Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume I/IRENAEUS/Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus/XLVIII.

Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. I, Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus by Irenaeus, translated by Philip Schaff et al.


As[1] therefore seventy tongues are indicated by number, and from[2] dispersion the tongues are gathered into one by means of their interpretation; so is that ark declared a type of the body of Christ, which is both pure and immaculate. For[3] as that ark was gilded with pure gold both within and without, so also is the body of Christ pure and resplendent, being adorned within by the Word, and shielded on the outside by the Spirit, in order that from both [materials] the splendour of the natures might be exhibited together.


  1. This fragment commences a series derived from the Nitrian Collection of Syriac mss. in the British Museum.
  2. The Syriac text is here corrupt and obscure.
  3. See. No. viii., which is the same as the remainder of this fragment.