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Cyril of Alexandria: Commentary on the Twelve Prophets, vol. 1

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780813201153

Overview

Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria (412–444), is best known as a protagonist in the Christological controversy of the second quarter of the fifth century. Readers may be surprised therefore to find such polemic absent from this early work on the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament. Another possibly unexpected feature of this Alexandrian commentary is its focus on historical exegesis, which reveals Cyril’s serious interest in the fortunes of the people of Israel and Judah in the centuries preceding and following the exile. Unlike his predecessor Didymus the Blind, Cyril abjures an approach that dismisses the historicity of the text (as in his opening defense of Hosea’s marriage), and he proceeds to other levels of interpretation, moral and spiritual, only after a preliminary examination of the historical.

Indebted to the diverse approaches of Didymus, Jerome, and Theodore, Cyril appears in this work as a balanced commentator, eclectic in his attitude and tolerant of alternative views. Although he displays an occasional uncertainty in his grasp of historical and geographical details, as well as an inclination to verbosity, Cyril has conspicuously influenced the exegesis of his younger contemporary Theodoret of Cyrus, and has made a vital contribution to the development of biblical interpretation in the church.

Key Features

  • Presents the first part of Cyril of Alexandria’s work on the Minor Prophets
  • Focuses on historical exegesis
  • Provides insight into biblical interpretation in the early church
  • Title: St. Cyril of Alexandria: Commentary on the Twelve Prophets, Volume 1
  • Author: Cyril of Alexandria
  • Series: The Fathers of the Church
  • Volume: 115
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 327
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital > Logos Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Hosea > Commentaries; Bible. O.T. Joel > Commentaries
  • ISBN: 9780813201153
  • Resource ID: LLS:CMMTWLVPRPHTSVL1
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-12-19T17:54:28Z

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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.