Aratus apud Hippolytus

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A lost work expounding Aratus apud Hippolytus (AD 170-236), Refutation of All Heresies, IV. xlvii-xlviii: — In this section of his anti-heretical treatise Hippolytus summarizes a work, now lost, which claimed to expound the real meaning of the writings of Aratus (3rd century BC), that is, of Aratus’ Phainomena (“Visible Things”) and Diosemia (“The Divine Signs”). According to this lost work, Aratus identified the constellations described in his astrological writings with figures in the Old Testament Scriptures. Its anonymous author is indicated by the words “he [that is, the author of the work] says” in Hippolytus’ summary, usually as an interpretation of the meaning of Aratus himself. Aratus was a native of Tarsus, home of the Apostle Paul, and his work was known to, and, indeed, read and used by the Apostle, as he quoted from it in his message to the elders of Athens on Mars’ Hill (Acts 19. 28): “For in Him [God, the Word] we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” This is the lost work as summarized by Hippolytus in the original Greek.

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