a commentary 

A City of God 

A new bible translated by Jerome precedes Augustine’s commentary on the Apocalypse in The City of God.  Prior to the Vulgate many believed the Apocalypse did not belong in the bible.  This was settled once and for all by Jerome who had the authority to define the bible.  

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a prophecy 

A Revelation 

A testimony of Jesus Christ.  Blessed is he that readeth.  Augustine read it.  “Why then read it if only to keep silence about it?”  Understanding it is a challenge.  You may not have time for this.  You may not have that much time.  It’s later than you think.  You may need help understanding it.  Ask for it.  

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a bible defined

A Man Named Jerome 

A new translation.  The Vulgate would become the official bible of the Church and it would include the Apocalypse.  At the beginning of the fifth century Jerome was finishing his bible and John Chrysostom was in Ephesus replacing seven bishops.  Augustine didn’t want another bible.  He had words with Jerome.  An interesting time.  

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a bible 

A Vulgate 

a canon that included the Apocalypse.  Before Chrysostom, Jerome, and Augustine, it was not clear if the Apocalypse belonged in the bible.  At the beginning of fifth century these three were major players in the Church and the bible was being defined.  Much of what they wrote exists today unlike what was originally written at Patmos.  –

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understanding 

A Good Thing 

suggested by Augustine.  
“What then, Brothers, shall we keep silence? Why then read it if only to keep silence about it? Or why hear it if it is not to be explained? But also, why explain it if it is not to be understood?”

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