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Ancient Christian Commentary, 29 Vols. for e-Sword

Tom C. Oden, Editor
Intervarsity Press


5 Stars

An unparalleled resource for Scriptural understanding, personal inspiration, and informed teaching and preaching - 29 print volumes!

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture does what very few of today's students of the Bible could do for themselves. The vast array of writings from the church fathers—including many that are available only in the ancient languages—have been combed for their comments on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand-selected material for each Bible book, shaping, annotating and introducing it to today's readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.

The ACCS includes commentary by the church fathers on all sixty-six books of the Bible and the Apocrypha, and covers the period from Clement of Rome (second century) to John of Damascus (mid-eighth century). Rendering the ancient Greek, Latin, Coptic and Syriac writings in a lucid English translation allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred page of Scripture. The ACCS also includes introductions by world-renowned patristics scholars, and biographical sketches of the ancient writers.

ACCS volumes included:

1. Genesis 1–11, ed. Andrew Louth
2. Genesis 12–50, ed. Mark Sheridan
3. Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, ed. Joseph T. Lienhard
4. Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, ed. John R. Franke
5. 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, ed. Marco Conti
6. Job, ed. Manlio Simonetti and Marco Conti
7. Psalms 1–50, ed. Craig A. Blaising and Carmen S. Hardin
8. Psalms 51–150, ed. Quentin F. Wesselschmidt
9. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, ed. J. Robert Wright
10. Isaiah 1–39, ed. Steven A. McKinion
11. Isaiah 40–66, ed. Mark W. Elliott
12. Jeremiah, Lamentations, ed. Dean O. Wenthe
13. Ezekiel, Daniel, ed. Kenneth Stevenson and Michael Glerup
14. The Twelve Prophets, ed. Alberto Ferreiro
15. Apocrypha, ed. Sever J. Voicu
1a. Matthew 1–13, ed. Manlio Simonetti
1b. Matthew 14–28, ed. Manlio Simonetti
2. (2nd Ed.), Mark, ed. Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall
3. Luke, ed. Arthur A. Just Jr.
4a. John 1–10, ed. Joel C. Elowsky
4b. John 11–21, ed. Joel C. Elowsky
5. Acts, ed. Francis Martin
6. (2nd Ed.), Romans, ed. Gerald Bray
7. (2nd Ed.), 1-2 Corinthians, ed. Gerald Bray
8. (2nd Ed.), Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, ed. Mark J. Edwards
9. Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, ed. Peter Gorday
10. Hebrews, ed. Erik M. Heen and Philip D. W. Krey
11. James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude, ed. Gerald Bray
12. Revelation, ed. William C. Weinrich


"The conspectus of patristic exposition that this series offers has been badly needed for several centuries, and the whole Christian world should unite to thank IVP for undertaking to fill the gap. For the ongoing ecumenical conversation, and the accurate application of early Christian thought, and the current hermeneutical debate as well, the Ancient Christian Commentary will prove itself to be a really indispensable resource." —J. I. Packer, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College

"For those who think that church history began around A.D. 1941, when their pastor was born, this commentary will be a great surprise. Christians throughout the centuries have read the biblical text and nursed their spirits with it and then applied it to their lives. These commentaries reflect that the witness of the Holy Spirit was present in his church throughout the centuries. As a result, we can profit by allowing the ancient Christians to speak to us today." —Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture fills a long overdue need for scholars and students of the church fathers. Professor Oden has pulled together a sterling team of scholars to provide for all of us fresh translations of the Latin and Greek texts of the fathers relating to their interpretation of the Bible and Apocrypha. Such information will prove immeasurable to those of us who have felt inundated by contemporary interpreters and novel theories of the biblical text. We welcome some new insight from the ancient authors in the early centuries of the church. Many thanks to Thomas Oden and the other editors for this unparalleled work which will be the standard for generations."—H. Wayne House, Distinguished Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Faith Seminary

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Ancient Christian Commentary, 29 Vols. for e-Sword
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5 stars
Reviewed by (Robert Briggs, Baxter, TN, United States) - This is an excellent and HUGE resource, especially for those of you who are Catholic and Orthodox. It is probably over 10 thousand pages of comments if it was printed.

