Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church (The Complete Eight Volumes in One). Amazon Kindle Edition, 2014.
Volume 2, Ante-Nicene Christianity A.D. 100-325, “Chapter 11. The Heresies of the Ante-Nicene Age” Sections 112-136, Loc. 17655-18757.
§ 114. The Pseudo-Clementine Ebionism.
After a brief bibliography Schaff considers a specific form of Ebionism. “The system of the pseudo-Clementine Homilies exhibits Ebionism at once in its theosophic perfection, and in its internal dissolution” (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17775). The opinion is individual, rather than being one endorsed by a whole group. However, Schaff takes it to be connected with the views of the Elkesaites (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17781). The writing rejects Gnosticism but is very Judaistic and critical toward Paul. There are twenty “Clementine Homilies,” apparently from the late second centiry, though claiming to be from the Clement mentioned in Philippians 4:3 (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17786). In these homilies the author claims to be a disciple of the apostle Peter, who represents true Christianity (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17797). The homilies reject all which is not clearly found in Peter. Here we are told of Simon Magus and his destructive work. The work of Paul is also considered suspect at best (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17812). True Christianity would return to the patterns of religion held since the beginning of creation (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17812). Christianity, then, is to return to its primitive forms, as found in Moses and Adam. God remains unchanged, but divides thing into opposite elements, heaven and earth, darkness and light, etc. All of creation is seen in these dualistic patterns (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17834). To live within this world we must align with the correct side of each of the polar opposites (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17839).
Schaff observes that the body of work by this pseudo-Clementine author is fairly extensive (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17850). Some of the works are reasonably orthodox, while some are not.