Monday, January 5, 2015

ANF 5: Hippolytus Exegetical Fragments II

Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 5

Hippolytus: Works and Fragments I.--Exegetical

Continuing a listing of the useful/interesting bits and fragments in Hippolytus' commentaries on Scripture (again, you don't need to read all of them unless you're a scholar in the field, I'm just trying to point out the highlights):

  • On Daniel.II: This section cannot but be interesting to those of us in the 21st century who are so steeped in various forms of 20th century Premillennial thought. (Not that I hold to such thought, but I was like many Christians raised in it.) "But that we may not leave our subject at this point undemonstrated, we are obliged to discuss the matter of the times, of which a man should not speak hastily, because they are a light to him." 
  • On Susannah: Of course, one should read Susanna first. But having done that, the comments Hippolytus makes are pretty darn interesting, despite the nature of the Apocryphal text. 

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