5 stars
Ancient Christian (6/9/2023)
Reviewed by (Ventura Ruiz, LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States) - This commentary is a wonderful tool to have if you want to know the fathers of the church way of thinking on a determined Scriptures.

5 stars
Ancient Christian Commentary, 29 Vols. for e-Sword - C0023 (8/15/2022)
Reviewed by (Larry Cates, Magnolia, Tx, US) - Wonderful addition to My E-Sword collection, Going back and reading the thoughts of our ancient forefathers is a treasure! Can be a great help in study & further understand Gods word,I would certainly recommend this rich collection to all.

4 stars
Reviewed by (Perry Richerson, Belvidere, il, United States) - I find that even obscure passages have helpful commentary for understanding the text. I am unfamiliar with some of the church fathers' names and dates; however, I am learning them as I go. Google helps in knowing when they lived and wrote and also some of what they are famous for.

5 stars
Truly a magnificent commentary (6/9/2022)
Reviewed by (ANDREW 1, Thornhill, ON, CA) -

Absolutely one of the most brilliant, fascinating and comprehensive commentaries on the Bible. Shows the wide diversity and originality of thought among the Church Fathers in their individual understanding and application of the Bible to our own lives.

5 stars
Church Fathers Commentaries (2/5/2022)
Reviewed by (Steve Tobey, Phelps, NY, US) - This is a great product to see the input that the Church Fathers had on Scripture

5 stars
What did the early church thing. (1/3/2022)
Reviewed by (Bill Meredith, Hemet, CA, US) - I purchased the Ancient Commentaries just after Christmas. I have enjoyed reading what they wrote at the beginning of the church age. Especially now that we are at the end and our soon coming precious Lord Jesus. As I read I saw how some ideas of interrupting came to the front. They just did not know what we know today. Especially in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Like all commentaries be aware of the doctrine you are reading.

5 stars
One God's invaluable treasure (1/12/2021)
Reviewed by (ARISTOTLE PAPADATOS, ?THENS, ATTIKI, GREECE) - The best book I have ever bought so far! It's an absolutely needed companion to everybody faithful Christian who desires to deepen himself into the Bible's knowledge and get know with our Lord Savior Jesus Christ.

5 stars
Ancient Christian Commentary, 29 Vols. for e-Sword (8/15/2020)
Reviewed by (Joan Jenkins, Henderson, Ky, US) -

I have used this reference several times and like the contents.

5 stars
Remembering church history (8/15/2020)
Reviewed by (Rodney Nantz, Olney, Texas, US) - The Ancient Christian Commentary is a resource that every Pastor must have. We very often forget those who laid a firm foundation for us as Christians and also many who lost their lives for the faith. Reading the quotes are a good way to help us always remember those who went before us and the time period they lived in. This commentary also allows you to see the consistency of teaching throughout church history and will help guide you to a proper interpretation of each passage you are studying. In a time that seems as if the church is becoming weaker from a moral stand point, this commentary will remind you the God is the One who orchestrates humans history and will have the final say concerning each generation. Rodney Nantz

5 stars
Was Hesitant To Buy (5/14/2020)
Reviewed by (hal nonyurbiz, Norman, OK, US) - Thought it might be too dry or too scholarly for my needs. Wrong. Illuminating, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable to read, I regret not a cent. Great for meditation or even as part of a daily devotional. And it's a good commentary. Dated, but timeless - reads well, as though written in English today. Love it.

3 stars
Ancient commentary (7/27/2019)
Reviewed by (Drue Mc Laughlin, Nhulunbuy, NT, Australia) - The commentary is a little interpretive from the sense of the particular editor..this can be problematic when seeking more general and blanket statements..in that sense it is in my opinion lacking what could be a greater breadth..it is a very expensive commentary especially since the Aussie dollar is slipping against the green back..but over all it does bear a witness of sorts to the ancient fathers!

5 stars
one of the best commentaries (3/10/2019)
Reviewed by (David Culver, Mesa, AZ, US) - This collection has really helped me understand how the earliest Christians believed and revealed the strength of their faith as found within the words of holy scripture.

