3 -

all these beings are indeed said [in Scripture to be], as it were, one
This was noted by Carl Graham
Pseudo-Science of Biblical Criticism (2002c.)
Ref:
2. Soulen, Richard N., Handbook of Biblical Criticism, 2nd ed. (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1981), p. 75.

Full section:

The Ante-Nicene Fathers: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to A.D. 325, Volume 1
Irenaeus Against Heresies

3. [This spiritual man] shall also judge all the followers of Valentinus, because they do indeed confess with the tongue one God the Father, and that all things derive their existence from Him, but do at the same time maintain that He who formed all things is the fruit of an apostasy or defect. [He shall judge them, too, because] they do in like manner confess with the tongue one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, but assign in their [system of] doctrine a production of his own to the Only-begotten, one of his own also to the Word, another to Christ, and yet another to the Saviour; so that, according to them, all these beings are indeed said [in Scripture to be], as it were, one; [while they maintain], notwithstanding, that each one of them should be understood [to exist] separately [from the rest], and to have [had] his own special origin, according to his peculiar conjunction. [It appears], then,4 that their tongues alone, forsooth, have conceded the unity [of God], while their [real] opinion and their understanding (by their habit of investigating profundities) have fallen away from [this doctrine of] unity, and taken up the notion of manifold deities, — ...
 
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