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The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is a unique twenty-seven-volume series encompassing all of Scripture and offering contemporary readers the opportunity to study for themselves the key writings of the early church fathers. Arranged by the books of the Bible, each portion of commentary allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred pages of Scripture. This Ancient Christian Commentary on Genesis 1-11 opens a whole new way of reading these Old Testament texts. The pastoral and theological interpretation of the church fathers offers spiritual and intellectual sustenance to those who would read these texts again with open minds and hearts.

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Ancient Christian Commentary: Genesis I-II 13 July 2010
By J. N. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is a unique commentary series. Scholars and computer technology comb the writings of ancient Christian writers on particular books of the Bible. It is considered to be an ecumenical project with general editor Thomas C. Oden. It is an attempt to bring awareness and understanding to Christians concerning ancient beliefs.

Scholars familiar with ancient Christian writings offer hand-selected portions of these texts. I recently received my review copy on Genesis I-II, free of charge, from InterVarsity Press. There are 204 pages as it covers Genesis 1-11:32. Besides the commentary there is an introduction to Genesis I-II, chronology, biographical sketches, and an appendix of all the Early Christian writings cited.

Basil the Great, commenting on 1:5b, and the days of Creation suggests that "after the creation of the sun, it is day when the air is illuminated by the sun shining on the hemisphere above the earth when the sun is hidden." Basil goes on to say, "Yet it was not at that time according to our solar motion."

Oden, et al suggests that Genesis 1:26-27 are the "most commented on by the Fathers." (pg. 27) Gregory of Nyssa, concerning "let us make man" says that "God deliberated about the best way to bring to life a creation worthy of honor." Chrysostom likewise says, "'let us make man' suggests deliberation, collaboration and conference..." (pg. 28) Clement of Alexandria, on "the image of God" says this "is his Word and an image of the Word is the true man, that is, the mind of man, who on this account is said to have been created "in the image" of God and "in his likeness," because through his understanding heart he is made like the divine Word or Reason (logos), and so rational (logikos).

This commentary set can be appreciated by the layperson and the careful academic alike. This volume states, "The early chapters of Genesis had arguable the greater influence of the development of Christian theology than did any other part of the Old Testament." (pg. xxxix) The first few chapters of Genesis cover such theological issues as Adam and Christ; Typology; Creation; Humanity in the Image of God and The Fall and Original Sin. Many problems and arguments today have been considered in the past. There is truly nothing new under the sun.
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Excellent! 6 Nov 2013
By Peter A. Papoutsis - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent! Just simply excellent! Get this volume of the ACCS on the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis and you will be simply amazed. It gives both the Hebrew MT reading in English AND the Septuagint reading in English for every verse! Why ACCS could not do the very same thing say for their 2 volumes on the Psalms is beyond me, but for Genesis 1-11 they did and did exceptionally well. I highly recommend all English-Speaking Orthodox Christians to get this volume and every volume of the ACCS that not only gives us the Septuagint readings in English, but also the patristic commentary on these Septuagint verse readings. This volume is truly exceptional. Axios!
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Genesis 1-11 (Ancient Christian Commentary) 6 Jun 2012
By Randy A. Learned - Published on Amazon.com
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This appears to be a promising series on Scriptural commentary. It is time the Holy Fathers of the undivided Christian Church be given a say in the understanding of Scripture. I would recommend readers of this series not to stop with the brief Patristic commentaries but read the full commentaries from the Holy Fathers, ie. the pillars like John Chrsysotom, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, John of Damascus, and Symeon the New Theologian.
Magnificent and Incomparable for Bible study 20 Oct 2014
By Andrew Yachad - Published on Amazon.com
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This series is absolutely and unhesitatingly the most brilliant and beautiful exposition of Scripture I have ever read in my life (and I have read a lot of books in 45 years). Any other commentary or study Bible pales in comparison. The selection from the early Patristics is magnificent; extremely broad, comprehensive, meaningful, enlightening, spiritually edifying, encouraging and relevant to forming and molding one's life around Scripture and one's relationship with God. If you just need an incredibly wonderful tool for personal study. or especially if you teach Bible in any capacity, you will never run out of rich, deep, thought-provoking, spiritually-stimulating material with these volumes. Most enlightening to me is the way the early Fathers understood the nature of man, Jesus, God, the soul, and the Holy Spirit, which is quite different from what is preached today in many modern churches, divorced from these early spiritual and theological giants. Start with any volume and progress slowly if you are afraid you will feel overwhelmed. I think Genesis 1 would be a good logical and theological first volume for anyone, but any of the volumes will probably get you addicted like they did me.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A fine addition. . . 12 Mar 2004
By David Zampino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
. . .to the Ancient Christian Commentary series.
I have commented on other volumes in this series, and have not been uncritical when I felt that criticism was necessary. With "Genesis 1-11", the editors made a positive effort to provide "Ancient Christian" thought on this most difficult portion of Scripture. In addition, the decision by the General Editor(s) to divide Genesis into two volumes, using chapters 11 and 12 as the dividing points made a great deal of sense.
All in all, recommended.
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