By Louis Gordon (1862-1942) Rylands

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Sacrifice not rejecting it absolutely, interpreted it as allegory. It may be observed incidentally that in chapters iii to v of the Epistle under consideration quotations from the Old Testament But in abound, and the whole argument is based upon it. and ii there are only two slight references to the Old Testament i, 17 and ii, 24 and it will be shown later that both of these verses are Also in chapters interpolations. vi to viii there is only one quotation from the Old Testament chapters i ; * 4 _ this Evidence of this is found in the Odes of Solomon.

Independent evidence was given before that such was, in fact, the opinion of Paul. R2 not only declares that no man can be justified by works he even goes so far as to say that the evil-doer can be justified by faith in Jesus Christ, in whose blood all his sins are washed away. That thought runs through the argument of chap" ters iii to v, and is plainly expressed in iv, 5. To him that worketh not [sc. " 1 It will be shown later that the section vii, 8-11. occur was written by R2. in which these verses THE GNOSTIC EPISTLE 43 No candid person could refuse assent to the judgment that the man who held such an opinion as the one just quoted cannot have written the declaration that God will render to every man according to his works.

In the second century also there existed a feeling that the chief Apostles must necessarily have suffered The admirers of Paul would not have captivity and death. allowed him to come behind James and Peter in that respect. Such an attitude of mind would almost certainly, in a legendforming age, have led to the invention of a captivity for Paul, as it actually did produce the tradition of his martyrdom, for which there is no historical evidence. What, then, would Paul be likely to have done as soon as possible after arriving in Rome?

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