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Oecumenius: Commentary on the Apocalypse
Suggit, John N., translator

Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2006 pp. xii + 216. $34.95

Series Information
The Fathers of the Church, 112


Description: This is the first complete translation in English of Oecumeniusís commentary, which is the first known Greek commentary on the book of Revelation. Written in the sixth century but discovered only at the beginning of the twentieth, it presents a fascinating view of a writer who strove to be faithful to the teaching of the church while at the same time allowing his imagination to make sense of the stories and visions of Revelation. In interpreting the events surrounding the destruction of the wicked he shows sensible pastoral restraint and refuses to be swayed by the dogmatic certainty shown even by some modern interpreters.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by Pieter G. R. de Villiers
Published 12/1/2007
Citation: Pieter G. R. de Villiers, review ofOecumenius: Commentary on the Apocalypse, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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