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The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, vol. 1, Page 7

The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Volume 1

Picture 1: TRANSMITING THE LUMINOUS TORCH OF PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION
This Flaming Torch, Passed From Hand to Outstretched Hand Across the Centuries, Has, When Held Aloft, Changed the Darksome Path of History Into the Lighted Way. From the Hands of Daniel the Prophet and John the Seer, Prophetic Interpretation Has Been Transmitted From Early Churchmen, Like Hippolytus, on to Stalwarts of the Middle Ages, Like Joachim and Wyclif, Then to Luther and Knox of Reformation Times, and Newton and Wesley of Later Days, and Has Now Been Passed to Hands of Responsive Men Today.
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The
PROPHETIC FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
The Historical Development of Prophetic Interpretation
by LEROY EDWIN FROOM

VOLUME I
Early Church Exposition, Subsequent Deflections, and Medieval Revival

REVIEW AND HERALD
WASHINGTON, D.C.

To all Students of Bible Prophecy, Who Desire to Trace the Luminous Torch of Prophetic Interpretation in Its Transmission From Hand to Hand Through the Centuries, and to Watch the Course of Advancing and Increasing Light That Guided the Feet of Our Spiritual Forefathers in the Early Church, and in Medieval Times, This Volume Is Sincerely Dedicated

Copyright 1950, Review and Herald Publishing Association

[Copyright transferred from Review and Herald Publishing Association to Fenton Froom.
CD-ROM release: Used by permission, LeRoy Edwin Froom heirs]

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Table of Contents

[CD-ROM Editor’s Note: The original “Table of Contents” is located on pages 5-6]

1. INTRODUCTION: From the Author to the Reader9
2. CHAPTER ONE: The Scope and Purpose of Inspired Prophecy17
3. CHAPTER TWO: The Book of Daniel and the Old Testament Canon35
4. CHAPTER THREE: The Relationship of Daniel to the Apocrypha67
5. CHAPTER FOUR: The Book of Revelation and the New Testament Canon86
6. CHAPTER FIVE: Foundation Laid in the Old Testament110
7. CHAPTER SIX: Prophetic Peak Reached in Apostolic Age135
8. CHAPTER SEVEN: Pre-Christian Interpretations of Daniel167
9. CHAPTER EIGHT: The Bridge to the Christian Era181
10. CHAPTER NINE: Second-Century Witness of Apostolic Fathers205
11. CHAPTER TEN: The Period of the Apologists219
12. CHAPTER ELEVEN: Irenaeus of Gaul and Tertullian of Africa241
13. CHAPTER TWELVE: Hippolytus and Julius Africanus268
14. CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Non-Christian Influences on Christian Interpretation283
15. CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Attacks on the Advent Hope and on Prophecy309
16. CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Cyprian, Victorinus, and Methodius331
17. CHAPTER SIXTEEN: The Transition Hour of the Church348
18. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Post-Nicene Reversal on Prophetic Interpretation373
19. CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: Varying Voices in Different Places401
20. CHAPTER NINETEEN: Heralds of the New Fulfillment433
21. CHAPTER TWENTY: Revolutionary Concept of the Millennium Introduced465
22. CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: Gradual Emergence of the Papal Power492
23. CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: Antichristian Principle Denounced by Churchmen518
24. CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE: Gradual Reversal of Tichonius Tradition544
25. CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: Antichrist Colors Medieval Thinking569
26. CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: British Expositors Exhibit Greater Independence595
27. CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX: Two Movements That Strengthen the Papal Power628
28. CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN: THE Summit of Papal Power Attained664
29. CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT: Joachim of Floris New Interpretation682
30. CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE: Strange Teachings Among the Joachimites and Spirituals717
31. CHAPTER THIRTY: Villanova-A Physician’s Contribution743
32. CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE: The Second Generation of Spirituals763
33. CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO: Antichrist a System, Not an Individual786
34. CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE: Heresies and Evangelical Reform Movements807
35. CHAPTER THIRTY FOUR: Ancient Roots of the Waldenses of Italy829
36. CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE: Waldensian Defiance of Rome860
37. CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX: Summing Up the Evidence of Volume I887
Acknowledgments911
Appendices915
Bibliography953

Abbreviations

In the footnote references certain large collections of source materials have been abbreviated as follows:

ANF,The Ante-Nicene Fathers.
MBVP,Maxima Bibliotheca Veterum Patrum.
MGH,Monumenta Gerrnaniae Historica.
NPNF,A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.
PG,Patrologia Graeca (Migne).
PL,Patrologia Latina (Migne).

Illustrations and Charts

TRANSMITTING THE LUMINOUS TORCH OF PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION2
PROPHETIC PORTRAYALS AS RECOGNIZABLE AS RUSHMORE FIGURES22
THE GREAT PROPHETIC DRAMA IN THREE MAJOR ACTS38
INSPIRATION’S ANIMATED CARTOONS OF THE NATIONS46
NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S BABYLON: ARTIST’S RECONSTRUCTION BASED ON ACTUAL REMAINS48
EXAMPLES OF COMPOSITE BEASTS FAMILIAR TO THE BABYLONIANS50
THE LION AND ITS ADAPTATION IN BABYLONIAN ART52
APPROXIMATE TIMING OF OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS SYNCHRONIZED WITH SUCCESSIVE WORLD POWERS (CHART)58, 59
COMPARATIVE LISTS OF OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS, SHOWING SEPTUAGINT AND ROMAN CATHOLIC ENLARGEMENTS (CHART)78, 79
PANORAMIC VIEW OF FIRST CENTURY, WITH CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF NEW TESTAMENT WRITINGS (CHART)98, 99
PROPHECIES EMPLOY COMMON NATIONAL SYMBOLS129
GOAT SYMBOL A FAMILIAR FIGURE ON GRECIAN COINS130
THE GRECIAN “GOAT” SMITES THE PERSIAN “RAM”132
THE PALATINE, ONE OF ROME’S SEVEN IDENTIFYING HILLS159
ROMAN COINS REFLECT ROMAN HISTORY160
TEXT OF VATICAN MANUSCRIPT OF Daniel 8:14 READS “2300”179
COLISEUM, SCENE OF EARLY CHRISTIAN MARTYRDOMS218
THE CATACOMBS—SUBTERRANEAN CHAMBERS OF THE CHRISTIAN DEAD228
WHEN ROME RULED AS FOURTH PROPHETIC POWER230
PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION (CHART 1)238, 239
PROPHETIC SYMBOLS FIND COUNTERPARTS ON ROMAN COINS259
HLPPOLYTUS, BISHOP OF PORTUS ROMANUS269
THREE NOTED MOLDERS OF PROPHETIC OPINION327
RUINS AT DIOCLETIAN’S HOME CITY345
BATHS OF DIOCLETIAN AT ROME, POSSIBLY BUILT BY CHRISTIAN SLAVES350
CONSTANTINE PROFOUNDLY CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY360
PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION (CHART 2)370, 371
CONSTANTINE THE GREAT DOMINATES THE FOURTH CENTURY384
CASTING DOWN OF PAGANISM MEMORIALIZED ON ROMAN COINS387
PROPHETIC EXPOSITORS ON FRINGE OF EMPIRE400
JEROME—LAST OF THE EARLY PROPHETIC EXPOSITORS438
EARLY CHURCH PERIOD: LEADING POSITIONS OF PRINCIPAL EXPOSITORS OF DANIEL (CHART)456, 457

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