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Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
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Highlights

  • First full-scale early Christian commentary on Scripture in the last 500 years
  • Created by a team of distinguished international network of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox scholars, editors, and translators
  • Translated 293 ancient authors into English for the first time

Product Details

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS) is unlike anything else in your library. Created to be what could be referred to as the “Christian Talmud,” expert Bible scholars have placed thousands of commentary segments from the early church fathers exactly where they belong connected with Scripture. The scholars involved in this over 20 year project have a heart for the church today and also have deep knowledge of the early church fathers. They've edited, translated, footnoted, and reorganized truly ancient material in a way that is fresh, usable, teachable, and preachable.

Goals of the editors:

  1. The renewal of Christian preaching based on classical Christian exegesis.
  2. The intensified study of Scripture by lay persons who wish to think with the early church about the canonical text.
  3. The stimulation of Christian historical, biblical, theological, and pastoral scholarship toward further inquiry into the Scriptural interpretations of the ancient Christian writers.

The early Christian church fathers, or patristics, were central to the creation of Christian doctrine and the establishment of the church in the first five centuries. During this time period, they humbly sought the revealed truth in the Scriptures. Studying their words has great value today for those who preach and teach.

Hundreds of volumes of pastristic writings have never been translated into English from their Latin and Greek. The editors of the ACCS have sifted through these works, translating the relevant and useful commentary of 293 ancient authors into English for the first time, just for the ACCS. Many of the original authors studied the Bible thoroughly with deep contemplative discernment, comparing text with text. The edtiors have respected this tradition by organizing them in a way to let them reflect on one another. This timeless material offers new lessons from the past and brings fresh inspiration. For example, John 1:1 has 40 commentary entries by different ancient authors.

This work provides an vital link of communication between all of us, whatever denomination, and our ancient ancestors in the faith.

You can read a sample of the book by clicking on the Sample button under the image of the book cover.

About the Series Editor

Thomas C. Oden (PhD, Yale University), is the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the Ancient Christian Doctrine series as well as the author of Classic Christianity, a revision of his three-volume systematic theology. He is the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and he formerly served as the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Oden is active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church and is president of The Institute for Classical Christian Studies. He suggests that Christians need to rely upon the wisdom of the historical Church, particularly the early Church, rather than on modern scholarship and theology and says his mission is "to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity."

Products Included In This Bundle

Accsot1
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Genesis 1-11
Old Testament 1
By: Louth, Andrew
Accsot2
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Genesis 12-50
Old Testament 2
By: Mark Sheridan
Accsot3
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Old Testament 3
By: Joseph T. Lienhard
Accsot4
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel
Old Testament 4
By: John R. Franke
Accsot5
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Old Testament 5
By: Marco Conti
Accsot6
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Job
Old Testament 6
By: Manlio Simonetti and Marco Conti
Accsot7
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Psalms 1-50
Old Testament 7
By: Craig A. Blaising. and Carmen S. Hardin
Accsot8
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Psalms 51-150
Old Testament 8
By: Quentin F. Wesselschmidt
Accsot9
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
Old Testament 9
By: Robert J. Wright
Accsot10
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Isaiah 1-39
Old Testament 10
By: Steven A. McKinion
Accsot11
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Isaiah 40-66
Old Testament 11
By: Mark W. Elliott
Accsot12
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Jeremiah, Lamentations
Old Testament 12
By: Dean O. Wenthe
Accsot13
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Ezekiel, Daniel
Old Testament 13
By: Dean O. Wenthe
Accsot14
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets
Old Testament 14
By: Alberto Ferrerio
Accsot15
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Apocrypha
Old Testament 15
By: Sever J. Voicu
Accsnt1a
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Matthew 1-13
New Testmanet 1a
By: Manlio Simonetti
Accsnt1b
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Matthew 14-28
New Testament 1b
By: Manlio Simonetti
Accsnt2
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Mark
New Testament 2
By: Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall
Accsnt3
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Luke
New Testament 3
By: Arthur Just, Jr.
Accsnt4a
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: John 1-10
New Testament 4a
By: Joel C. Elowsky
Accsnt4b
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: John 11-21
New Testament 4b
By: Joel C. Elowsky
Accsnt5
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Acts
New Testament 5
By: Francis Martin
Accsnt6
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Romans
New Testament 6
By: Gerald L. Bray
Accsnt7
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: 1-2 Corinthians
New Testament 7
By: Gerald L. Bray
Accsnt8
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians
New Testament 8
By: Mark J. Edwards
Accsnt9
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Colossians - Philemon
New Testament 9
By: Peter J. Gorday
Accsnt10
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Hebrews
New Testament 10
By: Erik M. Heen and Philip D. Krey
Accsnt11
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude
New Testament 11
By: Gerald L. Bray
Accsnt12
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Revelation
New Testament 12
By: William C. Weinrich
Accsintrobio
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Introduction
By: Louth, Andrew

Endorsements

For those who think that church history began around A.D. 1941, when their pastor was born, thiscommentary will be a great surprise.Christians throughout the centuries have read the biblical text and nursed their spirits with it and then applied it to their lives. These commentariesreflect that the witness of the Holy Spirit was present in his church throughout the centuries. As a result, we can profit by allowing the ancientChristians to speak to us today.
Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
One of the reasons for the hunger in Protestant hermeneutics is precisely this, that we have missed the correctives of other voices—of other historical periods and cultures. Part of what we are doing when we read Scripture with the fathers is expanding our cultural vision, the metaphors through which we can understand the Scripture text.
Dr. Thomas C. Oden, General Editor, ACCS
Chronological snobbery—the assumption that our ancestors working without benefit of computers have nothing to teach us—is exposed as nonsense by this magnificent new series. Surfeited with knowledge but starved of wisdom, many of us are more than ready to sit at table with our ancestors and listen to their holy conversations on Scripture. I know I am.
Eugene H. Peterson, James Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College
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