JOHN R. FRANKE, THOMAS C. ODEN
Title: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Old Testament, Volume IV)
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Intervarsity Press October 2005
0830814744 / 9780830814749
Seller ID: 20100726175296
In the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
series, computer technology meets millennia-old pre-critical biblical exegesis, resulting in a welcome contribution to the understanding and interpretation of Holy Scripture. With the possibility of quickly searching the massive corpus of Greek, Latin, and Syriac patristic texts, a real advance is reflected in the pages of these commentaries for comparing and noticing consensus among the Fathers on issues of scriptural exegesis. The format is user-friendly: the English text of Scripture is followed by a selection of commentary drawn from writings of the Fathers, from Clement of Rome to John of Damascus. Contributors to the series from Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox biblical scholarship include Christopher Hall, Marcus Bockmuehl, Gerald Bray, George Dragas, Irina Levinskaya, Andrew Louth, Manlio Simonetti, and Benedicta Ward, to name just a few.
An Eighth Day View:
The history of the entry into the Promised Land followed by that of the period of the judges and early monarchy may not appear to readers today as a source for expounding the Christian faith. But the church fathers readily found parallels, or types, in the narrative that illumined the New Testament. An obvious link was the similarity in name between Joshua, Moses' successor, and Jesus--indeed, in Greek both names are identical. Thus Joshua was consistently interpreted as a type of Christ. So too was Samuel. David was recognized as an ancestor of Jesus, and parallels between their two lives were readily explored. And Ruth, in ready fashion, was seen as a type of the church. Among the most important sources for commentary on these books are the homilies of Origen, most of which are known to us through the Latin translations of Rufinus and Jerome. Only two running commentaries exist--one from Gregory of Nazianzus, one of the famous Cappadocian theologians, the other from Bede the Venerable. Another key source for the selections found here derives from question-and-answer format, such as Questions on the Heptateuch from Augustine, Questions on the Octateuch from Theodoret of Cyr and Thirty Questions on 1 Samuel from Bede. The remainder of materials come from a wide variety of occasional and doctrinal writings, which make mention of the biblical texts to support the arguments. Readers will find a rich treasure trove of ancient wisdom, some appearing here for the first time in English translation, that speaks with eloquence and challenging spiritual insight to the church today.