Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ο Ανδρέας Καισαρείας
(αρχές 7ου αιώνα)
& η ερμηνεία των "εφτά βασιλιάδων"
του Αποκάλυψη 17:9 /

Andreas of Caesarea
(early 7th century)
& the interpretation of the 'seven kings'
of Revelation 17:9


9ὧδε ὁ νοῦς ὁ ἔχων σοφίαν. Αἱ ἑπτὰ κεφαλαὶ ἑπτὰ ὄρη εἰσίν, ὅπου ἡ γυνὴ κάθηται ἐπ’ αὐτῶν. καὶ βασιλεῖς ἑπτά εἰσιν· 10οἱ πέντε ἔπεσαν, ὁ εἷς ἔστιν, ὁ ἄλλος οὔπω ἦλθεν, καὶ ὅταν ἔλθῃ ὀλίγον αὐτὸν δεῖ μεῖναι. 11καὶ τὸ θηρίον ὃ ἦν καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν καὶ αὐτὸς ὄγδοός ἐστιν καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἑπτά ἐστιν, καὶ εἰς ἀπώλειαν ὑπάγει.

Αποκάλυψη / Revelation 17:9-11

Josef Schmid,
Der Apokalypse-Kommentar des Andreas von Kaisareia,
Karl Zink Verlag Munchen, 1955,
p./σ. 186.

The seventh "king" or âge, had not yet come at the time of the Apocalypse, nor at the time of Hippolytus, but Andrew believes himself to be living in that âge. He is about to explain why the earth did not end when it had completed 6,000 years, as Hippolytus believed it would. Andrew has concluded that the year 6,000 is the beginning of the seventh âge, the final "day," which Hippolytus had conceived of as the afterlife. Andrew sees this verse as indicating yet another earthly âge beyond the sixth, but it will probably not last very long since "it must remain a little while." Andrew does not accept Hippolytus' interprétation of the "kings" as periods of one thousand years but instead believes they represent a succession of kingdoms, each of which had world-wide domination, with each individual king representing the entire period of domination of that kingdom. Hippolytus lived in the sixth âge, because he lived prior to Constantine, who inaugurated the seventh kingdom and the reign of "Christ-loving kings."

Οι "βασιλιάδες" [...] αντιπροσωπεύουν τη διαδοχή βασιλείων, καθένα από τα οποία είχε παγκόσμια κυριαρχία, με καθένα βασιλιά να αντιπροσωπεύει ολόκληρη την περίοδο της κυριαρχίας του εκάστοτε βασιλείου.

* Presvytera Eugenia Constantinou,
Andrew of Caesarea and the Apocalypse
in the Ancient Church of the East:
Studies and Translation

[Ο Ανδρέας Καισαρείας και η Αποκάλυψη
στην Αρχαία Εκκλησία της Ανατολής:
Μελέτες και Μετάφραση
2008, PhD at Université Laval.

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