111 Fragments of a second epistle of Dionysius, Bishop of Alexandria, or of the treatise which was inscribed the "Elenchus et Apologia." [A former epistle was written when Dionysius (of Rome) was a presbyter.]
134 Of the work itself Athanasius thus speaks: Finally, Dionysius complains that his accusers do not quote his opinions in their integrity, but mutilated, and that they do not speak out of a good conscience, but for evil inclination; and he says that they are like those who cavilled at the epistles of the blessed apostle. Certainly he meets the individual words of his accusers, and gives a solution to all their arguments; and as in those earlier writings of his he confuted Sabellius most evidently, so in these later ones he entirely declares his own pious faith. [Conf. Hermas, vol. iii. p. 15, note 7,with note 2, supra.]
136 a\ponhstizesqai dei=. Gentianus Hervetus renders this by jejunandus sit dies Paschae; and thus he translates the word by jejunare, "to fast," wherever it occurs, whereas it rather means always, jejunium solvere, it "to have done fasting." In this sense the word is used in the Apostolic Constitutions repeatedly: see book v. chap. 12, 18, etc. It occurs in the same sense in the 89th Canon of the Concilium Trullanum. The usage must evidently be the same here: so that it does not mean, What is the proper hour for fasting on the day of Pentecost? but, What is the hour at which the ante-paschal fast ought to be terminated-whether on the evening preceding the paschal festival itself, or at cockcrowing, or at another time?-Gall. See also the very full article in Suicer, s.v.
137 I give the beginning of this epistle of Dionysius of Alexandria also as it is found in not a few manuscripts, viz. e0pesteila/j moi...th= tou= pa/sxa perilusei,-the common reading being, th\n tou= pasxa h9me/ran. And the perilusij tou= pa/sxa denotes the close of the paschal fast, as Eusebius (Hist. Eccles. v. 23) uses the phrase ta\j tw=n a0sitiw=n e0piluseij,-the verbs perilu/ein, apolu/ein, e\pilu/ein, katalu/ein, being often used in this sense.-Cotelerius on the Apostolic Constitutions, v. 15.
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