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Glaphyra on the Pentateuch / St. Cyril of Alexandria ; translated by Nicholas P. Lunn (Spurgeon's College) ; with introduction by Gregory K. Hillis (Bellarmine University).

Author/creator Cyril, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria, approximately 370-444 author.
Other author/creatorLunn, Nicholas P., translator.
Other author/creatorHillis, Gregory K., 1975- writer of introduction.
Included WorkContainer of (expression): Cyril, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria, approximately 370-444. Glaphyra in Pentateuchum. English (Lunn)
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : The Catholic University of America Press, [2018]-[2019]
Copyright Notice ©2018
Description2 volumes ; 22 cm.
Series Fathers of the Church: a new translation ; volume 137-138
Fathers of the church ; v. 137-138. ^A512034
Contents v. 1. Genesis -- v. 2. Exodus through Deuteronomy
Abstract Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 376-444) is best known for his defense of orthodoxy at the time of the Nestorian controversy over the nature of Christ. However, by far the larger part of Cyril's literary output consisted of commentaries on books of both Old and New Testaments, written before the Christological debate was sparked off in 428. One of these works, of major proportions, was the so-called Glaphyra ("elegant comments") on the Pentateuch. This comprises a total of thirteen separate "books," or volumes: seven on Genesis, three on Exodus, and one each on Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The comments primarily concern the narrative portions of the Pentateuch, hence the greater space given to Genesis, though a number of the legal prescriptions are also treated. Cyril's treatment of these books is published here for the first time in English translation. Cyril's aims within the commentary are both theological and pastoral. His chosen method begins with a consideration of the historia. Here the Alexandrian patriarch deals with the text at the literal level. At this stage he explains any historical, cultural, and at times even linguistic and textual issues presented within the passage, which is then followed by some theological instruction or lessons of a more practical nature based upon the literal interpretation. The exposition then moves on to the theoria. This is Cyril's preferred term for the contemplation of the spiritual sense, that is to say, the mystery of Christ which he firmly held lay hidden beneath the surface of the Old Testament text. With great adeptness and consistency Cyril identifies elements within the ancient narratives as figures, or "types and shadows," of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Church, and the teachings of the gospel.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references.
Other formsAlso available in electronic format.
LanguageText in English, translated from the original Greek; introduction and notes in English.
Issued in other formElectronic version: St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. Cyril. Glaphyra on the Pentateuch, Volume 1. Washington, D. C. : Catholic University of America Press, 2019 9780813231327
Genre/formEarly works.
LCCN 2018024041
ISBN9780813231310 volume 1 hardcover
ISBN0813231310 volume 1 hardcover
ISBN9780813231617 volume 2 hardcover
ISBN0813231612 volume 2 hardcover
ISBNelectronic bk.
ISBNelectronic bk.

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