Accs OT: Genesis 12-50 (Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture: Old Testament Series)
As in previous volumes within this series, the range of comment contained in this volume spans from the first century to the eighth and from East to West, from Greek and Latin speakers to Syriac. It allows the early church...
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As in previous volumes within this series, the range of comment contained in this volume spans from the first century to the eighth and from East to West, from Greek and Latin speakers to Syriac. It allows the early church fathers, some appearing here in English for the first time, to speak with eloquence and intellectual acumen to the church today. From IVP.
Genesis 12--50 recounts the history of the patriarchs--Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. From their mentors Paul, Peter, Stephen and the author of the letter to the Hebrews, the early fathers learned to draw out the spritual significance of the patriarchal narrative for Christian believers. The Alexandrian school especially followed Paul's allegorical use of the story of Sarah and Hagar as they interpreted the Gensis accounts. The Antiochene school eschewed allegorical interpretation but still set about to find moral lessons in the ancient narrative. For all of them the events pointed toward the promises of the age to come, the new age revealed in the resurrection of Jesus.Among the principal Greek-speaking commentators included within this volume, readers will find Origen, Didymus the Blind, John Chrysostom and Cyril of Alexandria. Among the Latin-speaking interpreters they will find Ambrose of Milan, Augusstine of Hippo, Caesarius of Arles and Bede the Venerable. Ephrem the Syrian is the most commonly cited Syriac-speaking interpreter, while the fifth-centuryCatena on Genesisprovides access to such fathers as Eusebius of Caesarea, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, Didymus of Alexandria, Epiphanius of Salamis, Irenaeus of Lyons, Eusebius of Emesa, Severian of Gabala and Theodore of Mopsuestia among others.Varied in texture and nuance, the interpreters cited provide a wealth of ancient wisdom, some appearing here in English translation for the first time, to stimulate the mind and nourish the soul of the church today.
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- General Introduction
- A Guide To Using This Commentary
- Introduction To Genesis 12--50
- Commentary On Genesis 12--50
- Appendix: Early Christian Wrtiers And The Documents Cited
- Biographical Sketches
- Timeline Of Writers Of The Patristic Period
- Bibliography Of Works In Original Languages
- Bibliography Of Works In English Translations
- Author/writings Index
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index