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'''Didymus the Blind''' (c. 313 - c. 398) was an ecclesiastical writer of [[Alexandria]]. He became blind at the age of four, before he had learned to read, but nevertheless succeeded in mastering the whole corpus of the sciences then known. On entering the service of the [[Church]] he was placed at the head of the [[Catechetical School of Alexandria|Catechetical school in Alexandria]], where he lived and worked until almost the close of the fourth century. Among his pupils were [[Jerome]] and Rufinus.
He was a loyal follower of [[Origen]], though boldly opposed to [[Arianism|Arian]] and [[Macedonian Heresy|Macedonian]] teachings. His surviving writings show a remarkable knowledge of [[scripture]] and have distinct value as theological literature. Among them are the ''De Trinitate'', ''De Spiritu Sancto'' (Jerome's Latin translation), ''Adversus Manichaeos'', and notes and expositions of various books, especially the [[Psalms]] and the [[Apostolos|Catholic Epistles]].
:''Being the source of goodness, God, even after our failures, calls us anew, not effacing entirely from our mind the knowledge of good, even if we have turned away from virtue through sin. This is what God, at present, also does for Adam in calling him although he has hidden himself, saying to him: 'Adam, where art thou?' Adam, in fact, had been placed there by God for the purpose of working and guarding Paradise; he had received this place from Him to be his own. Having distanced himself from there by disobedience, it is proper that he should hear from God: 'Where art thou?'''
==Sources and further reading==
* [http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Didymus Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition (Public Domain)]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04784a.htm CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Didymus the Blind]
* Layton RA. ''Didymus the Blind and his circle in late-antique Alexandria: virtue and narrative in biblical scholarship''. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004 (ISBN 0252028813) ([http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0252028813/ Amazon])
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