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

Early Church Fathers  Index     

XLI.

This 4884 indicates the persecution against the Church set on foot by the nations who still continue in unbelief. But he (Samson) who suffered those things, trusted that there would be a retaliation against those waging this war. But retaliation through what means? First of all, by his betaking himself to the Rock 4885 not cognizable to the senses; 4886 secondly, by the finding of the jaw-bone of an ass. Now the type of the jaw-bone is the body of Christ.


Footnotes

575:4884

These words were evidently written during a season of persecution in Gaul; but what that persecution was, it is useless to conjecture.

575:4885

Judg. xv. 11.

575:4886

That is, when he fled to the rock Etam, he typified the true believer taking refuge in the spiritual Rock, Christ.


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