RICHARD A. NORRIS
Title: The Church's Bible: The Song of Songs, Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing Co October 2003
0802825796 / 9780802825797
Seller ID: 20081218151442
Comparable to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scriptureseries, only more comprehensive, The Church's Bible is publisher William B. Eerdmans's prodigious effort at compiling and assembling patristic and medieval commentary on the entirety of Christian scripture. Each book begins with an informative essay on scriptural exegesis according to Church tradition, then proceeds to present passages of scripture line by line from both the Hebrew Septuagint and Latin Vulgate, followed by brief introductory remarks by the translator and editor. But the meat of these volumes is the texts themselves. Considerably longer than the selections in the ACCS series, the sources gathered here are drawn not only from devotional, homiletical and theological works, but also directly from ancient commentaries themselves. The present volume includes sizable excerpts from Origen's Commentary on the Song of Songs, Gregory of Nyssa's Homilies on the Song and Bernard of Clairvaux's sermons on the Song as well as the voices of Augustine, Ambrose of Milan, Cyril of Alexandria, Bede the Venerable, William of St. Thierry and Gregory the Great. In addition, editor Richard Norris offers fresh translations of the Septuagint and Vulgate texts as well as the original sources themselves, making this volume (the first, and only one currently available) a masterful beginning to this highly acclaimed and much anticipated series. 325 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
The Song of Songs, traditionally attributed to Solomon, is a collection of lyrics that celebrate in earthly terms the love of a bridegroom and a bride. Throughout the course of early Christian history, the Song of Songs was widely read as an allegory of the love of Christ both for the church and for its individual members. In reading the Song this way, Christians were following in the steps of Jewish exegetes who saw the Song as celebrating the love of God for Israel.In The Song of Songs, the inaugural volume of The Church's Bible, Richard A. Norris Jr. uses commentaries and sermons from the church's first millennium to illustrate the original Christian understanding of Solomon's beautiful poem. In recent times, the Song of Songs has been more a focus of literary than of religious interest, but Norris's work shows that for early Christians, this text was counted, with the Psalms and the Gospels, among those Scriptures that touched most deeply on the believer's relation to God.All in all, Norris's Song of Songs is a masterful work that aptly acquaints contemporary readers with the church's traditional way of discerning in this text a guide to the character of Christian belief and life. This volume -- and the entire Church's Bible series -- will be welcomed by preachers, teachers, students, and general readers alike.