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From Wikipedia Justin Martyr, also known as Saint Justin (c. 100 – 165 AD), was an early Christian apologist, and is regarded as the foremost interpreter of the theory of the Logos in the 2nd century. He was martyred, alongside some of his students, and is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Most of his works are lost, but two apologies and a dialogue did survive. The First Apology, his most well known text, passionately defends the morality of the Christian life, and provides various ethical and philosophical arguments to convince the Roman emperor, Antoninus, to abandon the persecution of the fledgling sect. Further, he also makes the theologically-innovative suggestion that the "seeds of Christianity" (manifestations of the Logos acting in history) actually predated Christ's incarnation. This notion allows him to claim many historical Greek philosophers (including Socrates and Plato), in whose works he was well studied, as unknowing Christians.
Note: After studying Justin's writings,we have seen several troubling occurences. It appears the translators have done a number on his original writings. For example in his dialog with Trypho the Jew the breaking up into chapters with new chapter titles greatly slanted Justin's theological stand on what he wrote. ( i.e. the title CHAPTER XXI -- SABBATHS WERE INSTITUTED ON ACCOUNT OF THE PEOPLE'S SINS, AND NOT FOR A WORK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.) In this chapter when Justin is quoting Ezekiel 20:19-26 and it is related to the given title, it becomes a complete misinterpretation of scripture. This is not Justin's error, but the translators. Another example of this is the title of CHAPTER XLIII -- HE CONCLUDES THAT THE LAW HAD AN END IN CHRIST, WHO WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN.
Several biographies have credited Justin with the following: "Soon after 155, Justin published his Dialogue with Trypho, an argument with a Jew about the true interpretation of Scripture. The Dialogue with Trypho teaches three main points: The Old Covenant is passing away to make place for the New; the Logos is the God of the Old Testament; the Gentiles are the new Israel." After reading his writings, we did not find that he said these things. So be careful what you believe.
It appears that Justin was adhering to the lunar/solar calendar as indicated in Chapter XLI "...through Him who rose from the dead on the first day after the Sabbath, [namely through] our Lord Jesus Christ. For the first day after the Sabbath, remaining the first of all the days, is called, however, the eighth, according to the number of all the days of the cycle, and [yet] remains the first." Resurrection day is what the early Fathers called the "Lords day", and it eventually was converted to once a week.
Many christians today quote Justin's writings, Chapter LXVII.—Weekly worship of the Christians. "...And on the day called Sunday" to prove that the sabbath is supposed to be on Sunday. Once again, the translator's hands are evident. (see www.cogwriter.com/ignatius.htm)
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