Dialogue with Trypho: Saint Justin Martyr: The Dialogue with Trypho is a discussion in which Justin tries to prove the truth of Christianity to a learned Jew named. [ Home ] [ Patristic Stuff ] [ Dialogue with Trypho ]. Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho. Those who are familiar with this work will surely concur in that it is a. Dialogue with Trypho [Justin Martyr] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book is an important look into the theology of the early church.

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For frypho institutions seemed to be unreasonable and unworthy of God to many men, who had not received grace to know that your nation were called to conversion and repentance of spirit, while they were in a sinful condition and labouring under spiritual disease; and that the prophecy which was announced subsequent to the death of Moses is everlasting.

For that the creation which God created–to wit, Adam–was a house for the spirit which proceeded from God, you all can understand. The fruit of this rejoicing has flowed to posterity, viz.

Justin Martyr’s Dialogue With Trypho (The Patristic Summaries Series)

But thou hast hated instruction, and cast My words behind thee. He bears our sins, and is distressed for us; and we esteemed Him to be in toil and in affliction, and in evil martjr But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.

And I said, What is it, Lord? Then I continued, “I purpose to quote to you Scriptures, not marfyr I am anxious to make merely an artful display of words; for I possess no such faculty, but God’s grace alone has been granted to me to the understanding of His Scriptures, of which grace I exhort all to become partakers freely and bounteously, in order that they may not, through want of it, incur condemnation in the judgment which God the Maker of all things shall hold through my Mwrtyr Jesus Christ.

His There has been some debate on whether this account is fictionalized or if it came from the author’s personal experience.


And do not questions continually arise to them about His unity and providence? This is the best English edition of the Dialogue with Trypho.

If, then, it is life, it would cause something else, and not itself, to live, even as motion would move something else than itself. They will appear strange to you, although you read them every day; so that even from this fact we understand that, because of your wickedness, God has withheld from you the ability to discern the wisdom of His Scriptures; yet[there are] some exceptions, to whom, according to the grace of His long-suffering, as Isaiah said, He has left a seed of salvation, lest your race be utterly destroyed, like Sodom and Gomorrah.

This was prefigured at the deluge, as afterwards by the persecution of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

We wonder why Christianity is so unconvincing to them. For He can be called by all those names, since He ministers to the Father’s will, and since He was begotten of the Father by an act of will; just as we see happening among ourselves: They seek Me from day to day, and desire to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the judgment of God.

He shall martry Thy people with righteousness, and Thy poor with judgment.

Dialogue with Trypho by Justin Martyr

Epistle to the Philadelphians: All nations shall call Him blessed. And Jericho was shut up and fortified, and no one went out of it. But we do not trust through Moses or through the law; for then we would do the same as yourselves. And the judgment sat, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

Ignatius, and the brethren who are with him, to John the holy presbyter. Out of Zion is the perfection of His beauty. And that you may not change the[force of the] words just quoted, and repeat what your teachers assert,–either that God said to Himself,’Let Us make,’just as we, when about to do something, oftentimes say to ourselves,’Let us make;’or that God spoke to the elements, to wit, the earth and other similar substances of which we believe man was formed,’Let Us make,’–I shall quote again the words narrated by Moses himself, from which we can indisputably learn that[God] conversed with some one who was numerically distinct from Himself, and also a rational Being.


And even as that sees God, so also is it attainable by us to conceive of the Deity in our mind, and thence to become happy? Instead of thy fathers, thy sons have been born: This was an insightful glimpse into the attitude of those within the Church toward Jewish converts. And thus it is manifest to all, that His Father has given Him so great power, by virtue of which demons are subdued to His name, and to the dispensation of His suffering.

But it is not difficult to understand the upshot of this; for fearlessness and license in speaking result to such as maintain these opinions, doing and saying whatever they choose, neither dreading punishment nor hoping for any benefit from God.

So shall many nations be astonished at Him, and the kings shall shut their mouths; for that which had not been told them concerning Him shall they see, and that which they had not heard shall they consider. Or who showed Him judgment? For we know that, as you said, it is not possible either anywhere to sacrifice the lamb of the passover, or to offer the goats ordered for the fast; or, in short, [to present] all the other offerings. For as the unharnessed colt was a symbol of the Gentiles even so the harnessed ass was a symbol of your nation.

And Trypho said, “You seem to me to have come out of a great conflict with many persons about all the points we have been searching into, and therefore quite ready to return answers to all questions put to you.