5 stars
Excellent P (8/14/2018)
Reviewed by (Purchase THAYASEELAN, Wembley, Middlesex, United Kingdom) - An absolute gold mine. I am so glad That I bought this product. Thank God it is in an electronic form. Just imagine digging through 29 volumes. So much information it is mind boggling. Excellent purchase

5 stars
Excellent (8/14/2018)
Reviewed by (Roger Greising, Exton, Pa, Chester Ancient) - Ancient Christian commentary has proven to be an excellent source for getting to know GODS Word and growing through it

4 stars
Ancient Christians (8/14/2018)
Reviewed by (James Stoner, Tucson, AZ, US) - At First it was hard to read until I realized These were ancient writers interpretation. Once you realize this I suggest Google them so you know who they are.

5 stars
AWESOME (8/14/2018)
Reviewed by (ANDREW JACKSON, Roslyn, PA, US) - Very resourceful. Helps me to understand the geography, context, and history of the Bible so that I can comprehend and apply it more accurately.

5 stars
Reviewed by (Mike Lathim, Redmond, Washington, US) - I am teaching a class on applying the Minor Prophets to Revelation. Using this commentary as an additional source has helped immensely.

5 stars
Reviewed by (Louis Hulsey, Gilbert, Arizona, US) - This commentary gives me a valuable picture of the thoughts of the Early Church. It motivates me to connect the dots of events and thoughts of the Church Fathers.

4 stars
Ancient Commentary review (12/15/2017)
Reviewed by (Scott Phillips, Orlando, FL, US) - I have already used this commentary as part of my Sunday School study for Faith Free Will Church on Acts. Although I have 15 other electronic commentaries and 4 hard copy, not included in the electronic, this version contains information not in any of the others. After more use I might be able to upgrade this to a 5 star version but there is more to discover about it before going that far.

4 stars
Still Learning (12/15/2017)
Reviewed by (Wayne Funderburg, Quinnesec, Michigan, US) - This looks like it will be a great program. I would probably give it a 5 if I was better at working with e-sword. I still have much to learn about all the possibilities that there is in E-Sword. I have enjoyed using the AC Commentaries , along with some of the other commentaries. I like being able to see what some of the old theologians had to say about the text. I'm just a layman in the church but if I was a pastor, I believe I would refer to these much of the time in my message preparation.

5 stars
Tremendous Insights! (2/9/2017)
Reviewed by (Richard Hinderliter, Las Cruces, NM, US) - I love being able to easily review what Church Fathers have to say about Sacred Scripture. Why so I place so much emphasis on Church Fathers vs. present day theologians? The Church Fathers were 1500 years or more closer to the time Christ walked the earth and gave us God's Word. Not distorted by modernism, society so long demanding that we should soften the Christian Word and so forth. In other words, we have an opportunity to gain from insights that have not been distorted or twisted by current degrading societies. I am not denouncing current theologians -- there are many very good, sound ones. I am saying that I want yet another insight from the times much closed to when Christ was physically with us sharing Divine Revelation.

5 stars
Great Value (2/9/2017)
Reviewed by (Herbert Storck, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) -

I bought Ancient Christian Commentary for the collection of early church opinions and the price. E-Sword offers the best price I could find for this series of resources. It is good to see that e-Sword is not all about the profit. This has made it more affordable to replace my physical book collection, much of which I have donated to a local Bible college, with digital versions as well as allowed me to expand my collection. It is very handy to have a ready-to-hand collection that embodies the evolution of different opinions about the Old and New Testament among the early church leaders. It highlights the, at times, all too human aspect of Biblical interpretation.

5 stars
My Entry (11/12/2016)
Reviewed by (KYU KANG, BERGENFIELD, New Jersey, U.S.) - Very helpfull in my spiritual growth.

5 stars
Fantastic Resource - Superior Price (8/7/2016)
Reviewed by (Dennis McFadden, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States) - The recent revival of interest in the historic interpretation of the Scriptures from the early centuries after its founding, coupled with a growing awareness of the sterility of the excessively critical and analytical "slice and dice" method of much contemporary biblical scholarship, gave rise to this magnificent 29 vol. series. Here you see the loving treatment of the Bible as the book of the Church, to be interpreted and applied by believing minds and hearts by some of Christianity's greatest thinkers and preachers. Until now, one could either shell out more than a $1,000 to purchase the set in paper or obtain it in digital form for up to $385. eStudySource does the Body of Christ a significant service by making such excellent resources available for a fraction of the costs from other sources.

