Aristo of Pella

Aristo of Pella in Palestine, by birth a Jew, but converted to the true faith, flourished about 136. Mention is made by the author of the Chronicle of Alexandria of Apelles and Aristo, who presented apologies to Hadrian and whom, he says, Eusebius, praises in his Ecclesiastical History ; but nothing of the kind is to be found' in Eusebius, and Cave thinks it likely that he has confounded the names of Aristides and Aristo. However this may be, Aristo of Pella wrote a book, entitled A Disputation between Jason and Papiscus, so, at least, St. Maximus says. Whether this Jason was the same: Jason of Thessalonica (Ac 17:5; Ro 16:21) is very doubtful. Papiscus was an Alexandrian Jew, who, as it appears, was convinced by the argument, and baptized. This Disputation for a long- time existed in Greek; and Origen entirely refuted the arguments of Celsus, who endeavored to bring it into contempt. .It is now -entirely lost, although some writers, (upon the strength of an expression used by Rigaltius, by which he appeared to' them to. quote from Nicolas Fabrus, when, in reality, he .quotes from Jerome) have imagined that it is still in existence, It- was translated into Latin by another Celsus, who lived before the time of Constantine. See -Cave, Hist. Lit. i, 39.

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