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Commentaries on the Sages, Vol. 1 - Commentary on Job

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The Fathers, especially of the East, did not leave us many commentaries on the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament, even though frequently cited the figure of Job and Solomon's proverbs in their other works. This neglect may perhaps be accounted for by a reluctance to see the sages as recipients of inspiration in the same fashion as psalmists and prophets, Wisdom often seeming to be the fruit of human experience. It is, therefore, doubly gratifying that recent scholarship has unearthed commentaries on the text of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes by the celebrated preacher of Antioch, John Chrysostom. Not only do these texts complete the already huge corpus of his works, but they reveal the response of a Greek Father to this distinctve sapiential material, which the ancients found challenging, sometimes pragmatic, sometimes quaint. We may debate the Fathers' degree of appreciation of biblical Wisdom; but, as Chrysostom says of Proverbs, "it makes no trifling contribution to our moral life."



p. 1

Nature of the Commentary

p. 3

Text of the Commentary: Chrysostom’s Text

p. 6

Chrysostom As Interpreter of Job

p. 8

Commentary on Job

p. 13


p. 205

General Index

p. 233

Index of Biblical Citations

p. 235

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238 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press



Product Dimensions:

6 x 9 x 0.8 inches


Robert Charles Hill

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