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If looking for patristic commentary, avoid this book.,
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This review is from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: 6 (Hardcover)
This book is a great disappointment. The concept is great: collecting Christian commentary on the book of Romans from the first eight centuries of the Church. However, the "Christian" commentary includes far more selections from authors considered heretical than from those venerated as Saints and Fathers of the Church. For example, St. Athanasios and St. Gregory the Theologian are quoted only once each. St. Maximos is completely ignored. St. John of Damascus and St. Gregory of Nyssa have about a half dozen quotes each. Of the great Fathers of the Church, only St. John Chrysostom and St. Cyril of Alexandria are well represented. Instead of quotes from the Church Fathers, the editors give us hundreds of quotes from Pelagios, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Origen, Tertullian, the Montanist Oracle, etc. So, if you want quotes from those commonly considered heretics, buy this volume. If, however, you want commentary from the Fathers of the Church, look elsewhere.
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Initial post: 23 May 2008 12:21:29 BDT
T. Suffield says:
Just as a note - neither Tertullian nor Origen are considered 'heretics', although those not in the Eastern Orthodox tradition are likely to disagree with Origen and Tertullian did turn to Montanism towards the end of his life.
Nevertheless, a helpful review.
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