2 Maccabees 7:28


25 Since the young man would not listen to him at all, the king called the mother to him and urged her to advise the youth to save himself. 26 After much urging on his part, she undertook to persuade her son. 27 But, leaning close to him, she spoke in their native language as follows, deriding the cruel tyrant: "My son, have pity on me. I carried you nine months in my womb, and nursed you for three years, and have reared you and brought you up to this point in your life, and have taken care of you. 28 I beg you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. And in the same way the human race came into being. 29 Do not fear this butcher, but prove worthy of your brothers. Accept death, so that in God's mercy I may get you back again along with your brothers."

Hilary of Poitiers On the Trinity 4.16


Since, therefore, the words of the Apostle, One God the Father, from Whom are all things, and one Jesus Christ, our Lord, through Whom are all things, form an accurate and complete confession concerning God, let us see what Moses has to say of the beginning of the world. His words are, And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the water, and let it divide the water from the water. And it was so, and God made the firmament and God divided the water through the midst. Here, then, you have the God from Whom, and the God through Whom. If you deny it, you must tell us through whom it was that God's work in creation was done, or else point for your explanation to an obedience in things yet uncreated, which, when God said Let there be a firmament, impelled the firmament to establish itself. Such suggestions are inconsistent with the clear sense of Scripture. For all things, as the Prophet says, were made out of nothing; it was no transformation of existing things, but the creation into a perfect form of the non-existent. Through whom? Hear the Evangelist: All things were made through Him.

 Notes and References

"... It is not clear whether Origen is referring to 1 Maccabees alone, but in any case it is said, here, that 'the Maccabees' are outside the canon. However, one should note that Origen’s list is meant to reflect the Hebrew Bible, not to claim that only those books are holy (something which, of course, no Christian would suggest). Accordingly, we should not be surprised to find that elsewhere he cites 2 Maccabees (7:28) as proof for the belief in creatio ex nihilo and had no problem commenting that the belief was thus documented on the authority of the Scriptures (“ex scripturarum auctoritate”) ... compare Hilary of Poitiers, On The Trinity 4.16 ... It is sometimes thought that his reference to an unidentified “prophet” alludes to 2 Maccabees 7:28 ..."

Schwartz, Daniel R. 2 Maccabees (p. 58) de Gruyter, 2008

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