Clement has used, andthe very language also in which he has expressed them. Philo was a mystical teacher to whom Clement looked up as to a master. A statement which we find in Philo, in immediate connection with several curious ideas, which Clement quotes from him, gives, beyond all doubt, the key to Clement's suggestion that possibly the eighth day should be called the seventh, andthe seventh day called the sixth. Philo said that, according to God's purpose, the first day of time was not to be numbered with the other days ofthe creation week. Thus he says:-- "And he allotted each ofthe six days to one ofthe portions ofthe whole, TAKING OUT THE FIRST DAY which he does not even call the first day, that it may not be numbered with the others, but entitling it ONE, he names it rightly, perceiving in it, and ascribing to it, the nature and appellation ofthe limit." This would simply change the numbering ofthe days, as counted by Philo, and afterward partially adopted by Clement, and make theSabbath, not the 546
seventh day, but the sixth, and Sunday, not the eighth day, but the seventh; but it would still leave theSabbath day andthe Sunday the same identical days as before. It would, however, give to theSabbaththe name of sixth day, because the first ofthe six days of creation was not counted; and it would cause the eighth day, so called in the early church because of its coming next after theSabbath, to be called seventh day. Thus theSabbath would be the sixth day, andthe seventh a day of work, and yet theSabbath would be the identical day that it had ever been, andthe Sunday, though called seventh day, would still, as ever before, remain a day on which ordinary labor was lawful. Of course, Philo's idea that the first day of time should not be counted, is wholly false; for there is not one fact in the Bible to support it, but many which expressly contradict it, and even Clement, with all deference to Philo, only timidly suggests it. But when the matter is laid open, it shows that Clement had no thought of calling Sunday theSabbath, and that he does expressly confirm what we have fully proved out of other ofthe fathers, that Sunday was a day on which, in 547
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