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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IRENÆUS: XVIII.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

XVIII.

And this was not without meaning; but that by means of the number of the ten men, 4825 he (Gideon) might appear as having Jesus for a helper, as [is indicated] by the compact entered into with them. And when he did not choose to partake with them in their idol-worship, they threw the blame upon him: for “Jerubbaal” signifies the judgment-seat of Baal.


Footnotes

571:4825

See Judg. vi. 27. It is not very clear how Irenæus makes out this allegory, but it is thought that he refers to the initial letter in the name ᾽Ιησοῦς, which stands for ten in the Greek enumeration. Compare the Epistle of Barnabas, cap. ix. p. 143, of this volume.


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