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:
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, prophesied for four decades under the last five kings of Judah--from 627 to 587 B.C. His mission: a call to repentance. Among the Apostolic Fathers, Jeremiah was rarely cited, but several later authors give prominent attention to him, including Origen, Theodoret of Cyr and Jerome who wrote individual commentaries on Jeremiah and Cyril of Alexandria and Ephrem the Syrian who compiled catenae. Justin and Irenaeus made use of Jeremiah to define Christians over against Jews. Athanasius made use of him in trinitarian debates. Cyril of Jerusalem, Irenaeus, Basil the Great and Clement of Alexandria all drew on Jeremiah for ethical exhortation. Lamentations, as might be expected, quickly became associated with losses and death, notably in Gregory of Nyssa's Funeral Orations on Meletius. By extension the Fathers saw Lamentations as a description of the challenges that face Christians in a fallen world. Readers will find some ancient authors translated into English here for the first time. Throughout they will gain insight and encouragement in the life of faith as seen through ancient pastoral eyes.