1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

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Overview

The church fathers, as they did in earlier books dealing with Israel's history from the time of Joshua to the united monarchy, found ample material for typological and moral interpretation in 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. As will be immediately clear to readers of this volume, they gave much more attention to 1-2 Kings than to any of the other books addressed here; whether this was due to a certain repetitiveness in the story line or other reasons is unclear. But the narratives of wise King Solomon, the construction of the temple, the prophets Elijah and Elisha, and the fates of various faithful and unfaithful kings and other powerful people were well suited to their purposes.

Among Greek commentators in this collection, readers will find Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Methodius, Eusebius of Caesarea, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, John Chrysostom, Cyril of Alexandria, Theodoret of Cyr, Procopius of Gaza and John the Monk. Among Latin commentators are Tertullian, Cyprian, Novatian, Lactantius, Ambrose, Jerome, Prudentius, Augustine, Paulinus of Nola, John Cassian, Peter Chrysologus, Maximus of Turin, Salvian the Presbyter, Fulgentius of Ruspe, Caesarius of Arles, Gregory the Great, Bede and Rabanus Maurus. Syriac commentators include Aphrahat, Ephrem, Sahdona, Isaac of Nineveh and Isho'dad of Merv.

Together they set before readers a table of delights and theological insights, some of which are here available to English readers for the first time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830814756
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/2008
  • Series: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 593,313
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marco Conti (Ph.D., University of Leeds) is professor of medieval and humanistic Latin literature at the Ateneo Salesiano and lecturer in classical mythology and religions of the Roman Empire at the Richmond University in Rome.
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Table of Contents

General Introduction
A Guide to Using This Commentary
Abbreviations
Introduction to 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Commentary on 1 Kings
Commentary on 2 Kings
Commentary on 1 Chronicles
Commentary on 2 Chronicles
Commentary on Ezra
Commentary on Nehemiah
Commentary on Esther
Appendix: Early Christian Writers and the Documents Cited
Biographical Sketches
Timeline of Writers of the Patristic Period
Bibliography of Works in Original Languages
Bibliography of Works in English Translation
Authors/Writings Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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