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Of Prophets and Poets: Antioch Fathers on the Bible

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Antioch could be said to have adopted an approach to the Bible that was both distinctive and controversial. This book demonstrates the former characteristic, and in the process, justifies the differences from other approaches in the early Church. It offers the reader some guidance on the biblical works of the great commentators of Antioch in their golden age on prophets and poets of the Old Testament in particular. While most are available as translations, ample excerpts are taken from them here to illustrate points made about the commentators' application of Antioch's distinctive exegetical and hermeneutical approach.

"This book is a summa of Robert Charles Hill's prodigious translation activity over the past twenty-five years, which has made little-known or neglected exegetical works on the Old Testament by patristic commentators from Antioch available in English. It will be gratefully used by students and scholars alike."

 - Pauline Allen, President of the International Association of Patristic Scholars



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p. 7

Antioch in translation

p. 11

1. “Facts, not wordplay” (Eustathius)

p. 13

Lucian’s Greek version

p. 15

History: in or of the text?

p. 21

Antioch’s distinct hermeneutic

p. 27

2. “What is prophecy?” 

p. 37

Prospective prophecy

p. 39

Primacy of the facts

p. 43

The preacher in his pulpit

p. 52

Balancing historical and spiritual

p. 59

3. Moses “prophet,” “composer,” “historian”

p. 65

Retrospective prophecy

p. 69

Chrysostom on Genesis

p. 74

Moses less a prophet than a compiler

p. 79

4. Annalists and Chroniclers

p. 85

Questions and answers

p. 87

Of kings and soldiers

p. 92

A more critical approach

p. 97

5. “The Divinely Inspired David”

p. 105

A Psalms commentary an obligation

p. 108

An accent on comprehension

p. 111

A history book approach

p. 113

Plumbing the Psalms’ religious depths

p. 118

6. Solomon and Other Sages

p. 129

The Song a spiritual book

p. 133

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes

p. 136

Meeting the sages at their own level

p. 141

Grasping the author’s purpose in Job

p. 146

7. Conclusion: Antioch’s contribution to biblical appreciation

p. 153


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172 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press



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9 x 6


Robert Charles Hil

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