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Commentary on the Apocalypse


Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Series: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vii

Some years ago the late Dr. Alastair Kirkland, who was engaged on writing a commentary on the book of Revelation, asked Mrs. Barbara Churms to produce an English translation of Oecumenius’s commentary. After Alastair’s tragic murder in 1997 Barbara asked me to look over and revise her translation, which followed ...


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pp. ix

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pp. xi-xii

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pp. 3-16

Although there is still considerable doubt about the identity and date of Oecumenius, it is certain that his commentary is the first Greek commentary on the book of Revelation, which was later used by Andreas in the beginning of the seventh century and by Arethas in the tenth century.1 It is therefore of considerable ...

Commentary on the apocalypse

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Chapter One

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pp. 19-34

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable,” a sacred text said somewhere.1 For it was by the Spirit that all those who proclaimed to us the saving gospel— prophets, apostles, and evangelists—were given wisdom. But blessed John was certainly holier than all other preachers and ...

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Chapter Two

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pp. 35-48

The first task of my argument and commentary is completed. My next aim must be to describe the exhortations addressed to the churches. The first enjoins him to write to the church in Ephesus as presiding over the rest of Asia, saying thus: ...

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Chapter Three

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pp. 49-63

I have described in the second chapter all the prophecies that he has decreed to be sent round to the six cities, to the churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia. Now this is what must be written to Laodicea: ...

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Chapter Four

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pp. 64-78

So then when all of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth had been unable to find a way to open the scroll1 or to look upon it, as the previous visions showed, only Christ, the Son of God, who on our account has been born like us while remaining what he was, took the scroll. ...

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Chapter Five

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pp. 79-94

The events which the account described were shown to the blessed evangelist concerning those of the blood of Israel who had been sealed and were therefore saved, and who later also became believers. But in order that there should not be anything deficient in the Revelation, the divine ...

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Chapter Six

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pp. 95-109

In the present chapter blessed John continues to explain to us the events after the sixth angel had blown his trumpet, all of which I have not discussed fully in a single chapter, as I saw the fifth chapter being lengthily prolonged. What other event does he write about? ...

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Chapter Seven

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pp. 110-122

After partly completing the vision of our universal lady, the holy ever-virgin Mary, Mother of God, he proceeds to give us another vision, saying, ...

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Chapter Eight

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pp. 123-139

After many digressions and after reverting from these starting points to previous beginnings, he came to the serious business. This was to explain to us the facts about the impious and abominable Antichrist. So it is he who is now brought into the forefront; see what he says about him: ...

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Chapter Nine

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pp. 140-154

The three bowls poured out by the three angels accomplished what I have already described. We must now consider what the fourth and fifth have done. ...

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Chapter Ten

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pp. 155-170

The account in the Revelation is still concerned with Rome. In describing her very great and dramatic change the account continues to dwell on it. So what does it say? ...

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Chapter Eleven

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pp. 171-188

... 3. The previous chapter had said that after the vision had once made mention of the Devil, in order to retain some continuity in the account, it went on to describe not only what the Devil will suffer at the end of the present age, but also his spiritual sufferings in the time of the Lord’s incarnation. The vision continues ...

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Chapter Twelve

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pp. 189-203

The blessed evangelist’s account continues with the holy, heavenly Jerusalem, describing its size, measurement, decoration, and the rest of its situation. He says, ...


Index of Proper Names

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pp. 207-210

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 211-216

E-ISBN-13: 9780813216355
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813201122

Page Count: 228
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation