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#1 Fabio Lins

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 01:00 PM

Hi all!



Can someone recommend homilies/studies about the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Book of Wisdom and Sirach? Orthodox sources are appreciated but if the work is good that will do.
I am interested mainly in theological, philosophical and pastoral approaches, but it would be interesting to see historical and cultural approaches as well.
Although I am interested particularly in the books above, similar works on the other sapiential books (Job, Canticle of Canticles and Psalms) would also be of interest.

#2 Rdr Daniel (R.)

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 03:15 PM

Dear Fabio Lins,


I can't recommend any, but I can give you a list of patristic commentaries I know of on the above books, I hope it is of some help. 


The Canticle of Canticles has an abundance of patristic commentaries, St Ambrose, St Gregory of  Nyssa (available online), St John Chrysostom (may be available online), St Gregory the Great (available online), and St Bede, amongst others, all wrote on them.


Proverbs: Venerable Bede (currently not translated into English), St. John Chrysostom,

Ecclesiastes: St. John Chrysostom,

Not sure on the Book of Wisdom and Sirach.

Job: St. John Chrysostom, 

Psalms: St Ambrose (currently not translated into English), St. John Chrysostom (available online), St Augustine (available online), both are quite good from what I have read of them.


Reader Daniel,

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 01:11 PM

Thanks Reader Daniel! I'll check them all.

#4 Anthony Cornett

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 11:36 PM

Here are a few I can think of...


• Wisdom, Let Us Attend: Job, the Fathers, and the Old Testament 
• Commentaries on the Sages, Vol. 1 - Commentary on Job
• Commentaries on the Sages, Vol. 2 - Commentaries on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
• Commentary on the Psalms, Vol 1
• Commentary on the Psalms, Vol 2
• Old Testament Homilies: Volume 1 (Hannah, David, Saul)
• Old Testament Homilies: Volume 2 (Isaiah, Jeremiah)
• Old Testament Homilies: Volume 3 (Obscurities, Psalms)
• On the Song of Songs
• Moralia in Job, Vol 1 (Books 1-10)
• Moralia in Job, Vol 2 (Books 11-22)
• Moralia in Job, Vol 3 (Books 23-35)

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