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Old 25-10-2015, 06:23 PM   #58
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Lightbulb Sextus Julius Africanus

(c. 160 – c. 240) was a Christian traveller and historian of the late 2nd and early 3rd century AD. He is important chiefly because of his influence on Eusebius, on all the later writers of Church history among the Fathers, and on the whole Greek school of chroniclers. Suidas claims Julius was an "Libyan philosopher", while Gelzer considers him of Roman descent.. Julius called himself a native of Jerusalem – which some scholars consider his birthplace – and lived at the neighbouring Emmaus.. His chronicle indicate his familiarity with the topography of historic Palestine..Julius traveled to Greece and Rome and went to Alexandria to study, attracted by the fame of its catechetical school, possibly about the year 215..He knew Greek (in which language he wrote), Latin, and Hebrew.. He was at one time a soldier and had been a pagan; he wrote all his works as a Christian..Whether Julius Africanus was a layman or a cleric remains controversial...

He wrote a history of the world (Chronographiai, in 5 books) from Creation to the year AD 221, covering, according to his computation, 5723 years.. He calculated the period between Creation and Jesus as 5500 years, placing the Incarnation on the first day of AM 5501 (our modern March 25 1 BC), according to Venance Grumel, La Chronologie (1958).. This method of reckoning led to several Creation eras being used in the Greek Eastern Mediterranean, which all placed Creation within one decade of 5500 BC..Eusebius gives some extracts from his letter to one Aristides, reconciling the apparent discrepancy between Matthew and Luke in the genealogy of Christ by a reference to the Jewish law of Levirate marriage, which compelled a man to marry the widow of his deceased brother, if the latter died without issue.. His terse and pertinent letter to Origen impugning the authority of the part of the Book of Daniel that tells the story of Susanna, and Origen's wordy and uncritical answer, are both extant...'s a small step from prophet to martyr..Can you take it?.Ironic, isn't it?.An archangel needs a monkey to get a vision from God..Are we having a communication problem?..
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