1-2 Corinthians / Revised - eBook
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Paul's Letters to the Corinthian Church have left a mark on Christian Scripture in a way that could never have been predicted. Here the pastoral issues of a first century Christian community in what identified as "still the first city in Greece" stand out in bold relief.

How was a community shaped by the cross to find its expression in a city that Chrysostom knew to be full of orators and philosophers" and that "prided itself above all on its wealth"? How was church unity to be maintained in a setting where predominate believers, bending truth and morality to their own advantage, divided the body of Christ? Here lay the challenge for the apostle Paul. And as the apostle writes, the fathers lean over his shoulder, marveling and commenting on his pastoral wisdom.

Best known among the patristic commentators is Chrysostom, whose twenty-seven homilies on the two Corinthian Epistles are a treasury of exposition and application. The fragmentary works of Didymus the Blind and Severian of Gabala give us samples of Greek exegesis from the Alexandrian and Antiochene schools.

The partial work of Theodore of Mopsuestia, a commentator of great skill and insight was long valued in the church. And the comments of Theodoret of Cyr are notable for their sensitivity to the intertextuality of Scripture. Then there are Origen and Pelagius, whose names resonate with notable error to the needless obscuring of their brilliant insights into Scripture.

But pride of place goes to the unknown forth-century commentator long mistaken for Ambrose and now dubbed Ambrosiaster. His excellent commentary on 1&2 Corinthians has been unavailable in English translation, and for that reason his commentary is excerpted more generously in this volume.

This Ancient Christian Commentaryon 1-2 Corinthians opens a whole new way of reading these New Testament texts. The pastoral and theological interpretation of the fathers offers spiritual and intellectual sustenance to those who would read Paul again with open minds and hearts. Here we find the Pauline wisdom of the cross generating an effective heritage of Christian interpretation.

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Title: 1-2 Corinthians / Revised - eBook
By: Gerald Bray, ed.
Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN-13: 9780830897490
Series: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
Stock No: WW89071EB

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In Paul's letters to the Corinthian church, the pastoral issues of a first-century Christian community stand out in bold relief. And as the apostle responds to these challenges, the fathers lean over his shoulder, marveling and commenting on his pastoral wisdom. Best known among these patristic commentators is Chrysostom, whose seventy-seven homilies on the two Corinthian epistles are a treasury of exposition and application. The fragmentary works of Didymus the Blind and Severian of Gabala give us samples of Greek exegesis from the Alexandrian and Antiochene schools. The partial work of Theodore of Mopsuestia was long valued in the church, and the comments of Theodoret of Cyr are notable for their sensitivity to the intertextuality of Scripture. Then there are Origen and Pelagius, whose notable errors need not obscure their brilliant insights into Scripture. But pride of place in this volume goes to the unknown fourth-century commentator now dubbed Ambrosiaster. His excellent commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians was previously unavailable in English translation. This Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture volume opens a whole new way of reading these New Testament texts. The pastoral and theological interpretation of the fathers offers spiritual and intellectual sustenance to those who would read Paul again with open minds and hearts.

Author Bio

Gerald L. Bray (PhD, La Sorbonne) is a professor at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and director of research at Latimer Trust. He has written and edited a number of books on different theological subjects, including in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, , and . A priest of the Church of England, Bray has also edited the post-Reformation Anglican canons. Thomas C. Oden (19312016) was a pioneering theologian and served as the architect and general editor for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. He was also the general editor of the Ancient Christian Doctrine series and the Ancient Christian Devotional series, as well as a consulting editor for the . A prolific writer and seasoned teacher, Oden also served as the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and was active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church.

Editorial Reviews

"This volume continues the valuable exploration of patristic interpretation." -- Mark Bilby, Religious Studies Review, September 2009

"A 'must' for all theological libraries." -- International Review of Biblical Studies, Vol. 55, 2008-2009

"A wealth of information for the classic Bible scholar." -- Ravonne A. Green, American Reference Books Annual, 2006, Volume 37

"Contemporary Christians would do well to draw the hermeneutical circle broadly enough to include not only cross-cultural voices from around the world but also the voices to be found in the Ancient Christian Commentary series. This is an excellent sermon-preparation resource for pastors." -- Christian Century, May 2, 2006

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