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Tyconius’ Exposition of the Apocalypse
For decades scholars of early Christianity have awaited a reconstruction of Tyconius’ Expositio Apocalypseos (Exposition of the Apocalypse). Tyconius wrote it about 380 AD, but it did not survive in its entirety. Two fragments of it were found in Budapest and Turin, but they were incomplete and one shows evidence of interpolation. However, so many early medieval commentators on John’s Apocalypse made use of it, that patristic scholars believed that a fairly complete reconstruction was possible. Roger Gryson did just that in Vol. 107A of Corpus Christianorum Series Latina (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011)
Roger Gryson, ed., Tyconii Afri Expositio Apocalypseos. Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 107A. Turnhout: Brepols, 2011. Pp. 386. $341, cloth.
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Nerses of Lambron-Commentary on the Revelation of St. John
Nerses’ commentary, here translated from the Armenian language into English for the first time, is a twelfth-century adaptation of the Greek commentary on the Apocalypse of Andrew of Caesarea in Cappadocia composed in the seventh century. Nerses picked and chose from Andrew what he wanted to include and exclude, and often added his own commentary.
Nerses of Lambron. Commentary on the Revelation of Saint John. Translation of the Armenian Text, Notes, and Introduction by Robert W. Thomson. Hebrew University Armenian Studies 9. Lueven: Peeters, 2007. xi + 225 pages. $63.
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Apocalyptic Thought in Early Christianity
Fifteen scholars of early Christianity and art history contributed essays for this rich compilation of new research in patristic eschatology. The studies mainly focus upon communities and texts from Eastern Christianity.
Apocalyptic Thought in Early Christianity, Daly, Robert J., editor. Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009 Pp. 303.
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Martyrdom from Exegesis in Hippolytus: An Early Church Presbyter’s Commentary on Daniel
Shelton’s thesis is that Hippolytus, one of the first Christian authors of a continuous commentary on one book of Scripture, wrote the Commentary on Daniel to encourage his readers or auditors to patiently and bravely endure persecution even to the point of martyrdom.
Martyrdom from Exegesis in Hippolytus: An Early Church Presbyter’s Commentary on Daniel by W. Brian Shelton. Studies in Christian History and Thought. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2008, xiv + 178. £19.99, paper.
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Not Without Us: A Brief History of the Forgotten Catholic Doctrine of Predestination During the Semipelagian Controversy
In this review I shall provide an overview of the contents of the book including its purpose and conclusions, interact with its scholarship, and draw attention to its contributions to the study of the historical development of the doctrine of predestination.
Guido Stucco. Not Without Us: A Brief History of the Forgotten Catholic Doctrine of Predestination During the Semipelagian Controversy. Tuscon, AZ: Fenestra Books, 2006. 294 pp. Paper. ISBN: 1-58736-533-2. $21.95.
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