1-2 Corinthians (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) by Gerald L. Bray

By Gerald L. Bray

Paul's letters to the Corinthian church have left a mark on Christian Scripture in a fashion which could by no means were expected. right here the pastoral problems with a first-century Christian group in what Chrysostom pointed out as "still the 1st urban in Greece" stand out in daring aid. How used to be a neighborhood formed through the go to discover its expression in a urban that Chrysostom knew to be "full of orators and philosophers" and that "prided itself . . . particularly on its nice wealth"? How used to be church cohesion to be maintained in a atmosphere the place famous believers, bending fact and morality to their very own virtue, divided the physique of Christ? right here lay the problem for the apostle Paul. and because the apostle writes, the fathers lean over his shoulder, marveling and commenting on his pastoral wisdom.

Best recognized between those patristic commentators is Chrysostom, whose seventy-seven homilies at the Corinthian epistles are a treasury of exposition and alertness. The fragmentary works of Didymus the Blind and Severian of Gabala supply us samples of Greek exegesis from the Alexandrian and Antiochene colleges. The partial paintings of Theodore of Mopsuestia, a commentator of significant ability and perception, used to be lengthy valued within the church. And the reviews of Theodoret of Cyrus are striking for his or her sensitivity to the intertextuality of Scripture. Then there are Origen and Pelagius, whose names resonate with amazing errors, to the useless obscuring in their exceptional insights into Scripture. yet satisfaction of position is going to the unknown fourth-century commentator lengthy fallacious for Ambrose and now dubbed "Ambrosiaster." His very good statement on 1 and a couple of Corinthians has been unavailable in English translation, and therefore it truly is excerpted extra generously during this volume.

This historic Christian observation on 1-2 Corinthians opens an entire new means of interpreting those New testomony texts. The pastoral and theological interpretation of the fathers deals non secular and highbrow sustenance to those that could learn Paul back with open minds and hearts. the following we discover the Pauline knowledge of the go producing a good history of Christian interpretation.

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