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by Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria. For nine hundred years one of the most beloved and widely read Scriptural commentaries among. The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew This classic Orthodox commentary of the New Testament was written in. : The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel Father Stade is to be commended for making Theophylact’s Commentary on.

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For one thophylact would certainly suffice a man who is hungry. Theophylact on December For Moses and Paul loved the Jews who were raging against them more than they loved themselves, and all the saints have loved their enemies.

So we, too, should do nothing apart from the will of God. There are many who say and believe that this is too grievous and severe a judgement. Blessed Theophylact displayed wisdom in his archpastoral decrees and applied them astutely.

You, O reader, understand that this passage also refers to human adversaries and that the Lord is exhorting us not to become entangled in lawsuits, lest we be distracted from doing the works of God. Work is underway to complete the English translation of his commentaries on the Belssed of Acts and the Epistles. And he called His name Jesus. Just as a mirror dommentary reflect images only if it is clean, so also only a pure soul admits the vision of God and the understanding of the Scriptures.

The Explanation of the Gospel According To St. Mark, by Blessed Theophylact of Ohrid

For if God adorned the lilies in such a manner, without any necessity to do so, how much more will He fulfill our own need for clothing? The theophyllact of Christ. Therefore, later commentators and Fathers, such as St. It is not to inform God of anything that we make our petitions, but instead, that we may detach ourselves from the cares of life and receive benefit by conversing with God. Theophylact’s commentaries on the Gospels were published in the original Greek in Rome inand had been published in Latin by both Catholic Porsena and Protestant Oecolampadius translators in the s.


Even the laymen entrusted with guarding it had fled, leaving it abandoned. John, however, enjoyed the confidence of only two emperors, Michael VII Doukaswho was removed from the throne inand Nikephoros III Botaneiates, who reigned until In the 20th century more attention has been given by historians to Bl.

For then you will theophylacy handed over for punishment so that you make an accounting for even the smallest transgressions. Editing, proofing, printing, encouragement and support was always near at hand, thanks most of all to Dr.

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Moreover, the rules of the Church require that Scripture should be understood as the holy Fathers explain it, and not at all arbitrarily. But the child drew its hand back into the womb and the other one was born first, followed by the one who had reached out its hand.

The devil appeared to Him visibly, for the Lord did not entertain any evil thoughts — far from it! Then they came to Jerusalem and He taught them through the prophet Micah that Christ was to be born in Bethlehem.

These two had been disciples of John, and while John was still living they had approached Christ. Mindful of the need for the wealth of Orthodox Scriptural commentary to be accessible in English, we offer this translation of Bl.

Although the elder was now dying, his persecutor stubbornly refused to give him any peace. Joseph was afraid to go into the land of Israel, that is, Judea, because Archelaus was similar to Herod, his father. And if you cannot save them, you will at least save yourself.

If, despite the efforts of these many individuals, there remain errors and flaws in this translation, there is only myself to blame. Theophylact writes with a tone of moderation rare for his time, urging from both sides a spirit of conciliation concerning matters of local custom. You see that hteophylact mentioned Judah and his brothers because the twelve tribes were from them.


His other extant works include letters and various homilies and orations, the Life of Clement of Ohrid known as Comprehensiveand other minor pieces.

Indeed I should, but with a right mind and not for show. This was to their destruction, that they put their trust in their noble lineage.

During the reign of Justinian the Greatthe diocese of Bulgaria had been granted autonomy by the patriarchate of Constantinople. Blessed Theophylact employs to perfection the commentary form introduced by St. Christ says, “It is I Who have kindled the light in you, but it is for you to labor zealously so that you do not extinguish that grace; in this way, the brightness of your life will shine upon others. Theophylact, for each passage of Scripture under consideration, would gather together the explanations and interpretations of the early Fathers.

But if you continue in your affection for them, both you and they will be destroyed. Blessed Theophylact received frequent reports about this from his bishops, who were unable to protect their own churches. If he drags you into court and harasses you, give him your cloak as well, and not only what he asks for.

Since the other evangelists had not mentioned the existence of God the Word from before the ages, John himself spoke the word of God, that is, theology, concerning this, so that no one would think that God the Word was a mere man, that is, without divinity.

How is it that Luke says that after the Lord was born, He completed the forty days, was held in the arms of Simeon, and then went down to Nazareth Lk.