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Didymus the Blind was the most distinguished successor of Origen in the catechetical School of Alexandria, and the last before the school sank into obscurity. Though blind from his fifth year, he yet became one of the most famous scholars of his age. He acknowledged Origen as his master, and wrote an interpretation and defense of his "Principles." That, notwithstanding this, he was visited by Jerome, and acknowledged by him as his master, is the highest possible testimony to his rank as a scholar and his pre-eminence as a theologian and expounder of Scripture. His life nearly covered the fourth century, his death, at an advanced age, occurring A. D. 394 or 399. Jerome gives a long catalogue of works by Didymus, but we have left only (1) a Latin translation by Jerome of a work on the Holy Spirit, (2) a Latin translation of Notes on all the Canonical Epistles, and (3) a book against the Manichseans in the original.

The work on the Holy Spirit was declared by Jerome to be the source from which the Latin writers drew all that they wrote upon this subject. - It is a methodical and exhaustive treatise, proving that the Holy Spirit is not a name or a property, and not a creature, but a real existence, of the same nature as the Father and the Son.


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