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Glaphyra on the Pentateuch, Volumes 1 & 2: Genesis, Exodus through Deuteronomy (Fathers of the Church) (2 vols.)

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Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 376–444) is best known for his defense of orthodoxy at the time of the Nestorian controversy over the nature of Christ. However, by far the larger part of Cyril’s literary output consisted of commentaries on books of both Old and New Testaments, written before the Christological debate was sparked off in 428. One of these works, of major proportions, was the so-called Glaphyra (“elegant comments”) on the Pentateuch. This comprises a total of thirteen separate “books,” or volumes: seven on Genesis, three on Exodus, and one each on Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The comments primarily concern the narrative portions of the Pentateuch, hence the greater space given to Genesis, though a number of the legal prescriptions are also treated.

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  • Offers a translation of the whole Glaphyra for the first time in English
  • Provides theological and pastoral insights
  • Explores the mystery of Christ hidden beneath the surface of the Old Testament text
  • Title: Glaphyra on the Pentateuch
  • Author: Cyril Of Alexandria
  • Translator: Nicholas P. Lunn
  • Series: Fathers of the Church
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Volumes: 2
  • Resources: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Christian Group: Catholic, Orthodox
  • Resource Type: Commentary
  • Topic: Pentateuch
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Glaphyra on the Pentateuch, Volume 1

  • Author: Cyril Of Alexandria
  • Translator: Nicholas P. Lunn
  • Series: Church Fathers
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 400

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Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 376–444) is best known for his defense of orthodoxy at the time of the Nestorian controversy over the nature of Christ. However, by far the larger part of Cyril’s literary output consisted of commentaries on books of both Old and New Testaments, written before the Christological debate was sparked off in 428. One of these works, of major proportions, was the so-called Glaphyra (“elegant comments”) on the Pentateuch. This comprises a total of thirteen separate “books,” or volumes: seven on Genesis, three on Exodus, and one each on Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The comments primarily concern the narrative portions of the Pentateuch, hence the greater space given to Genesis, though a number of the legal prescriptions are also treated. This present volume, containing all seven books on Genesis, is the first of a projected two-volume set which will offer a translation of the whole Glaphyra for the first time in English. Cyril’s aims within the commentary are both theological and pastoral. His chosen method begins with a consideration of the historia. Here the Alexandrian patriarch deals with the text at the literal level. At this stage he explains any historical, cultural, and at times even linguistic and textual issues presented within the passage, which is then followed by some theological instruction or lessons of a more practical nature based upon the literal interpretation. The exposition then moves on to the theoria. This is Cyril’s preferred term for the contemplation of the spiritual sense, that is to say, the mystery of Christ which he firmly held lay hidden beneath the surface of the Old Testament text. With great adeptness and consistency Cyril identifies elements within the ancient narratives as figures, or “types and shadows,” of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Church, and the teachings of the gospel.

Glaphyra on the Pentateuch, Volume 2

  • Author: Cyril Of Alexandria
  • Translator: Nicholas P. Lunn
  • Series: Church Fathers
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 272

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The translation of the commentary of Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 376-444) on the Pentateuch, known as the Glaphyra, or “elegant comments,” is now completed by this second volume. Volume 1 contained the whole of his remarks on Genesis, and now Volume 2 presents his comments on Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, along with indices for the entire work. At this early stage in his patriarchate Cyril was an avid expositor of Scripture, on books of both Testaments, possibly undertaking this work as a model and guide for the clergy under his direction. While Cyril’s other large-scale commentaries on Old Testament books, such as Isaiah and the Minor Prophets (the latter commentary also published in translation by CUA Press), followed a verse-by-verse approach, the Glaphyra is more thematic. As Cyril works through the narrative passages of the Pentateuch, he pauses to explain those elements within the text that present possible difficulties or admit alternative interpretations, and invariably concludes each section by bringing out spiritual lessons of benefit to the congregation. Many of these latter relate to Christ, since, for Cyril, a Christological reading of the Old Testament was unavoidable. While in the Glaphyra it was not Cyril’s purpose to tackle the legal passages within the Pentateuch, a task that he wished to reserve for a separate work of an entirely different character (De adoratione et cultu in spiritu et veritate, “Concerning Worship and Service in Spirit and in Truth”), he does nevertheless here depart from his own remit on occasion and deal with some of the more prominent ceremonial passages. Cyril gives considerable space, for example, to the sacrifice of the Passover lamb and the levitical ritual for the cleansing of the leper, among others. As with Volume 1, Cyril’s treatment of these books is published here for the first time in English translation.

Cyril of Alexandria (c. 376 – 444) was the Patriarch of Alexandria from 412 to 444. He came to power when the city was at its height of influence and power within the Roman Empire. Cyril wrote extensively and was a leading protagonist in the Christological controversies of the later 4th and 5th centuries. He was a central figure in the First Council of Ephesus in 431, which led to the deposition of Nestorius as Patriarch of Constantinople.

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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch

    2/22/2021

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    A colleague is doing his doctorate on Cyril, so when this new volume came out from “the Fathers of the Church” series, I thought I would give it a read - and I have enjoyed the journey. First, I found the translation to be very readable - in comparison to early Christian writings that have been translated in to English in the late 19th and earlier 20th Century. I also note there is not a lot of Cyril available in good modern English so I applaud the editors of the series for this addition. Second, I enjoyed the first volume that concentrated on Genesis more than the second volume that covered the other 4 books of the Pentateuch. The latter volume only briefly looked at a selection of passages, often not in any order that I could work out - nor did I really grasp the reasons why the passages were chosen over others. However, Vol 1 more than made up for this :) I still have much work to get my head around 5th Century Alexandrian Hermeneutics - though especially with the handling of Genesis, I found Cyril to be closer to Paul (in Galatians) with his use of allegory. I struggled more with the allegorical approach in Vol 2. I liked that Cyril is not dismissive of the natural (“literal”) interpretation of the passages, he just puts more emphasis on the “deeper” meaning. However in his allegorical approach he is explaining New Testament Theology, he is tying things especially to Paul and John. This is different from the allegorical approach later in the Middle Ages (which I don’t enjoy - or rather don’t properly understand). I did struggle with his strong dislike of the Jews. Whilst I do realise that in his writing there is an apologetic element - given that at the time it seems Alexandria was about 1/3 Christian, 1/3 Jewish and 1/3 pagan - I still struggled with his attacks at times. However if you can pass over them, you then find a very strong understanding of who Jesus is, as well as some good insights into the Holy Spirit.
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