Thursday, October 01, 2009

Andreas of Caesarea on the Woman of Revelation 12

Andreas of Caesarea wrote the earliest complete commentary on the book of Revelation that we have available. I'm very thankful that Eugenia Constantinou has recently provided a complete English translation of this work (copy of that translation available: here). Andreas, following the patristic consensus, refers the woman of Revelation 12 to the church rather than to Mary, the mother of Jesus. (example) This reinforces the point I previously made, namely that the modern Roman Catholic view of Revelation 12 as referring to Mary is not only the result of poor exegesis, but also out of sync with the patristic consensus on the matter (link).


1 comment:

Pilgrimsarbour said...

I recently discovered that Swedenborg saw the woman clothed with the sun in Revelation 12 as representative of his "New Church," which he, by "God's instruction" was to establish.