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Ancient Christian Reference Collection (55 vols.)
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Overview

With a wide assortment of writings from the Church Fathers themselves, along with commentaries, devotions, and reference works, the Ancient Christianity Reference Collection provides everything needed for learning how the leaders of the Ancient Church interpreted Scripture. The Ancient Christian Texts Series provides fresh translations of important works from Church Fathers like Origen, Ambrosiaster, John of Damascus, Cyril of Alexandria, and many others. The Ancient Christian Commentary brings together carefully curated insights on the biblical text from a range of Church fathers. With additional volumes presenting devotional material for Christian living and doctrinal discussion organized around the tenants of the Nicene Creed. Together all these volumes bring deeper understanding of the biblical text and helps you to read the Bible through the eyes of those key figures in the early church.

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Key Features

  • Provides commentary on the historical context from modern scholars
  • Includes additional ancient prayers to assist in devotional reading
  • All new translations, many in English for the first time
  • Leads the reader into a deeper understanding of the theological roots of Christianity

Product Details

  • Title: Ancient Christian Reference Collection
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Volumes: 55
  • Pages: 20,741

Individual Titles

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Complete Set Updated Edition (ACCS)

  • Series Editor: Thomas C. Oden
  • Series: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS)
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Volumes: 29
  • Pages: 11,757

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS) does what very few of today’s students of the Bible can do for themselves. 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 in this series is the full text of all 29 commentaries from the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS). 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.

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (29 Vols.) (ACCS) is an ecumenical project, promoting a vital link of communication between the varied Christian traditions of today and their common ancient ancestors in the faith. On this shared ground we listen as leading pastoral theologians of eight centuries gather around the text of Scripture and offer their best theological, spiritual, and pastoral insights.

Titles Included:

  • Genesis 1–11 edited by Andrew Louth
  • Genesis 12–50 edited by Mark Sheridan
  • Exodus Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy edited by Joseph T. Lienhard
  • Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1–2 Samuel edited by John R. Franke
  • 1–2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther edited by Marco Conti
  • Job edited by Manlio Simonetti and Marco Conti
  • Psalms 1–50 edited by Craig A. Blaising and Carmen S. Hardin
  • Psalms 51–150 edited by Quentin F. Wesselschmidt
  • Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon edited by J. Robert Wright
  • Isaiah 1–39 edited by Steven A. McKinion
  • Isaiah 40–66 edited by Mark W. Elliot
  • Jeremiah, Lamentations edited by Dean O. Wenthe
  • Ezekiel, Daniel edited by Kenneth Stevenson and Michael Glerup
  • The Twelve Prophets edited by Alberto Ferreiro
  • Matthew 1–13 edited by Manlio Simonetti
  • Matthew 14–28 edited by Manlio Simonetti
  • Mark edited by Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall
  • Luke edited by Arthur Just Jr.
  • John 1–10 edited by Joel C. Elowsky
  • John 11–21 edited by Joel C. Elowsky
  • Acts edited by Francis Martin
  • Romans edited by Gerald L. Bray
  • 1–2 Corinthians edited by Gerald L. Bray
  • Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians edited by Mark J. Edwards
  • Colossians, 1–2 Thessalonians, 1–2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon edited by Peter Gorday
  • Hebrews edited by Erik M. Heen and Philip D.W. Krey
  • James, 1–2 Peter, 1–3 John, Jude edited by Gerald L. Bray
  • Revelation edited by William C. Weinrich
  • Apocrypha edited by Sever J. Voicu

This collection is the updated version of ACCS. Some content differs from the original edition. Pagination may slightly vary between the two editions.

Chronological snobbery—the assumption that our ancestors working without benefit of computers have nothing to teach us—is exposed as nonsense by this magnificent new 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 Peterson, James Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College

All who are interested in the interpretation of the Bible will welcome the forthcoming multivolume series, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Here the insights of scores of early church fathers will be 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, professor emeritus of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

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 Dulles, Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University

Thomas C. Oden recently retired as Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the author of numerous theological works, including Thomas C. Oden’s Systematic Theology (3 Vols.).

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Ancient Christian Texts Collection

  • Series Editors: Thomas C. Oden and Gerald L. Bray
  • Series: Ancient Christian Texts
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Volumes: 15
  • Pages: 3,910

Uncover the roots of Christianity and the writings of the early church in a new way. Ancient Christian Texts is a series of new translations of full-length commentaries and sermons based on biblical books or extended scriptural passages by early church leaders like Ambrosiaster, Origen, John of Damascus, Cyril of Alexandria and many others, most of which are presented in English for the first time. With today’s best scholarship, the Ancient Christian Texts provides you with the resources you need to study for yourself the key writings of the early church in a way never possible before.

Titles Included:

  • Commentaries on Genesis 1-3
  • Homilies on Numbers
  • Commentary on Isaiah
  • Commentary on Jeremiah
  • Commentaries on the Twelve Prophets, vol. 1
  • Commentaries on the Twelve Prophets, vol. 2
  • Incomplete Commentary on Matthew Opus imperfectum, vol. 1
  • Incomplete Commentary on Matthew Opus imperfectum, vol. 2
  • Commentary on the Gospel of John
  • Commentary on John, vol. 1
  • Commentary on John, vol. 2
  • Commentaries on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians
  • Commentaries on Galatians-Philemon
  • Greek Commentaries on Revelation
  • Latin Commentaries on Revelation

For more information on this collection, see here.

