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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Review 1 for Genesis 1-11: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture [ACCS]
Date:August 7, 2006
The Rev'd William Klock
I subscribed to this series last year and now have about ten volumes. The first Genesis volume arrived just in time as I started preaching a series through Genesis this past Advent. This first Genesis volume has been immensely helpful in preparation for preaching on the Creation and Primeval History of the first 11 chapters. I'd give this series a "5,"but the big problem is that the editors pick and choose from the Fathers in such a way as often to find their own contemporary theology in the Fathers. I don't know that we could expect otherwise, but be aware that the excerpt selection for each volume often give the impression of a patristic consensus that never actually existed or that was not as monolithic as these commentaries might suggest. I've also found it helpful to use this in conjunction with Schaff's 38-volume "Church Fathers." If you've got that, you can reference the excerpts in the commentary volumes in their contexts -- at least those that Schaff's series includes. You won't be able to do this all the time, but often enough to be worthwhile.
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Review 2 for Genesis 1-11: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture [ACCS]
Date:October 1, 2001
Rev. Raymond Allan Johnson
I have been very excited with the volumes that have been released so far. My only regret is that it will be several years before the set is complete.Anyone who has ever attempted to research the "Fathers" is aware of what a monumental task this can be. To have a series which has systematically arranged them by Bible verse is an indispensible Ministry tool!