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66 Studia Biblica et

by S. R. Driver
66 Studia Biblica et Ecclesiastica. aloft before their eyes; those that wished to offer him sacrifice, crossed the river and fulfilled the immolation before the temples. The satraps of the city arose and said:  Whom shall we worship instead of the idols? They were told that they should worship  the sign of the cross of Christ. This they made, and set it up to the east of the city on a fair hill, which was also separated from the city by a small river ( Aragva). In the morning, according to their custom, people worshipped it from their housetops. But when they went up to the hill and saw a piece of wood, roughly hewn, many said, with contempt, that all their forests were full of such wood, and then went away. But God in His goodness looked down on their error. He sent from the heavens a pillar of cloud, and all the hill was filled with fragrance: a melodious voice sounded, of many singers of psalms, and there appeared a light with a representation of the cross, of the size and shape of the cross of wood: twelve stars stood over the wooden cross; all believed and worshipped. And from that time many were healed by that cross. But the blessed Nune set forth, to instruct with her pure lips the other regions of Iberia: she went about everywhere in a dress of exceeding simplicity, having nothing superfluous, a stranger to the world and all that belongs to it, or rather nailed to the cross, exercising her life in continual death, confessing by her word the divine Word, and crowned with her readiness as with a bloody crown; we make bold to say that she, having become an apostle, preached, beginning from the Kekharchians ( in Greater Armenia), at the gates of the Alans (? Ossets— Dariel Pass) and Kasbians1,  even unto the bounds of the Maskuts ( Massagetae), as thou mayest learn from Agathangelos. 1 East of Cakhethi. Cf. Strabo, iv. 5. Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index t

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66 Studia Biblica et Ecclesiastica. aloft before their eyes; those that wished to offer him sacrifice, crossed the river and fulfilled the immolation before the temples. The satraps of the city arose and said: ' Whom shall we worship instead of the idols?' They were told that they should worship ' the sign of the cross of Christ.' This they made, and set it up to the east of the city on a fair hill, which was also separated from the city by a small river ( Aragva). In the morning, according to their custom, people worshipped it from their housetops. But when they went up to the hill and saw a piece of wood, roughly hewn, many said, with contempt, that all their forests were full of such wood, and then went away. But God in His goodness looked down on their error. He sent from the heavens a pillar of cloud, and all the hill was filled with fragrance: a melodious voice sounded, of many singers of psalms, and there appeared a light with a representation of the cross, of the size and shape of the cross of wood: twelve stars stood over the wooden cross; all believed and worshipped. And from that time many were healed by that cross. But the blessed Nune set forth, to instruct with her pure lips the other regions of Iberia: she went about everywhere in a dress of exceeding simplicity, having nothing superfluous, a stranger to the world and all that belongs to it, or rather nailed to the cross, exercising her life in continual death, confessing by her word the divine Word, and crowned with her readiness as with a bloody crown; we make bold to say that she, having become an apostle, preached, beginning from the Kekharchians ( in Greater Armenia), at the gates of the Alans (? Ossets— Dariel Pass) and Kasbians1, even unto the bounds of the Maskuts ( Massagetae), as thou mayest learn from Agathangelos. 1 East of Cakhet'hi. Cf. Strabo, iv. 5. << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index t
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