Genesis 12-5; Vol 2: The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Hardback

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Genesis 12-5; Vol 2: The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture

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  • Looking for a historically-focused commentary?
  • This look at Genesis 12-50 explores moral lessons and ancient narratives
  • You'll gain a deeper understanding of the stories of Genesis
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-century Catena on Genesis provides 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.

Genesis 12-5; Vol 2: The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture by Mark Sheridan;Thomas C Oden was published by Intervarsity Press in January 2009 and is our 37309th best seller. The ISBN for Genesis 12-5; Vol 2: The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is 9780830814725.

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Contents

General Introduction
A Guide to Using This Commentary
Abbreviations
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

Endorsements

"All who are interested in the interpretation of the Bible will welcome the forthcoming multivolume series Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Here the insights of scores of early church fathers will be assembled and made readily available for significant passages throughout the Bible and the Apocrypha. It is hard to think of a more worthy ecumenical project to be undertaken by InterVarsity Press."

Bruce M. Metzger, professor emeritus of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

"For those who think that church history began around 1941, when their pastor was born, this commentary will be a great surprise. Christians throughout the centuries have read the biblical text and nursed their spirits with it and then applied it to their lives. These commentaries reflect that the witness of the Holy Spirit was present in his church throughout the centuries. As a result, we can profit by allowing the ancient Christians to speak to us today."

Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"There is no shortage of new books on the market and it may be a surprise to some to see IVP producing the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series. But, bearing in mind C. S. Lewis's admonition, 'It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between,' this series will fill a great need that many of us may not even be aware of--the need to read those who have gone before us."

D. Stuart Briscoe

"We speak abstractly in scholarly circles of the need to transcend looking at Christianity through the spectrum of modern presuppositions. This series, based on the commentaries of early Christians, gives us a concrete way to do this. It's a great idea."

Don S. Browning, Alexander Campbell Professor of Ethics and Social Sciences, The Divinity School, University of Chicago

"The Scriptures have been read with love and attention for nearly two thousand years, and listening to the voice of believers from previous centuries opens us to unexpected insight and deepened faith. Those who studied Scripture in the centuries closest to its writing, the centuries during and following persecution and martyrdom, speak with particular authority. The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture will bring to life the truth that we are invisibly surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses."

Frederica Mathewes-Green, commentator, National Public Radio
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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherIntervarsity Press (January 2009)
EditorMark Sheridan;Thomas C. Oden
Weight1007g
Number of Pages432
Thickness37 mm
Height260 mm
Width188 mm
ISBN9780830814725
ISBN-100830814728
Product Code3150
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