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For , first , it appears from the evidence of the book itself , ( chap . 1st . 2d . 3d . )
that it was written at a time when the Asiatic Christians had been suffering
persecution , even * See his character , as given by Dupin and by Jortin.Rem .
Eccl . Hist ...
But no traces of such persecution can be discovered in the times of Claudius .
Nero , says the unanimous voice of history , was the first Emperor who
persecuted the Christians , and enacted laws against themt . Claudius , indeed ,
For Dionysius wrote probably before the rage of persecution came on in 250 ,
which pursued him almost to his death , in 264 ; but Origen wrote his last work in
252 , the year before he died : but whether or not Origen lived to see this book of
Two hundred years had now elapsed since it had been published to the world ;
many of the authentic documents which supported its authenticity , had probably
perished in the Dioclesian persecution * ; the prophecies which it contained were
John was , like them , a persecuted sufferer and confessor , in the Island of
Patmos , to which he was banished for his adherence to the faith , and where he
was favoured with this vision I Ver . 10. I was in the Spirit . ] It is in vain to inquire
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The Apocalypse: Or Revelation of Saint John, Translated; With Notes ...
John Chappel Woodhouse
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