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What is the earliest Patristic commentary that we have on all the gospel chapters?

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#1 H. Smith

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 02:22 PM

I found a commentary online by Origen, but we do not have all the books of his commentary, and besides, it does not go chapter by chapter. It just deals with some different topics in the gospels.


The earliest one I can think of offhand is St. John Chrysostom's, but there must be an earlier one, like Jerome's.

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 08:11 AM

You probably wont find much. Not many NT biblical manuscripts in circulation before 350 A.D.- most Father's quoted the scripture by memory. The ones that did write commentary only a fragment or two survive, Hippolytus seems to have wrote a commentary on Mathew and possibly Mark, I could only find a tiny fragment on ccel.org. Theodore of Mopuestia wrote a huge number of commentaries in Syriac for both old and new testament.  Unfortunately not many of his works survive and probably its very difficult to find a translation of what exists. 

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