Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture CD-ROM


The 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 many that are 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 ...
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The 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 many that are 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.

Included on this CD-ROM from series editor Tom C. Oden is the full text of all twenty-nine commentaries from the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Arranged canonically, each volume allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred page of Scripture. Now even more accessible in digital format, this series will prove an uncommon companion for theological interpretation, spiritual reading, and wholesome teaching and preaching.

Inside you'll find

all twenty-nine volumes of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripturecommentary by the church fathers on all sixty-six books of the Bible and the Apocryphaintroductions by world-renowned patristics scholarsa money-saving packagea free KJV Bibleunlockable versions of the Bible, including NASB, NRSV, NLT, RSV and The MessageThe Essential IVP Reference Collection (unlockable for a fee)a complete user's manual on the CD

Requires Mac OS 7.1 through 9; built for Mac OSX. Or PC with Mac emulator. Runs on Accordance software from OakTree.

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What People Are Saying

Haddon Robinson
"For those who think that church history began around 1941 when their pastor was born, this commentary will be a great surprise. Christians throughout the centuries have read the biblical text and nursed their spirits with it and then applied it to their lives. These commentaries reflect that the witness of the Holy Spirit was present in his church throughout the centuries. As a result, we can profit by allowing the ancient Christians to speak to us today."
Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Elizabeth Achtemeier
"Modern church members often do not realize that they are participants in the vast company of the communion of saints that reaches far back into the past and that will continue into the future, until the kingdom comes. This commentary should help them begin to see themselves as participants in that redeemed community."
Elizabeth Achtemeier, the late Union Professor Emerita of Bible and Homiletics, Union Theological Seminary
Timothy George
"The initial cry of the Reformation was ad fontes--back to the sources! The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is a marvelous tool for the recovery of biblical wisdom in today's church. Not just another scholarly project, the ACCS is a major source for the renewal of preaching, theology and Christian devotion."
Timothy George, dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Alberto Ferreiro
"Across Christendom there has emerged a widespread interest in early Christianity, both at the popular and scholarly level. . . . Christians of all traditions stand to benefit from this project, especially clergy and those who study the Bible. Moreover, it will allow us to see how our traditions are rooted in the scriptural interpretations of the church fathers while at the same time seeing how we have developed new perspectives."
Alberto Ferreiro, professor of history, Seattle Pacific University
D. Stuart Briscoe
"There is no shortage of new books on the market and it may be a surprise to some to see InterVarsity Press producing the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. But, bearing in mind C. S. Lewis's admonition 'It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between,' this series fills a great need that many of us may not even be aware of--the need to read those who have gone before us."
George Lawless
"Here is a nonpareil series which reclaims the Bible as the book of the church, by making accessible to earnest readers of the twenty-first century the classrooms of Clement of Alexandria and Didymus the Blind, the study and lecture hall of Origen, the cathedrae of Chrysostom and Augustine, and the scriptorium of Jerome in his Bethlehem monastery.
George Lawless, Augustinian Patristic Institute and Gregorian University, Rome
Avery Cardinal Dulles
"Composed in the style of the great medieval catenae, this new anthology of patristic commentary on Holy Scripture, conveniently arranged by chapter and verse, will be a valuable resource for prayer, study and proclamation. By calling attention to the rich Christian heritage preceding the separations between East and West and between Protestant and Catholic, this series will perform a major service to the cause of ecumenism."
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., The late Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University
Metropolitan Theodosius
"We are pleased to witness publication of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. It is most beneficial for us to learn how the ancient Christians, especially the saints of the church who proved through their lives their devotion to God and his Word, interpreted Scripture. Let us heed the witness of those who have gone before us in the faith."
Metropolitan Theodosius, former primate, Orthodox Church in America
Richard John Neuhaus
"In the desert of biblical scholarship that tries to deconstruct or get behind the texts, the patristic commentators let the pure, clear waters of Christian faith flow from its scriptural source. Preachers, teachers and Bible students of every sort will want to drink deeply from the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture."
Richard John Neuhaus, past president of Religion and Public Life and former editor-in-chief of First Things
J. I. Packer
"The conspectus of patristic exposition that this series offers has been badly needed for several centuries, and the whole Christian world should unite to thank those who are undertaking to fill the gap. For the ongoing ecumenical conversation, and the accurate appreciation of early Christian thought, and the current hermeneutical debate as well, the Ancient Christian Commentary will prove itself to be a really indispensable resource."
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College
Eugene H. Peterson
"Chronological snobbery--the assumption that our ancestors working without benefit of computers have nothing to teach us--is exposed as nonsense by this magnificent series. Surfeited with knowledge but starved of wisdom, many of us are more than ready to sit at table with our ancestors and listen to their holy conversations on Scripture. I know I am."
Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College
H. Wayne House
"The Ancient Christian Commentary fills a long overdue need for scholars and students of the church fathers. . . . Such information will prove immeasurable to those of us who have felt inundated by contemporary interpreters and novel theories of the biblical text. We welcome some new insight from the ancient authors in the early centuries of the church."
H. Wayne House, Distinguished Research Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Faith Evangelical Seminary
Fr. Peter E. Gillquist
"Few publishing projects have encouraged me as much as the recently announced Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture with Dr. Thomas Oden serving as general editor. . . . How is it that so many of us who are dedicated to serve the Lord received seminary educations which omitted familiarity with such incredible students of the Scriptures as St. John Chrysostom, St. Athanasius the Great and St. John of Damascus? I am greatly anticipating the publication of this commentary."
Fr. Peter E. Gillquist, director of the Department of Missions and Evangelism, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Don S. Browning
"We speak abstractly in scholarly circles of the need to transcend looking at Christianity through the spectrum of modern presuppositions. This series, based on the commentaries of early Christians, gives us a concrete way to do this. It's a great idea."
Don S. Browning, Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Ethics and the Social Sciences, The Divinity School, University of Chicago
William H. Willimon
"Contemporary pastors do not stand alone. We are not the first generation of preachers to wrestle with the challenges of communicating the gospel. The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture puts us in conversation with our colleagues from the past, that great cloud of witnesses who preceded us in this vocation. This commentary enables us to receive their deep spiritual insights, their encouragement and guidance for present-day interpretation and preaching of the Word. What a wonderful addition to any pastor's library!"
William H. Willimon, bishop, North Alabama Conference, The United Methodist Church
Fr. George Dragas
"The fathers of the ancient church were enabled, by the grace of God, to interpret the divine Scriptures in a way that integrates spirituality and erudition, liturgy and dogma, and generally all aspects of our faith which embrace the totality of our life. To allow the fathers to speak to us again, in our contemporary situation, . . . provides a corrective to the fragmentation of the faith which results from the particularization and overspecialization that exists today in the study of the holy Bible and of sacred theology."
Fr. George Dragas, Holy Cross Seminary
David F. Wells
"This new but old Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture takes us out of the small, closed-minded world in which much modern biblical scholarship is done into an earlier time marked by a Christian seriousness, by robust inquiry and by believing faith. This commentary is a fresh breeze blowing in our empty, postmodern world."
David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Frederica Mathewes-Greene
"The Scriptures have been read with love and attention for nearly two thousand years, and listening to the voice of believers from previous centuries opens us to unexpected insight and deepened faith. Those who studied Scripture in the centuries closest to its writing, the centuries during and following persecution and martyrdom, speak with particular authority. The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture will bring to life the truth that we are invisibly surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses."
Frederica Mathewes-Greene, commentator, National Public Radio
Bruce M. Metzger
"All who are interested in the interpretation of the Bible will welcome the multivolume Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Here the insights of scores of early church fathers are assembled and made readily available for significant passages throughout the Bible and Apocrypha. It is hard to think of a more worthy ecumenical project to be undertaken by InterVarsity Press."
Bruce M. Metzger, the late Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary
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Meet the Author

