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Theodoret of Cyrus: The Questions of the Octateuch, Volume 1: On Genesis and Exodus
Hill, Robert†C.
Petruccione, John†F., editor

Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2007 pp. civ + 345. $29.95

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Library of Early Christianity, 1


Description: Shortly before his death (ca. 460), as his health was failing, Theodoret decided to undertake a monumental project of exegesis. In the more than two decades of his episcopacy, he had commented on both the prophets and the sapiential literature of the Hebrew Scriptures. Now he would expound the historical books. For his commentary on the Octateuch, he adopted the format of question and answer. This device allowed the expositor to focus attention on particularly challenging passages that could give rise to misunderstanding. Long experience had taught him that "careless reading of holy Scripture is the cause of error among ordinary people." Intimately acquainted with every detail of the text, well-informed about contemporary Judaism, and steeped in the works of previous interpreters, he makes his way through a massive body of text with concision, a sure sense for the significant and the controversial, and a thoughtful moderation respectful of the accomplishments of Alexandrian, as well as Antiochene, biblical scholarship.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Early Christian Literature, Literature

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Review by Randall L. McKinion
Published 12/20/2008
Citation: Randall L. McKinion, review of Robert†C. Hill, translation with introduction and commentary; Greek text revised by John F. Petruccione, Theodoret of Cyrus: The Questions of the Octateuch, Volume 1: On Genesis and Exodus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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