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Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) [Hardcover]

By Peter Gorday (Editor) & Thomas C. Oden (Editor)
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Pages   346
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.33" Width: 7.39" Height: 1.37"
Weight:   2.09 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 12, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830814949  
EAN  9780830814947  

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New to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. This unique series makes accessible to contemporary readers key writings of the early church fathers, with the verse-by-verse comments of Augustine, Jerome, Pelagius, and others---some appearing here in English translation for the first time.

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A 2001 Christianity Today Book of the Year While patristic commentary on St. Paul's shorter letters--Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastorals and Philemon--was not so extensive as that on his longer letters, certain passages in these letters proved particularly important in doctrinal disputes and practical church matters. Pivotal in controversies with the Arians and the Gnostics, the most commented-upon christological text amid these letters was Colossians 1:15-20, where Jesus is declared "the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." In other texts scattered throughout the Pastorals, the fathers found ample support for the divinity of the Son and the Spirit and for the full union of humanity and divinity in the one redeemer, the "one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). These early Christian commentators also looked to the Pastorals, where Pauline authorship was assumed, for important ethical and moral teaching, as well as explicit qualifications for choosing church leaders and guidelines for overseeing the work and behavior of widows. Chief among the Eastern commentators and widely excerpted throughout this volume is John Chrysostom, praised for his pastoral insight and shrewd, generous empathy with the apostle Paul. Other Greek commentators whose works are cited include Theodoret of Cyr, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Severian of Gabala, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Athanasius, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus and Gregory of Nyssa. Among Western commentators Augustine dominates. His work is joined by that of Ambrosiaster, Pelagius, Jerome, Hippolytus, Tertullian, Novatian, Cyprian of Carthage, Hilary of Poitiers and Ambrose, among others. Of particular interest for their ascetical and devotional insight are works from Syrian and Egyptian churches, including Aphrahat, Ephrem the Syrian, Isaac of Nineveh and Philoxenus of Mabbug. This volume opens up a treasure house of ancient wisdom that allows these faithful witnesses, some appearing here in English translation for the first time, to speak with eloquence and intellectual acumen to the church today.

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Very good commentary  Mar 2, 2005
For those who desire to learn what the ancient Church believed, this commentary is for you. Whether a lay person or scholar, it is wonderful in seeing what the early Church believed, what united them, and some of thier disagreements. You can also check the dates of the fathers listed to see when they wrote these things. This is especially helpful when seeing a disagreement about certain passages. You can see what was held earlier and when the departure took place, etc. Highly recommended for all Christian libraries. Just a side note. Those who like higher criticism may not like these commentaries because the early fathers were not higher critics. Higher criticism does not come about until the 19th and 20th centuries based upon evolutionary presuppositions. With this in mind, I think that a higher critic who reads these may not agree with the teachings of the fathers, but should appreciate what they wrote based upon their historical and literal presuppositions that the Bible is the very word of God.
What Christians REALLY Think  May 23, 2000
This series is probably the best commentary on Scripture in print, ever! This is not a commentary by some johnny-come-lately, nor a revisionist approach to Christianity. This is the best synthesis of how the early Christians understood not only Scripture, but Christianity itself. Whether one is Catholic or Protestant, all the doctrinal issues of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation are moot. Here, every early Christian who reflected on the Sacred Word has a say. What one discovers (if it weren't already self-evident) is that Scripture itself is a pluralistic undertaking. The idea of using Scripture as a two-edged sword is joyfully not to be found. A plurality of meanings comes alive, all of which are viable, some more meaningful "now" perhaps than "later," but ever open to further insight and understanding. Those who want a book to support their pre-understanding will not enjoy this book or this series. Rather, those who have come to understand that Scripture is a tool of the Church and a gift of the Holy Spirit, ever alive and anew to each and every age, will find nuances and ideas never thought before. It doesn't invalidate one's predisposition; it just opens the Holy Book to the immensity within it and outside of it. Therefore, it is for "spiritual" people, not for "dogmatic" people. Oh, there's plenty of "orthodoxy" in these pages, but the truth is seen symphonically, not as a solo instrument. Any Christian who ever hoped that an ancient commentary and lectio divina could come together, and haven't found it: Look no farther. This is it!

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