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T. C. Schmidt

T.C. Schmidt (PhD, Yale University) is Visiting Assisting Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Fairfield University. His research interests include manuscript studies, eschatological thought, and the formation of the New Testament. Schmidt has published the following volumes: Hippolytus of Rome: Commentary on Daniel and ‘Chronicon’ (Gorgias Press, 2017); Revelation 1-3 in Christian Arabic Commentary (Fordham, 2019, with Stephen Davis and Shawqi Talia); and The Book of Revelation and its Eastern Commentators: Making the New Testament in the Early Christian World, (Cambridge, 2021). He is co-publishing a forthcoming volume with Francis X. Gumerlock and Mark DelCogliano, Cassiodorus, Gregory the Great, and Greek Scholia: Writings on the Apocalypse (CUA Press, 2022).

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Commentary on Daniel

Commentary on Daniel
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4278-7
Ishoʿdad of Merv’s (fl. 850 AD) Commentary on Daniel provides an important witness to East Syriac exegetical technique. In it Ishoʿdad typically emphasizes an historical reading of the Old Testament above any kind of allegorical, spiritual, or even Christological interpretation. Most notable is Ishoʿdad’s belief that the Maccabees fulfilled several of the visions described in the book of Daniel, even including the Heavenly Kingdom of Daniel chapters 2, 7, and 8, and the physical resurrection of Daniel 12. These interpretations dramatically depart from most eastern and western commentators who considered Daniel’s visions to portend the rise of the Roman Empire and the advent of Christ. Ishoʿdad’s commentary is translated here into English for the first time.

Hippolytus of Rome

Commentary on Daniel and 'Chronicon'
By T. C. Schmidt; Contribution by Nick Nicholas
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0658-1
This volume contains an English translation and introduction to Hippolytus of Rome's Commentary on Daniel and his Chronicon. Both works are the first writings of their kind. The commentary is the earliest extant Christian commentary on a book of the Bible and the Chronicon is the first extant Christian historical work.