Type 2029
(formerly typ/110)

Ὁ παρθένος τί; Τὸν τεκόντα τὸν κάτω
λιπών, τεκόντα τὸν Θεὸν κτᾶται μόνον.
Ὡς παρθένος γάρ, πρὸς τὸν ἐκ τῆς Παρθένου
καλοῦντα Χριστόν, οἷα συγγενὴς τρέχει.
Ἐντεῦθεν εἰς τὸ στῆθος Αὐτοῦ γνησίως
πεσών, ἐκεῖθεν τὴν ἄβυσσον λαμβάνει
τῆς γνώσεως καὶ πάντα πλουτεῖ τὸν κόσμον,
μυστηρίων ἄγνωστα καὶ τοῖς ἀγγέλοις.
Θεηγόρος τέταρτος οὖν Ἰωάννης
Εὐαγγελιστής, ἀλλʹ ἐν ὕψει δογμάτων
πρῶτος, μέγιστος, ἄκρος, ἀρχὴ καὶ τέλος.
Title(s) Στίχοι εἰς τὸν εὐαγγελιστὴν Ἰωάννην / Στίχοι εἰς τὸν ἅγιον Ἰωάννην τὸν Εὐαγγελιστήν.
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Author-related epigram
Niketas David Paphlagon (9th c. - 10th c.) - PMBZ: 27866: "Personenkennziffer: 25712"
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) John (evangelist, saint) (1st c.)
Tag(s) Spiritual value of the book
Critical Notes v. 1 τί] τὲ (Hörandner 2000: 80)
This would imply the poem was not an isolated case, but a part of a cycle of four epigrams in honour of the evangelists.
v. 4 καλοῦντα] Λαλοῦντα (Ioannidis 1864b: 146)
v. 10 εὐαγγελιστὴς] Εὐαγγελισταῖς (Ioannidis 1864b: 146)
Comment Papadopoulos-Kerameus (1897: 206): "Στίχοι εἰς τὸν εὐαγγελιστὴν Ἰωάννην"
Hörander (2000: 80): An epigram of Niketas David Paphlagon in honour of St John the Evangelist, who recieves the epithet παρθένος.

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Number of verses 11
Related type(s) [1883] Βροντῆς τὸν υἱὸν τίς βροτῶν μὴ θαυμάσῃ (5 verses) (Same cycle)

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