Maurus Magnentius Rabanus
(On Matthew 24:2)
"The historical sense is clear, that in the forty-second year after the Lord's passion, the city and temple were overthrown under the Roman Emperors Vespasian and Titus." (Matthew 24:2,
Golden Chain - Matthew 24)
(On Matthew 24:6)
"Or, this is a warning to the Apostles not to flee from Jerusalem and Judaea in terror of these things, when they should begin to come upon them; because the end was not immediately, but the desolation of the province, and the destruction of the city and temple should not come till the fortieth year. And we know that most grievous woes, [p. 804] which spread over the whole province, fell out to the very letter." (in loc.,
(On Matthew 24:9)
"For what desert so many evils are to be brought [p. 806] upon Jerusalem, and the whole Jewish province the Lord shews, when He adds, "Then shall they deliver you up, &c." (in loc.,
RABANUS MAURUS, often called, from the Latin name of his archiepiscopal
city, Moguntinus, was born at Fulda, in 788. After being educated for some
time in the monastery of Fulda, he was sent to Tours, to study under Alcuin.
Here he made great proficiency in learning, and laid the foundation of that
fame which was soon to rival the fame of his master. Having returned to
Fulda, he was elected abbot of the monastery there ; and, finally, was made
Archbishop of Mayence, in 847. He continued to govern that see with
great zeal and prudence, until his death. He composed a great number of
works, both on profane and on sacred subjects.
Among the latter, are his commentaries on several of the books of the Old
Testament, and on the gospel of St. Matthew, and the epistles of St. Paul.
These commentaries are almost all collected from the ancient interpreters,
but interspersed here and there with mystical interpretations of his own.
He has also left us one hundred and fifty-two homilies on the epistles and
gospels of several of the Sundays and festivals of the year. The works of
Rubanus were published at Cologne, in 1627, in six tomes, folio. " (A
General Introduction to the Sacred Scriptures)
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