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St Jerome's Commentary On Daniel

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Scholars regard St Jerome s commentary on Daniel as the most important work of the Church Fathers based on the original Hebrew text. In this chapter of Daniel , the author describes the four empires using the figures of four different animals: the lion, the bear, the leopard, and a fourth that is not identified with any known animal. Jerome s most important contribution regarding the question of historical periodization, in addition to his identification of the four empires, is probably the one connected with how he reads the Hebrew interpretation of Daniel s 70 weeks. In a word, Jerome s commentary on Daniel shows how Christian exegesis regarded the text, and at the same time how it was important for the support of the eschatological hopes of the end of the 3rd century and the beginning of the 4th century.

Keywords: Daniel; Hebrew text; Rome; St Jerome s commentary



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