Manlio Simonetti, Marco Conti, Thomas C. Oden
InterVarsity Press, May 15, 2006 - Religion - 253 pages
The book of Job presents its readers with a profound drama concerning innocent suffering. Such honest, forthright wrestling with evil and the silence of God has intrigued a wide range of readers, both religious and nonreligious. Surprisingly, the earliest fathers showed little interest in the book of Job. Not until Origen in the early third century is there much evidence of any systematic treatment of the book, and most of Origen's treatment is known to us only from the catenae. More intense interest came at the end of the fourth century and the beginning of the fifth. The excerpts in this collection focus on systematic treatment. Among Greek texts are those from Origen, Didymus the Blind, Julian the Arian, John Chrysostom, Hesychius of Jerusalem and Olympiodorus. Among Latin sources we find Julian of Eclanum, Philip the Priest and Gregory the Great. Among Syriac sources we find Ephrem the Syrian and Isho‘dad of Merv, some of whose work is made available here for the first time in English. In store for readers of this volume is once again a great feast of wisdom from the ancient resources of the church.
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A compilation of comments made on the text of the Twelve Prophets or referencing the Twelve Prophets by early Christian authors. As could be expected most of the comments made involve Messianic passages and those to which direct association could be made with later ministration. Much of most of the books are passed over in relative silence; nevertheless, the comments provided, if nothing else, provides part of the history of interpretation of the Twelve Prophets within early Christianity.