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Sibylline Oracles

On the early church

The legend of the Sybil is a very old one. After the flood of Noah a type of gentile prophetess, called a Sybil, would be raised up every hundred years or so. Their prophecies would be written down as the Sibylline Oracles. The oldest of these was called the Erythraean Sybil and dates back at least to the 6th century BC, in the Etruscan and early Roman Era. Her teachings match very closely to the Bible. The prophesies concerning the gentile world were accurate. As time went on the Sybils became more and more corrupt in there teaching and history until they were no more. Some of these books were destroyed, partially in a fire in 83 B.C, and others burned by order of the Roman General Flavius Stilicho in 365-408 BC.

The early church fathers quote the Sibylline Oracles, and other history books, to witness to the Pagan Roman world, showing that if they paid close attention to the Sibylline Oracles, they would go back through the corruption and see the Messiah. It worked and Rome was Christianized.

What we have in existence today the Sibylline Oracles, translated by Milton S. Terry [1899].  These most likely contain some of the original Sibylline Oracles but may have corruptions. 

A more accurate study of what the originals really contained would be by using the Sibylline quotes from the church fathers. These are presented below:

Lactantius 285 AD

More to come!!

 

www.biblefacts.org Date: 5-2002