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Hippolytus And The 6000-Year Chronology

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Hippolytus appears to be especially concerned with the relationship between the figure of the antichrist and the events that would lead to the end of time. The Commentary on Daniel , written c.204 A.D., is probably one of the most ancient, if not the oldest, surviving Christian commentaries of a biblical book. Hippolytus seems to follow Revelation s scheme regarding the process of the end of the world. Hippolytus interpretation of the book of Daniel concerning the four empires and the four animals is very similar, if not identical, to the one introduced by Josephus and later followed by the Church Fathers, since he also supported the role of Rome as the last empire. Hippolytus interpretation of Daniel regarding the events of the end allows his readers to think that somehow the Christian expectations regarding the date of the end were changing.

Keywords: Christian commentaries; Daniel; Hippolytus; Rome



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