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Didymus the Blind: Commentary on Zechariah
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Didymus the Blind: Commentary on Zechariah


Catholic University of America 2006

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The book of Zechariah is “the longest and most obscure” of the Twelve Minor Prophets, Jerome remarked. That may have been the reason why in 386 he visited the Alexandrian scholar Didymus the Blind and requested a work on this prophet. Though long thought to be lost, the work was rediscovered in 1941 at Tura outside Cairo along with some other biblical commentaries. As a result, Didymus’ commentary on Zechariah enjoys particular distinction as his only complete work on a biblical book extant in Greek whose authenticity is established, passed down by direct manuscript tradition, and critically edited. Thus it deserves this first appearance in English.

A disciple of Origen—whose own work on Zechariah reached only to chapter five—Didymus’ commentary on this apocalyptic book illustrates the typically allegorical approach to the biblical text that we associate with Alexandria. Didymus alone offers his readers a wide range of spiritual meanings on the obscure verses of Zechariah, capitalizing on his extraordinary familiarity with Holy Writ, and proceeding on a process of interpretation-by-association, frequently invoking also etymology and number symbolism to plumb the meaning of the text. No wonder he remarks, “The reader who understands it is a seer;” such is the richness of the hermeneutical offering.

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Key Features

  • Presents the only complete extant work of Didymus the Blind on a biblical book with established authenticity
  • Provides the first English translation
  • Includes an introduction with background information on the author and era

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About Didymus the Blind

Didymus the Blind (c. 313–398) was a theologian and follower of Origen who taught in the Coptic Church of Alexandria. Didymus’ exceptional memory enabled him to become a learned and prominent biblical scholar who taught the likes of Palladius, Rufinus, Evagrius, and Jerome. He wrote numerous other biblical commentaries and theological works, most of which survive in fragments only.

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