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series

  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,221

From the earliest days of the Christian church, there has been the tendency to distill those essential aspects of Christian teaching into succinct creeds. These creeds, in turn, are unpacked to reveal much about the Christian understanding of the nature of God, salvation, and the church.

As the seminal Ancient Christian Commentary on Sacred Scripture series did for Scripture, so this series does for the classic articulation of Christina doctrine—the Nicene Creed. Following the outline set forth in that ancient creed, these volumes bring together copious amounts of commentary from the early church fathers on each statement and phrase. Fleshed out with commentary on the historical context and helpful indices, this collection makes it easy to see with the eyes of the early Christians and come to understand their vision of what it means to be Christian.

Titles Included:

  • We Believe in One God edited by Gerald L. Bray
  • We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ edited by John Anthony McGuckin
  • We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord edited by Mark J. Edwards
  • We Believe in the Holy Spirit edited by Joel C. Elowsky
  • We Believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church edited by Angelo Di Berardino

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Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity

  • General Editor: Angelo Di Berardino
  • Consulting Editors: Thomas C. Oden, Joel C. Elowsky, and James Hoover
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 2,951

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity covers eight centuries of the Christian church and comprises 3,220 entries by a team of 266 scholars from 26 countries representing a variety of Christian traditions. It draws upon such fields as archaeology, art and architecture, biography, cultural studies, ecclesiology, geography, history, philosophy, and theology.

The encyclopedia’s A-to-Z coverage extends from “Aaron (iconography)” to “Zosimus, pope” and chronologically from Christianity’s origins to Bede (d. 735) in the West and John of Damascus (d. ca. 749) in the Greek East, with detailed emphasis on the first four centuries of Christian history.

Extensive cross-referencing provides ease in exploring related articles, and helpful bibliographies, including primary sources (texts, critical editions, translations) and key secondary sources (books and journal articles), give access to the very latest in-depth scholarship in countless disciplines of study.

Titles Included:

  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, vol. 1: A-E
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, vol. 2: F-O
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, vol. 3: P-Z

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The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity is highly recommended as a front line source for information on all aspects of the early church. . . . It is a must for any seminary, training school, or other educational institution. Those specializing in church history will want to have this reference set within arm's reach at their desk.

—Dennis M. Swanson, The Master’s Seminary Journal

The revised and expanded Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity is certain to become the standard work of reference for patristics and the study of Late Antiquity. The range of subjects covered by the articles is astounding, including virtually everyone about whom anything at all is known, as well as geography, literary and legal culture, art and symbolism, architecture and liturgy. These articles, together with their extensive and up-to-date bibliographies, make the Encyclopedia the portal of choice to the world of Late Antiquity.

—Andrew Louth, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University

Words fail me for celebrating the fullness and excellence of this unique pioneer compendium, which brings together just about everything that is known about the first eight Christian centuries. A must-have for libraries, it will prove an invaluable resource for scholars and students alike. All praise to IVP for making it available to us English readers who could not handle the original Italian.

—J.I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

Angelo Di Berardino is past president and current professor of patrology at the Augustinian Patristic Institute (Augustinianum) in Rome. He is the editor or author of authoritative works on the early church, including Encyclopedia of the Early Church and Patrology: The Eastern Fathers from the Council of Chalcedon to John of Damascus. He also serves as the Italian-language editor for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

Thomas C. Oden (1931–2016), was 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 was the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and he served as the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

The Rev. Dr. Joel C. Elowsky (PhD, Drew University) is associate professor of historical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has served as the operations manager for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and has edited the two volumes on John’s Gospel in that series. He is the volume editor for We Believe in the Holy Spirit in the Ancient Christian Doctrine series and has edited volumes on Theodore of Mopsuestia and Cyril of Alexandria in the Ancient Christian Texts series.

James Hoover (MDiv, Gordon Conwell) is IVP’s associate editorial director and senior editor for IVP Academic. Since 1999 he has served as in-house editor in the area of patristic studies, overseeing editorial work on the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, the Ancient Christian Doctrine series, the Ancient Christian Texts series and, most recently, the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity.

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Ancient Christian Devotional Series

  • Editor: Cindy Crosby
  • General Editor: Thomas C. Oden
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 902

The Ancient Christian Devotional Series provides a curated collection of quotations from the early church fathers as found in InterVarsity Press’ monumental Ancient Christian Commentary on Sacred Scripture series. Organized around the three-year lectionary cycle in use in a variety of churches, the editors of this set have drawn out the themes of each week and selected key quotations on every Bible passage in the Revised Common Lectionary. Each week’s entry elaborates on the connection between the biblical texts and helps you to read the Bible through the eyes of those key figures in the early church. Also including opening and closing prayers for each week, this set is a great tool for sermon preparation as well as a great devotional aid for the layman.

Titles Included:

  • Ancient Christian Devotional: Lectionary Cycle A
  • Ancient Christian Devotional: Lectionary Cycle B
  • Ancient Christian Devotional: Lectionary Cycle C

Cindy Crosby is the author, contributor to, or compiler of more than twenty books, including By Willoway Brook: Exploring the Landscape of Prayer. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Publishers Weekly, Books & Culture, Christian Century, and Christianity Today. She speaks and teaches in the Chicago region.

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