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Chapter XXIX.—Concerning the Descent to Hades.

The soul22452245    Cf. Ruf., Expos. Symbol. Apost.; Cassian, Contr. Nestor., bk. vi.; Cyril, Catech. 14. when it was deified descended into Hades, in order that, just as the Sun of Righteousness22462246    Mal. iv. 2. rose for those upon the earth, so likewise He might bring light to those who sit under the earth in darkness 73band shadow of death22472247    Is. ix. 2.: in order that just as He brought the message of peace to those upon the earth, and of release to the prisoners, and of sight to the blind22482248    Is. lxi. 1; St. Luke iv. 19., and became to those who believed the Author of everlasting salvation and to those who did not believe a reproach of their unbelief22492249    1 Pet. iii. 19., so He might become the same to those in Hades22502250    Iren., iv. 45; Greg. Naz., Orat. 42.: That every knee should bow to Him, of things in heaven, and things in earth and things under the earth22512251    Phil. ii. 10.. And thus after He had freed those who had been bound for ages, straightway He rose again from the dead, shewing us the way of resurrection.


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