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Λoγoσ Aγωniσtikoσ: Hippolytus' Commentary on Daniel

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From around the year 204 CE comes from a very interesting exegetical work written by Hippolytus of Rome, it constitutes one of the earliest, if not the earliest, commentaries on a biblical book composed by an ancient ecclesiastical author. Hippolytus' Commentary on Daniel offers a kind of exegesis which has similarities to that which John Chrysostom, speaking two centuries later of some of his own exegesis. This chapter enumerates a few characteristic examples which are indicative of Hippolytus' method of using and presenting the Scripture as an indispensable weapon in any faith-related αγων. The polemical character of Hippolytus' exegesis is displayed fully in his dealing with the problem of the conflict between the state and believers in matters of religious faith and practice. Hippolytus introduces a statement which presents an intriguing comparison between the nation of the faithful Christians created by Christ and the kingdom of the Romans.

Keywords: Hippolytus; Daniel; exegesis; Romans; religious faith



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