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The History of Israel Volume . 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ... and not to forget at home what they hear in the church from tho presbyters, returns again to the coming judgment (cpp. 17, 18), states the object of his ' homily'--their salvation and that of its reader by repentance (cap. 10), and finally exhorts them not to bo disturbed at the prosperity of the wicked and the straits of the servants of God (cap. 20), comp. 2 Pet. ii. 8 sq. 'epistle' has therefore a certain similarity with the Second Epistle of Peter,1 but, unlike this book, is written in a very simple style, and evidently by a Heathen Christian. As one of the earliest evidences of the great enthusiasm which genuine Christianity enkindled amongst the noblest of the Heathen, it has a certain similarity also with the Epistle to Diognetus, only that, unlike the latter, it was addressed to ' brethren, ' and not to Heathen.2 The Proverbs of Xystus. But Christian literature reached during the course of this period a wider and freer range in the work of a Roman bishop, which we are now in a position to estimate more correctly. We refer to Xystus, or, as the Romans liked to Latinise the name, Sixtus (Sextus), the third successor of Clement as bishop of the Roman church, according to early tradition, and therefore the sixth in the line of Roman bishops, who was called to be the head of that church soon after Hadrian's accession, and remained in the office ten years.3 As is the case with all the early Roman bishops except Clement, we now know no details of the life and history of this Xystus; but his book of Select Sayings (in Greek Eclogw) supplies us with the plainest evidences of his being a very distinguished Christian thinker. The design of this book is to present, as established doctrine and as precepts for the various relations of life, a general Christian vi.. Hide synopsis

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