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Ancient Christian Commentary

On Scripture

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Thomas C. Oden recently retired as Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.  

He is general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the author of numerous theological works, including a three-volume systematic theology. __________ 

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Christopher A. Hall is associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. ______________

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Edited by: Thomas C. Oden & Christopher A. Hall

1200 Years in the Making

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is a 28 Volume patristic commentary on Scripture.  The patristic period, the time of the fathers of the church, spans the era from Clement of Rome (fl. cl. 95) to John of Damascus (c. 645-c.749).  The commentary thus covers seven centuries of biblical interpretation, from the end of the New Testament to the mid-eighth century, including the Venerable Bede.

...the church fathers...comment on Scripture.


he Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture does what very few of today's students of the Bible could do for themselves. 

With the aid of computer technology, the vast array of writings from the church fathers--including much that is available only in the ancient languages--have been combed for their comment on Scripture. 

From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand-selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating and introducing it to today's readers. 

Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.


...a vital link of communication between the varied Christian traditions of today and their common ancient ancestors in the faith. 

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is an ecumenical project, promoting a vital link of communication between the varied Christian traditions of today and their common ancient ancestors in the faith. 

On this shared ground, we listen as leading pastoral theologians of seven centuries gather around the text of Scripture and offer their best theological, spiritual and pastoral insights.

Today the historical-critical method of interpretation has nearly exhausted its claim on the biblical text and on the church. 

In its wake there is a widespread yearning among Christian individuals and communities for the wholesome, the deep and the enduring. 

...our ancient ancestors in the faith describe and interpret the scriptural vistas as they see them.

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture does not seek to replace those excellent commentaries that have been produced in the twentieth century. 

Rather, it supplements them, framing them with interpretive voices that have long sustained the church and only recently have fallen silent.  It ____________________________

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 invites us to listen with appreciative ears and sympathetic minds as our ancient ancestors in the faith describe and interpret the scriptural vistas as they see them. _________________________________

 ...for theological interpretation, spiritual reading, and wholesome teaching and preaching.

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is a postcritical revival of the early commentary tradition known as the glossa ordinaria, a text artfully elaborated with ancient and authoritative reflections and insights. 

An uncommon companion for theological interpretation, spiritual reading, and wholesome teaching and preaching. _________________________________

Praise for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Endorsements by):

  • J. I. Packer: Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College.

  • Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.: Lawrence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham College.

  • Metropolitan Theodosius: Primate, Orthodox Church in America.

  • Timothy George: Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.

  • Fr. George Dragas: Holy Cross Seminary.

  • Fr. Peter E. Gillquist: Director, Department of Missions and Evangelism, Antiochan Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

  • H. Wayne House: Professor of Theology and Law, Trinity University School of Law.

  • Haddon Robinson: Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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