By Robert Hill
Diodore of Tarsus presided over the Antiochene university of interpretation in its heyday. In his sole surviving exegetical paintings at the outdated testomony he formulated the foundations of examining Scripture taught in that faculty. to be had right here for the 1st time in English is Diodore’s observation on Psalms 1–51, with Robert C. Hill’s insightful notes on Diodore’s exegesis of the Psalter. It was once from their mentor Diodore that later Antiochenes Chrysostom, Theodore, and Theodoret derived the precise ideas underlying the theology that figured prominently in debate and controversy within the fourth and 5th centuries. Patristic students and scholars of the Psalms glance to the method of the nice jap commentators as an immense improvement within the historical past of exegesis, Christology, morality and spirituality and should locate this translation a useful asset.
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Extra info for Diodore of Tarsus: Commentary of Psalms 1-51 (Writings from the Greco-Roman World)
12): embrace sound teaching and do not forsake such reasonable behavior. Since his wrath is enkindled in a flash, blessed are all who trust in him: wrath is destined to take possession of all the transgressors, while you will then appreciate my advice when wrath overtakes human affairs whereas you are proof against this experience by taking the initiative to hope in the savior. (17) 5 Jer 18:6. 10 DIODORE OF TARSUS Such, then, is the second psalm. 6 The number of one hundred and fifty, however, is preserved in the ninth: the ninth psalm is divided by it into two, whereas in our text it is kept as one whole one.
The pupils have not left us an introduction to their commentaries in which they may have exposed their exegetical and hermeneutical principles; and in the preface left by the bishop of Cyrus we do not recognize the magisterial figure seen in master Diodore. It has to be admitted on the basis of this work that he was clearly not a textual critic even of their standard; he was unable to impart to them a knowledge of the language of the Psalms’ composition, and seems not to have had available, or troubled to access, a copy of the Hexapla to supplement the shortcomings of his local Antiochene Septuagint text (which, nevertheless, he further illus65 Rowan Greer makes no reference to this work in building a case (against Alois Grillmeier) for Diodore’s Christology to be seen as truly Antiochene (“The Antiochene Christology of Diodore of Tarsus,” JTS NS 17 : 327–41).
5 But when they were later baked hard in the wrong shape and from clay turned into pots, he threatens them with being smashed beyond repair. So what follows? The author now recommends to everyone what is to their advantage in the words, Kings, now take heed; be instructed, all who judge the earth (v. 10): so learn, everyone of any prominence throughout the earth, what God has decreed. To do what? Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice in him with trembling (v. 11): submit to him, serving with joy, happy in the rightness of your submission.