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

Early Church Fathers  Index     

XXIII.

“And he mounted upon his ass.” 4834 The ass was the type of the body of Christ, upon whom all men, resting from their labours, are borne as in a chariot. For the Saviour has taken up the burden of our sins. 4835 Now the angel who appeared to Balaam was the Word Himself; and in His hand He held a sword, to indicate the power which He had from above.


Footnotes

572:4834

Num. 22:22, 23.

572:4835

From one of the mss. Stieren would insert ἐν τῷ ἰδίῳ σώματι, in His own body; see 1 Pet. ii. 24.


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