The most famous representative of the school of Antioch, Theodore of Mopsuestia, penned a number of commentaries on biblical books in both the Old and New Testaments. This volume offers not only an introduction to Theodore’s life and work, but also the first modern-language translation of his commentaries on Paul’s minor epistles (Galatians–Philemon). The English translation is accompanied by Latin and Greek text based on H. B. Swete’s 1880–1882 critical edition of these early fifth-century commentaries. As a prime example of “Antiochene” exegesis and theology, they are of considerable interest, providing valuable evidence for Theodore’s exegetical principles and practice, his Christology and doctrines of grace and free will, and his understanding of crucial developments in Christian ministry and church polity from the time of Paul to his own day.
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With a light touch born of extraordinary erudition, Rowan Greer makes Theodore of Mopsuestia essential reading for anyone who would do theology in our time. In particular, he reminds us that the theologian’s first task is the exposition of Scripture.
—Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University Divinity School
Rowan Greer’s achievement in this volume, an eminently readable and reliable translation of this important early Christian commentary on Paul’s minor epistles, comes as no surprise. . . . The present translation of Theodore’s commentaries now provides to a wider audience the opportunity to engage firsthand the theology of the fourth century 'Antiochenes' who had such a profound influence in the doctrinal development of the Christian churches in both East and West. Anyone interested in the history of biblical interpretation as well as the history of Christian doctrine will find this translation indispensible.
—Charles A. Bobertz, Professor of Theology, St. John’s University
Rowan A. Greer is Professor of Anglican Studies Emeritus at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, including Origen: An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works; Broken Lights and Mended Lives: Theology and Common Life in the Early Church; and Anglican Approaches to Scripture: From the Reformation to the Present.