By Marco Conti

The church fathers, as they did in prior books facing Israel's historical past from the time of Joshua to the united monarchy, came upon abundant fabric for typological and ethical interpretation in 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. As should be instantly transparent to readers of this quantity, they gave even more awareness to 1-2 Kings than to any of the opposite books addressed right here; even if this used to be because of a definite repetitiveness within the tale line or different purposes is uncertain. however the narratives of clever King Solomon, the development of the temple, the prophets Elijah and Elisha, and the fates of assorted trustworthy and untrue kings and different strong humans have been compatible to their purposes.

Among Greek commentators during this assortment, readers will locate Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Methodius, Eusebius of Caesarea, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Basil the good, Gregory of Nazianzus, John Chrysostom, Cyril of Alexandria, Theodoret of Cyr, Procopius of Gaza and John the Monk. between Latin commentators are Tertullian, Cyprian, Novatian, Lactantius, Ambrose, Jerome, Prudentius, Augustine, Paulinus of Nola, John Cassian, Peter Chrysologus, Maximus of Turin, Salvian the Presbyter, Fulgentius of Ruspe, Caesarius of Arles, Gregory the good, Bede and Rabanus Maurus. Syriac commentators comprise Aphrahat, Ephrem, Sahdona, Isaac of Nineveh and Isho'dad of Merv.

Together they set sooner than readers a desk of delights and theological insights, a few of that are right here on hand to English readers for the 1st time.

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