Genesis 1-11 (Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture: Old Testament Series)
The rich tapestry of the creation narrative in the early chapters of Genesis proved irresistible to the thoughtful, reflective minds of the church fathers. Within them they found the beginning threads from which to weave a theology of creation, fall...
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The rich tapestry of the creation narrative in the early chapters of Genesis proved irresistible to the thoughtful, reflective minds of the church fathers. Within them they found the beginning threads from which to weave a theology of creation, fall and redemption. Following their mentor, the apostle Paul, they explored the profound significance of Adam as a type of Christ, the second Adam.The six days of creation proved especially attractive among the fathers as a subject for commentary, with Basil the Great and Ambrose producing well-known Hexaemerons. Similarly, Augustine devoted portions of five works to the first chapter of Genesis. As in previous volumes within the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, the range of comment contained in Genesis 1--11 spans from the first century to the eighth, from East to West, and from Greek and Latin speakers to Syriac. Especially helpful in this volume is editor Andrew Louth's supply of Septuagintal alternative readings to the Masoretic text, which are often necessary to understanding the fathers' flow of thought.Genesis 1--11 opens up a treasure house of ancient wisdom--allowing these faithful witnesses, some appearing here in English translation for the first time, to speak with eloquence and intellectual acumen to the church today.
Dr Andrew Louth is Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham, and General Editor (with Gillian Clark) of Oxford Early Christian Studies. He is the author of Denys the Areopagite, St John Damascene tradition and originality in Byzantine theology, Greek east and Latin west the church AD 681-1071 and most recently Love.
Thomas C. Oden (Ph.D., Yale University) recently retired as Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; Ancient Christian Texts and Ancient Christian Doctrine Set and author of numerous theological works, including a three-volume systematic theology
- The Rich Tapestry Of The Creation Narrative In The Early Chapters Of Genesis Proved Irresistible To The Thoughtful, Reflective Minds Of The Church Fathers. Within Them They Found The Beginning Threads From Which To Weave A Theology Of Creation, Fall And Redemption. Following Their Mentor, The Apostle Paul, They Explored The Profound Significance Of Adam As A Type Of Christ, The Second Adam.the Six Days Of Creation Proved Especially Attractive Among The Fathers As A Subject For Commentary, With Basil The Great And Ambrose Producing Well-known <em>hexaemerons.</em> Similarly, Augustine Devoted Portions Of Five Works To The First Chapter Of Genesis. As In Previous Volumes Within The Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture, The Range Of Comment Contained In <em>genesis 1--11</em> Spans From The First Century To The Eighth, From East To West, And From Greek And Latin Speakers To Syriac. Especially Helpful In This Volume Is Editor Andrew Louth's Supply Of Septuagintal Alternative Readings To The Masoretic Text, Which Are Often Necessary To Understanding The Fathers' Flow Of Thought.<em>genesis 1--11</em> Opens Up A Treasure House Of Ancient Wisdom--allowing These Faithful Witnesses, Some Appearing Here In English Translation For The First Time, To Speak With Eloquence And Intellectual Acumen To The Church Today.
- A Guide To Using This Commentary
- Introduction To Genesis 1--11
- Appendix: Early Christian Writers And The Documents Cited
- Biographical Sketches
- Authors/writings Index
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index