Holy Joe Doaks! And Leaping Lazarus!
19 DhulHijja 1421
(( ... wherein we learn with great pleasure to ourselves and some small credit to H*rv*rd University that the Dumbarton Oaks website << http://www.doaks.org/Laz1.pdf >> isn't ENTIRELY about selling trinkets to tourists. (( One may instance page 91 of _op. cit._, the beginning of Mr. Greenfield's actual translation, corresponding to pages 508 and 509 of the learned Bollandists' _Acta Sanctorum Novembris 3_, BHG 979 of 1910: )) THE LIFE, CONDUCT AND ASCETIC PRACTICE OF OUR BLESSED FATHER LAZARUS THE MIRACLE WORKER WHO [LIVED] ON [MOUNT] GALESION (( A causal _Googleblick_ cast at >> http://www.bautz.de/bbkl/l/lazaros.shtml << reveals that [Mount] Galesion is located in the suburbs of Ephesus, Turkey -- a municipality by no means to be confused with Ephesus TX -- and that the Lazarus immediately in question dates to about 968-1054 ABCE. But hush, no more interruptions! )) 1. He Who fashioned our hearts alone, Who understands all our works, as the holy Scripture says, and Who foresees the instability of our minds and how our thoughts tend toward evil things from our youth, has consented in His goodness that contemporary authors should set down in writing the lives, the deeds of contest and asceticism, and the extraordinary and most marvelous achievements of the saints who lived before the law, under the law and in the time of grace, I mean those of the prophets, apostles, martyrs, and blessed ones. [Such authors have] left [their accounts] like living icons or clean and very clear mirrors for subsequent [generations] in order that when, as the Apostle says, we _consider_ their life and _their behavior_ through these [stories],  we may _follow their faith_, and in order that whatever path someone desires to travel he may do this easily and without stumbling, finding his guide therein. For nothing leads so naturally toward the way of virtue or, on the other hand, is so good at making [people] despise all transitory things, whether these bring joy or sorrow, as when [an account of] a life which is virtuous and pleasing to God falls on the ears of those who love Him. For if, as the same blessed Paul says, _bad company ruins good morals_, it is clear that ===  Cf. Ps. 32 (33):15. This quotation, with the same alterations of _'autôn_ to _heemôn_ ,is also used by Theodoret of Cyrrhus as the opening of the introduction to his _commentarius in Amos_, PG 81:1664B. (( How to do Greek right with circumambient HTML and only the predestined fonts is an interesting question. ))  Cf. Jer. 3:25; 39 (32):30.  That is, the Mosaic law. The meaning is clarified below.  This seems to be a definite allusion to Basil of Caesarea, _epistola II_ (PG 32:220); indeed much of the opening segment of this chapter can be read as an expansion of the theme raised by Basil; cf. also Eusebius of Caesarea, _contra Marcellum_, PG 24:764.  This is a rough quotation from Heb. 13:7. The first section follows the interpretation of the RSV rather than that of the RV, which translates _'anastropheé_ (here taken as "behavior") as "conversation."  Cf. Nah. 1:12.  1 Cor. 15:33, following the RSV translation. The original passage quotes a fragment of Menander's _Thais_. As well as "bad company," the sense of "bad topics of conversation" is also implicit in the Greek; cf. the AV translation, "evil communications."
Of course there's always another side to everything, or at least usually there is something more to be said. Even with so recondite a question as this of _Lazarus Galesiensis_. At
one may read under 7 November EXACTLY as follows (would I make it up?):
"A native of Asia, Saint Lazarus was born in 968 in a village on the border of Magnesia. At the age of six he was put into the monastery of the Orobes to learn the Holy Scriptures. Five years later his heart was inflamed with an ardent desire to withdraw to the places sanctified by the Passion of Christ. He visited the Church of the Resurrection, guided by the Archdeacon, and thanks to him, was admitted among the number of ascetics in the monastery of Saint Sabbas, and was ordained a priest by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. When the Arabs, in their revolt against the Caliph of Egypt, had ravaged all of Palestine and destroyed to Mount Galesius opposite the city, an abrupt and inaccessible mountain to the crowd. Nevertheless his reputation spread everywhere, and a great crowd of monks, desirious to practice asceticism in his company, asked to join him. He lived successively on three columns, in various places, and founded the monasteries of the Savior, vegetables and drank water, and that only once or twice weekly, joyously suffering the cold and heat. He died in old age, in 1054."