ANDREW of Caesarea

ANDREW of Caesarea 6th c.. Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, second half 6th c., wrote a commentary on the Apocalypse shortly after that of Oecumenius, which to our knowledge was the first such commentary written in Greek. Andrew still felt the need to defend the sacred inspiration of the work, which had been contested in various ways in the East, with an appeal to the authority of the ancient fathers. Following contemporary practice, Andrew’s commentary had abundant and at times extensive citations of earlier authors, esp. Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Methodius and Gregory of Nazianzus. He also makes significant use of Oecumenius without naming him, debating his positions more than once; there is no trace in Andrew of the Origenism so present in Oecumenius. Andrew, who maintains the traditional division of world history into seven ages and expects the world to end soon, offers an allegorical reading of the Apocalypse, stressing ecclesiology and eschatology more than did his predecessor.Greek Commentaries on Revelation (Ancient Christian Texts … holidaymapq

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