5 stars
Excellent Bible Study Resource (1/22/2016)
Reviewed by (Robert Hosken, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) - The ACCS is a commentary series that is worth its weight in gold! The treasures of the Ancient Church Fathers' comments on the Scriptures are inestimable.

5 stars
Useful (1/22/2016)
Reviewed by (Richard Sanchez, San Antonio, Texas, US) - I have a library full of books that I use for Bible study and sermon preparation. I am finding that this set of commentaries will always be a part of my research. I like to know what the early church fathers thought about a particular verse.

5 stars
Pastor (10/20/2015)
Reviewed by (James Lowery, Stuart, FL, US) - I have been fascinated by the information in this Commentary. Rather than spending a lot of time finding out what the early Church Fathers thought it is at ones finger tips on ever verse practically. I am certainly enjoying my research building sermons.

5 stars
Excellent Commentary (10/20/2015)
Reviewed by (John Quigley, Brackettville, Texas, US) - This commentary gives a glimpse into the thinking of the early Church, and also the wonderful scholarship of these men as they lead the Church through troubling times. Truly enjoy reading their thoughts and knowledge of the writings of the scriptures.

5 stars
Excellent source! (7/3/2015)
Reviewed by (Ray Sheehan, Lewisville, TX, US) - Have always wanted a source such as this, comments and interpretations from the early Church Fathers, many of whom knew Apostles or others who had seen The Lord Jesus Himself. Their understanding of the works and words of the New Testament writers gives wonderful insight, and this well-edited source provides the information well. Would highly recommend to any Bible student.

5 stars
Review of ACC (1/6/2015)
Reviewed by (Murray Woodfield, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand) - An excellent commentary and I am sure I will use it a lot - it is useful for understanding the source of some, so called, modern ideas. Many are not really modern at all!

5 stars
wisdom (12/9/2014)
Reviewed by (Charles Bean, morganton, North Carolina, United States) - not really what I was expecting, although not sure what I was expection. However, it is a great addition to my other commentaries for study

5 stars
Excellent (12/9/2014)
Reviewed by (Kevin Hedlund, Hilo, HI, United states of america) - Just like the commentries

5 stars
Going back in time (12/9/2014)
Reviewed by (Philippe Schirm, London, Anerley, United Kingdom) - Such an amazing work that helps to connect with the thinking of the church in its most broader way: back in history that challenges our modern thought!

5 stars
IVP Bible Background (10/29/2014)
Reviewed by (Karl Mantl, Bruce, WI, US) - Very good study tool to have.

4 stars
A Good Mixutre of Commentary Views (10/29/2014)
Reviewed by (Rodney Chand, San Jose, CA, US) - I own 90% of all E-Sword paid modules and must say that the Ancient Christian Commentary is very interesting as it provides comments from different Church Fathers on passages of the Bible. I suppose being penned originally in the Greek they understood the context better than us when it comes to what was implied in the original language. So while it's not an exhaustive verse by verse commentator's view for each Church Father, it does have the necessary mix which is needy for research and good homilies. If you're like me and really need to exegetic every verse when preparing sermons than I highly suggest this.

5 stars
Immediately became my eSword fvaorite (10/29/2014)
Reviewed by (William Hart, Arlington, TX, United States) - I have all the e-Sword commentaries and the ACCS immediately became the first commentary I look at now when I open a scripture passage. I like it so much I quickly paid $300 for the Logos version for my son. As a minister he is studious and he reported that these commentaries are REALLY good. I will add, that until I started reading from the ACCS, I didn't know Augustine had a sense of humor.

5 stars
Fathers of Scripture (10/19/2014)
Reviewed by (Bruce Challoner, Lara, Victoria, Australia) - Having the Old Testament series in books, it's great to have them all now available at the push of a button on my PC/ipad. There is a gold mine on what the early Church Fathers said on particular passages. This resource is normally not used in private study or sermon preparation due to the many books required to reference from. Now all are available to allow us to know what was said in the first few hundred years as the early church established itself. This is a priceless addition for anyone wanting to know the mind of the early saints. Don't miss it!

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