Saint Cyril of Alexandria: Commentary on the Twelve Minor Prophets, Volume 1 [Hardback]

Robert C. Hill (Translator)

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ISBN: 9780813201153 | Published by: Catholic University of America Press | Year of Publication: 2012 | Language: English 317p,




Saint Cyril of Alexandria: Commentary on the Twelve Minor Prophets, Volume 1

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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.

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