Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

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J. Robert Wright, Thomas C. Oden
InterVarsity Press, Apr 8, 2005 - Religion - 464 pages
Among the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon were all thought by the early church fathers to have derived from the hand of Solomon. To their minds the finest wisdom about the deeper issues of life prior to the time of God's taking human form in Jesus Christ was to be found in these books. As in all the Old Testament they were quick to find types and intimations of Christ and his church which would make the ancient Word relevant to the Christians of their day. Of extant commentaries on Ecclesiastes none is so profound as the eight homilies of Gregory of Nyssa, even though they cover only the first three chapters of the book. Joining Gregory among those most frequently excerpted in this volume are Augustine, Ambrose, Gregory the Great, Origen, John Cassian, John Chrysostom, Athanasius, Bede the Venerable and Jerome. Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil the Great and Cyril of Jerusalem lead a cast of other less frequently cited fathers, and then there remains a large cast of supporting players, some of whose work is translated here into English for the first time. This volume edited by J. Robert Wright thus offers a rich trove of wisdom on Wisdom for the enrichment of the church today.
 

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An excellent compendium of comments made by early Christians regarding or involving Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Comments are provided from various individuals from the 2nd century ... Read full review

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Through death of body and also shutting off the mental obsessive tendencies that are "somewhat" engraved or beveled. You live with your invisible soul-the. Progressing in love and straying away from perfection you become One...whole.
Not divided by self..
An integer..
Integrity or better yet..Integrous..and aggressively engaged in Self..
Man or Woman...
But all children of God or a Creator..or Whatever You make your God..
As for me..Aaron...I know only of God the one who has given me strength and wisdom...
Shelter and guidance...and most of all Love... 👨🚀Ag
 

Contents

COMMENTARY ON ECCLESIASTES
190
COMMENTARY ON SONG OF SOLOMON
286
EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS AND
369
OF THE PATRISTIC PERIOD
380
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS IN ORIGINAL LANGUAGES
397

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Volume editor J. Robert Wright (D.Phil., Oxford University) is St. Mark's Professor of Ecclesiastical History at General Theological Seminary in New York. He has written or edited several books focused on history and spirituality in the Episcopal Church, including Handbook of American Orthodoxy, Prayer Book Spirituality, A Communion of Communions and Lift High the Cross. General editor Thomas C. Oden recently retired as the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. In addition to serving as general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, he is the author of many theological works, including a three-volume systematic theology.

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