Thomas C. Oden (PhD, Yale University), is the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the Ancient Christian Doctrine series as well as the author of Classic Christianity, a revision of his three-volume systematic theology. He is the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and he formerly served as the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Oden is active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church and serves on the board of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He suggests that Christians need to rely upon the wisdom of the historical Church, particularly the early Church, rather than on modern scholarship and theology and says his mission is "to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity."

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Table of Contents

Genesis 1-11 (Old Testament Volume 1)
Genesis 12-50 (Old Testament Volume 2)
Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (Old Testament Volume 3)
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel (Old Testament Volume 4)
1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Old Testament Volume 5)
Job (Old Testament Volume 6)
Psalms 1-50 (Old Testament Volume 7)
Psalms 51-150 (Old Testament Volume 8)
Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (Old Testament Volume 9)
Isaiah 1-39 (Old Testament Volume 10)
Isaiah 40-66 (Old Testament Volume 11)
Jeremiah, Lamentations (Old Testament Volume 12)
Ezekiel, Daniel (Old Testament Volume 13)
The Twelve Prophets (Old Testament Volume 14)
The Apocrypha (Old Testament Volume 15)
Matthew 1-13 (New Testament Volume 1a)
Matthew 14-28 (New Testament Volume 1b)
Mark (New Testament Volume 2, 2nd Edition)
Luke (New Testament Volume 3)
John 1-10 (New Testament Volume 4a)
John 11-21 (New Testament Volume 4b)
Acts (New Testament Volume 5)
Romans (New Testament Volume 6, 2nd Edition)
1-2 Corinthians (New Testament Volume 7, 2nd Edition)
Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians (New Testament Volume 8, 2nd Edition)
Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (New Testament Volume 9)
Hebrews (New Testament Volume 10)
James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude (New Testament Volume 11)
Revelation (New Testament Volume 12)
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