Fulfilling a longing for the early church

A commentary dedicated to allowing ancient Christian exegetes to speak for themselves will refrain from the temptation to fixate endlessly upon contemporary criticism. Rather, it will stand ready to provide textual resources from a distinguished history of exegesis which has remained massively inaccessible and shockingly disregarded during the last century . . . the multicultural, multilingual, transgenerational resources of the early ecumenical Christian tradition. . . . The preached word in our time has remained largely bereft of previously influential patristic inspiration. Recent scholarship has so focused attention upon post-Enlightenment historical and literary methods that it has left this longing largely unattended and unserviced. . . . Intrinsically an ecumenical project, this series is designed to serve Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox lay, pastoral, and scholarly audiences. — from the “General Introduction” to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Taken from Mark (ACCS) ©2005 edited by Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426. www.ivpress.com

By Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #129 in 2019]

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