Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus imperfectum)

Ancient Christian Texts

Volume 1

Translated by James A. Kellerman
Edited by Thomas C. Oden

Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus imperfectum)
hardcover
  • Length: 213 pages
  • Published: May 2010
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2901-9
  • Item Code: 2901
  • Case Quantity: 10

In the translator's introduction to this volume, James Kellerman relates the following story:

As Thomas Aquinas was approaching Paris, a fellow traveler pointed out the lovely buildings gracing that city. Aquinas was impressed, to be sure, but he sighed and stated that he would rather have the complete Incomplete Commentary on Matthew than to be mayor of Paris itself.

Thomas's affection for the work attests its great popularity during the Middle Ages, despite its significant missing parts--everything beyond the end of Matthew 25, with further gaps of Matthew 8:11--10:15 and 13:14--18:35. Despite the gaps what remains is quite lengthy, so much so that we offer the work in two volumes, comprising fifty-four homilies. While the early-fifth-century author displays a few Arian propensities in a handful of passages, for the most part the commentary is moral in nature and therefore orthodox and generic. The unknown author, who for several centuries was thought to be John Chrysostom, follows the allegorizing method of the Alexandrians, but not by overlooking the literal meaning. His passion, above all, is to set forth the meaning of Matthew's Gospel for his readers.

Here for the first time this ancient work is made available in English, ably translated by James A. Kellerman and edited by Thomas C. Oden.

CONTENTS


General Introduction
Abbreviations
Translator's Introduction
Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus impefectum)
Scripture Index

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Thomas C. Oden (1931–2016), was a pioneering theologian and served as the architect and general editor for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, the first full-scale early Christian commentary on Scripture in the last five hundred years. He was also the general editor of the Ancient Christian Doctrine series and the Ancient Christian devotionals, as well as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity.

Oden’s self-described mission was “to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity.” A prolific writer and seasoned teacher, Oden also served as the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, and was active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church.

Find out about Tom Oden's work with the Center for Early African Christianity.

Read IVP's press release: Thomas C. Oden, a Dynamic Figure in 20th and 21st Century Christianity, Dies.

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