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Commentary on Zechariah (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 111)

Didymus the Blind

Publication Year: 2012

A disciple of Origen, whose work on Zechariah reached only to chapter five and is no longer extant, Didymus's commentary on this apocalyptic book illustrates the typically allegorical approach to the biblical text that we associate with Alexandria

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Abbreviations

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pp. vii-viii

Select Bibliography

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pp. ix-13

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Introduction

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pp. 1-26

We have Jerome to thank for the Commentary on the prophet Zechariah by Didymus, composed at his request by the illustrious Alexandrian scholar a decade before his death in 398.1 Despite the loss of his sight in early childhood, Didymus not only became a monk2 but also attained such eminence as a scholar, adversary of heretics, and...

Commentary on Zechariah

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pp. 27-40

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Commentary on Zechariah 1

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pp. 28-48

In the eighth month of the second year of the reign of Darius, a word of the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet, son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, in these terms (Zec 1.1). In the second year of the kingship of Darius, king of the Persians, in the eighth month of the second year of the ruler’s reign, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah, declaring that an awful wrath had come...

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Commentary on Zechariah 2

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pp. 49-65

I lifted up my eyes and saw, and, lo, a man with a measuring cord in his hand. I said to him, Where are you going? He replied to me, To measure Jerusalem to see what are its breadth and its length (Zec 2.1–2). It has often been mentioned before that people raise the eyes within them to understand the visions affecting them. In the same way as referred to, the prophet in this case also...

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Commentary on Zechariah 3

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pp. 66-83

The lord showed me Joshua the high priest standing before an angel of the Lord, and the devil standing at his right hand to oppose him (Zec 3.1–2). What God reveals is wonderful and extraordinary, and beyond human powers to perceive. This being so, God shows the prophet the high priest Joshua, not in a human manner but standing in a godly way before an angel of the Lord. It...

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Commentary on Zechariah 4

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pp. 84-99

The angel speaking in me approached and woke me in the way a person is woken from sleep, and said to me, What do you see? I replied, I see and, lo, a lampstand all of gold, on top of it a lamp, seven lights on top of it, seven spouts of the lights on top of it, and two olive trees above it, one on the right of its lamp and one on its left (Zec 4.1–3). The angel speaking in me moved from one revelation...

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Commentary on Zechariah 5

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pp. 100-111

I turned around, lifted up my eyes, and looked, and, lo, a scythe flying. He said to me, What do you see? I replied, I see a scythe flying, twenty cubits in length and ten cubits in breadth. He said to me, This is the curse that issues forth on the face of all the earth, because every thief will be punished from this point to the moment of death, and...

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Commentary on Zechariah 6

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pp. 112-132

I turned around, lifted up my eyes, and looked, and, lo, a scythe flying. He said to me, What do you see? I replied, I see a scythe flying, twenty cubits in length and ten cubits in breadth. He said to me, This is the curse that issues forth on the face of all the earth, because every thief will be punished from this point to the moment of death, and...

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Commentary on Zechariah 7

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pp. 133-154

In the fourth year of King Darius the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. The king sent Sharezer and Arbeseer to Bethel, and his men with him, to placate the Lord, telling the priests in the house of the Lord almighty and the prophets, Sanctification was initiated here in the fifth month, as I have already...

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Commentary on Zechariah 8

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pp. 155-201

The word of the lord almighty came to me saying, The Lord almighty says this: I am jealous for Jerusalem and Sion with a great jealousy, and am jealous for it with a great anger. The Lord says this: I shall turn back to Sion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; Jerusalem will be called a true city, and the mountain of the Lord almighty a holy mountain (Zec 8.1–3). The text cited is explained in this way: The...

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Commentary on Zechariah 9

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pp. 202-230

In oracle of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach and Damascus,1 because the Lord surveys human beings and all the tribes of Israel, and Hamath in its borders (Zec 9.1–2). In their role as ministers of the divine word, the saints receive it from the God who gives it as though they are divinely possessed so as to proclaim knowledge of the future, according to the [apostle]...

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Commentary on Zechariah 10

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pp. 231-252

Ask from the lord timely rain, early and late. The Lord caused visions and winter rain, and will give to each one a plant in the field.1 Because the diviners spoke of trouble and the seers spoke of false visions and false dreams, they offered empty consolation. Hence they dried up like sheep, and were abused because there was no healing. My...

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Commentary on Zechariah 11

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pp. 253-285

The godly sage who has an intellect that is developed and very focused “understands a proverb, obscure discourse, sayings of clever men, and riddles.” Words that make announcements in a hidden manner are riddles. The text of the prophet before us, for example, is phrased in the manner of a riddle and proposes an obscure teaching .l.l. There is a riddle in the...

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Commentary on Zechariah 12

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pp. 286-306

In oracle of the word of the Lord on Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out heaven, lays the foundation of earth, and forms a spirit of a human being in it: Lo, I am making Jerusalem like a shaken threshold for all the peoples round about and in Judah; there will be a siege against Jerusalem. On that day I shall make Jerusalem a stone trodden on by all the nations; everyone who treads on it...

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Commentary on Zechariah 13

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pp. 307-318

On that day every place will be open in the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem for transformation and aspersion (Zec 13.1). On that day—a term already frequently commented on—this is what will happen in addition to the other events: every place will be opened in the house of David in Jerusalem, a transformation occurring with a view to a godly aspersion. Now, the place...

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Commentary on Zechariah 14

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pp. 319-360

Lo, days of the lord are coming, when your plunder will be divided in your midst. I shall assemble all the nations against Jerusalem to battle; the city will be taken, the houses ransacked, and the women defiled; half of the city will go off in captivity, but the remainder of my people will not perish from the city (Zec 14.1–2). There is reference to days of the Lord when harsh and punitive actions are taken on...

Indices

General Index

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pp. 361-376

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 364-372


E-ISBN-13: 9780813212111
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813201115

Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: The Fathers of the church ;

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