Genesis 1-11

Overview

The rich tapestry of the creation narrative in the early chapters of Genesis proved irresistible to the thoughtful, reflective minds of the church fathers. Within them they found the beginning threads from which to weave a theology of creation, fall and redemption. Following their mentor, the apostle Paul, they explored the profound significance of Adam as a type of Christ, the second Adam.

The six days of creation proved especially attractive among the fathers as a subject for ...

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Overview

The rich tapestry of the creation narrative in the early chapters of Genesis proved irresistible to the thoughtful, reflective minds of the church fathers. Within them they found the beginning threads from which to weave a theology of creation, fall and redemption. Following their mentor, the apostle Paul, they explored the profound significance of Adam as a type of Christ, the second Adam.

The six days of creation proved especially attractive among the fathers as a subject for commentary, with Basil the Great and Ambrose producing well-known Hexaemerons. Similarly, Augustine devoted portions of five works to the first chapter of Genesis.

As in previous volumes within the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, the range of comment contained in Genesis 1--11 spans from the first century to the eighth, from East to West, and from Greek and Latin speakers to Syriac. Especially helpful in this volume is editor Andrew Louth's supply of Septuagintal alternative readings to the Masoretic text, which are often necessary to understanding the fathers' flow of thought.

Genesis 1--11 opens up a treasure house of ancient wisdom--allowing these faithful witnesses, some appearing here in English translation for the first time, to speak with eloquence and intellectual acumen to the church today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830814718
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2001
  • Series: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,195,491
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Louth is professor emeritus of patristic and
Byzantine studies at Durham University, England, and visiting professor of Eastern Orthodox theology at the
Amsterdam Centre of Eastern Orthodox Theology
(ACEOT), in the Faculty of Theology, the Free University,
Amsterdam. He is also a priest of the Russian Orthodox
Diocese of Sourozh (Moscow Patriarchate), serving the parish in Durham. His recent publications include
Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology (SPCK), Greek East and Latin West, AD 681-1071 (St Vladimir's Seminary Press), Maximus the Confessor (Routledge) and The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition (OUP).
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Table of Contents

General Introduction
A Guide to Using This Commentary
Abbreviations
Introduction to Genesis 1--11
Commentary
Appendix: Early Christian Writers and the Documents Cited
Chronology
Biographical Sketches
Bibliography
Authors/Writings Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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