Isaiah: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators

Werner Lategan


To a large extent, patristic and medieval modes of exegesis and interpretation of
Scripture remain an unfamiliar and inaccessible world for most faith communities.
The Church’s Bible commentary series attempts to change this situation, and
is designed “to present Holy Scripture as understood and interpreted during the first
millennium of Christian history.” (p. x) As such it wants to disseminate the richness
of the Church’s classical tradition of interpretation to a broader church based
audience. This objective is commendable, but one might gain the impression that
the nature of the book’s content does not quite gel with its supposed audience –
particularly since the scope of its supposed audience is not entirely clear. To date
this series also includes volumes on The Song of Songs and 1 Corinthians. Apart
from the main commentary section, the Isaiah volume also includes rather short
introductions to the interpretation of the Old Testament in the early church, as well
as the Christian interpretation of Isaiah. Also included is a preface to the
commentary section on Isaiah, which entails some excerpts from introductions to
ancient commentaries on Isaiah, New Testament passages, and references to Isaiah
in early Christian writings. Two appendixes (authors of works excerpted and
sources of texts translated), and indexes of names, subjects and Scripture
references complete the volume.

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