Commentary on the Twelve Prophets, Volume 1 (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 115)
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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The identification of Cyril with Alexandria in Egypt arises particularly from his election to the see on the death of his uncle Theophilus in 412. At the midpoint of his episcopate in Alexandria, which lasted till his death in 444, there occurred the event that would affect the whole church of the east and embroil Cyril in theological controversy, ...
Commentary on the Twelve Prophets
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Commentary on the Prophet Hosea
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One might think it somewhat superfluous and rash, not to say hardly vital, to endeavor to poke around, as it were, among the previous comments of many writers and make a contribution in addition to the labors of my predecessors. 1 And this despite their being quite capable of adequately clarifying the compositions of the holy prophets.2 ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter One
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Blessed Hosea then, is prophesying in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Achaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel. While the period of prophecy is understood as taking its development up to this point, my view is that a clear explanation should now be given of the events in each case, ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Two
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It was very necessary to add this to what had been already said: since he had said that they would all be under a single government, with no further division or separation leading to disharmony, with concord prevailing, and with faith in Christ bringing everyone together in unity of spirit, ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Three
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There is need once more to study what is meant by the incident, or the mystery; I believe there is a responsibility to get below the surface and (82) scrutinize it in detail. After the former woman, who was licentious and bold, there is presented to the prophet another woman who was involved in crimes of adultery. ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Four
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There is need for us in our wish to clarify the sense of the text to recapitulate, as it were, what was said initially, and summarize the whole gist of the prophecy, so to speak. As far as possible, then, this is what I have to say in summarizing: there was a “Beginning of the word of the Lord to Hosea.” 1 ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Five
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He had accused Judah of proving to be a “blast of wind” for Israel in the way just explained by us. He now directs his words of rebuke (118) to those who devised the deceit and error, and were the source of their senseless behavior. ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Six
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The phrase They will arise here probably suggests that, as though awakening from the sleep of their dementia, and, as it were, now emerging from the darkness of night into the light of day, they will utter to one another the exhortation that it now behoves them to return to the Lord. ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Seven
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The verse addresses once again the resident of Gilead, its message being, I began as God both to heal and to turn back Israel. The Shechemites, for instance, longed to submit their neck to God in the future and to celebrate feasts, no longer those of Jeroboam but those according to the Law, ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Eight
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While this is expressed very unclearly in the Hebrew, in my view, causing translators much difficulty, we shall follow the order of the ideas, and state what strikes us.1 Accordingly, this is their grumbling in the land of Egypt; that is, although I constantly saved and instructed them, and made them invincible to their adversaries ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Nine
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Since the hordes of the nations were affected by the greatest possible folly, deceived as they admittedly were, it was their custom when beginning farm work and on the point of ploughing the land to offer sacrifices to the demons and ask them for fertility for the fields. ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Ten
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After saying that Ephraim suffered in its roots and would be fruitless in the manner of those who have no children, since the savagery of the Assyrians consumed their offspring, he necessarily shows also that in the past they proved fruitful when they wisely lived a life in keeping with the Law. ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Eleven
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The sense of this probably gives rise to an objection on the part of some people. Take the case, for example, where someone thinks, or even openly says, If the people of the bloodline of Israel were due in time to be rejected, to leave God’s presence, ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Twelve
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The verse once again moves from the vulgar masses to those from the tribe of Ephraim who were ruling over Israel in Samaria, and whom he calls wicked spirit on account of their difficulty in adjusting their way of thinking and their extremely rebellious tendency to reject God. ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Thirteen
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In this it is not the ten tribes individually that he blames, but Israel as a whole, saying that, though ordinances were given to them through Moses, through which they were instructed on how they should worship God and offer sacrifices in petition, they for their part dedicated them, as it were, to the Baal, or the idols (referring to the whole sometimes by mention of a part). ...
Commentary on Hosea, Chapter Fourteen
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You could once again have considerable admiration here for the prophet’s artistry and the economy of the expression; it is accomplished with appropriate respect, and is full of guidance from on high. He foretells, in fact, the redemption coming through Christ, and the fact that death will in due course give way, and the goad of Hades will be no more. ...
Commentary on the Prophet Joel
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The divinely inspired Joel probably prophesied at the time when those placed before him—namely, Hosea and Amos—would also be thought to have done so. The Hebrews, in fact, decided that he should be ranked with them and not after Micah.1 His denunciation, at least in my opinion, is of the people of Israel, ...
Commentary on Joel, Chapter One
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The prophet says the word of the Lord came to him, his purpose being that we should accord faith to the prophecy in the firm and confident belief that what was foretold would definitely come to pass. The Savior himself also confirms us in this belief by saying, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” ...
Commentary on Joel, Chapter Two
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Once again there is a nice description of war for us, and it would be factual in either case, whether taken as referring to a locust and young locust, or to the Babylonians if you prefer.1 The war, in fact, had already come to the very doors, and was, as it were, bruited abroad throughout all the land of Zion, ...
Commentary on Joel, Chapter Three
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When the ten tribes were plucked from the kingdom of Rehoboam and they were separated from Israel as a whole, the blessed prophets were sent to Ephraim and Judah. They spoke of the fate of both, since their kingship as a whole extended to the time of the captivity.1 ...
Page Count: 327
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation