The Twelve Prophets

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Alberto Ferreiro, Thomas C. Oden
InterVarsity Press, Feb 19, 2014 - Religion - 366 pages
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"And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, [the risen Jesus] interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself" (Lk 24:27). The church fathers mined the Old Testament throughout for prophetic utterances regarding the Messiah, but few books yielded as much messianic ore as the Twelve Prophets, sometimes known as the Minor Prophets because of the relative brevity of their writings. Encouraged by the example of the New Testament writers, the church fathers found numerous parallels between the Gospels and the prophetic books. Among the events foretold, they found not only the flight into Egypt after the nativity, the passion, and resurrection of Christ, and the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost, but also Judas's act of betrayal, the earthquake at Jesus' death and the rending of the temple veil. Detail upon detail brimmed with significance for Christian doctrine, including baptism and the Eucharist as well as the relation between the covenants. In this rich and vital resource you will find excerpts, some translated here into English for the first time, from more than thirty church fathers, ranging in time from Clement of Rome, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus (late first and early second centuries) to Gregory the Great, Braulio of Saragossa, and Bede the Venerable (late sixth to early eighth centuries). Geographically the sources range from the great Cappadocians—Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa—John Chrysostom, Ephrem the Syrian, and Hippolytus in the East, to Ambrose, Augustine, Cyprian, and Tertullian in the West, and Origen, Cyril, and Pachomius in Egypt. This Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture volume is a treasure trove out of which Christians may bring riches both old and new in their understanding of these ancient texts.

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Spanning the 14 minor prophets of the Old Testament, this commentary provides the reader with a sense of the thoughts of the early Christian church fathers regarding these texts, all in a concise ... Read full review

Contents

Hosea
1
Joel
57
Amos
83
Obadiah
117
Jonah
128
Micah
149
Nahum
178
Habakkuk
186
Early Christian Writers and the Documents Cited
314
Biographical Sketches Short Descriptions of Select Anonymous Works
322
Timeline of Writers of the Patristic Period
345
Bibliography of Works in Original Languages
352
Bibliography of Works in English Translation
361
AuthorsWritings Index
370
Subject Index
371
Scripture Index
378

Zephaniah
207
Haggai
219
Zechariah
230
Malachi
283
About the Editor
383
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
384
More Titles from InterVarsity Press
385
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Alberto Ferreiro is professor of history at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.

Thomas C. Oden (1931–2016) was a pioneering theologian and served as the architect and general editor for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. He was also the general editor of the Ancient Christian Doctrine series and the Ancient Christian Devotional series, as well as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity. A prolific writer and seasoned teacher, Oden also served as the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and was active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church.