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These are the first two volumes published in the "Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture" series intended for educated laity and the clergy, which aims to introduce the reader to the church fathers and their exegesis of the Bible. The scope of Mark is impressive and the format generally easy to use. It presents the gospel in its entirety in the Revised Standard Version, with each passage followed by an overview of selected comments from the church fathers of the first seven centuries and then by the full comments themselves. To find these comments, the editors ran computerized searches of the whole body of patristic literature in Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Coptic; comments are limited to the church fathers, including nothing from the Arians or Gnostics, for example. Individual passages are fully referenced for easy location in the original, but while there is a list of writers at the end, there is no list of their works. From the appendix, it appears that far more passages were omitted than included, and a list of omitted passages would have been useful. Hall (biblical and theological studies, Eastern Coll.) has written a useful introduction to the series. He discusses the methods used by the church fathers in their exegesis of scripture, concentrating on Athanasius, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil the Great, and John Chrysostom in the East and Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great in the West, then moving back in time to their predecessors. Again, no references are made to those outside mainstream Christianity. Little is said about rabbinic or philosophical influences on the church fathers' methods, and one might wish that the influence of the New Testament, and its use of the Old, had been more fully explored. Nevertheless, this book is thorough and informative on the methods and controversies of the church fathers. For public, academic, and church libraries.?Michael S. Borries, CUNY
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. . .an accessible introduction to both the Church Fathers and their exegesis. [O]verall this is a solid introduction to some of the major Church Fathers of the East and West. I believe that anyone interested in Patristic exegesis would do well to begin with this volume. (Nick Norelli, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, June 13, 2008)See all Editorial Reviews
This book is far better than one would think at first. Written in an engaging style with a clarity that is often lacking in academic works makes this very enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott King
Well reasoned and illustrated corrective to the modern myopic outlook on "the meaning" of the Bible..Published 6 months ago by sdr
The book turned out much better than I expected it to be. The author avoided anachronisms and the scope of the text, while very limited, skillfully outlined the Church Fathers'... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jacob
In this work, Hall introduces the novice reader to patristics by means of the eight Great Doctors of the Church and the major schools on interpretation at Alexandria and Antioch. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jon Burnett
I have read the church fathers some, but not nearly enough. After reading Hall's book I want to study them more in depth. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Audrey Beth Davis
This is a wonderful book. It opened my eyes to the Christian writers of the third to sixth centuries. Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Ferrell Foster
I bought this book after attending the Oxford Patristics Conference. There I became very aware that the study of the Church Fathers was something that many Christians were... Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I interviewed Hall on this book. He has done a terrific job in showcasing the insight, brilliance, and edification of the Church Fathers. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by David George Moore