by Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria. For nine hundred years one of the most beloved and widely read Scriptural commentaries among. The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew This classic Orthodox commentary of the New Testament was written in. : The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel Father Stade is to be commended for making Theophylact’s Commentary on.

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By Joseph; that is, he discerned that she had conceived blesed the Holy Spirit. That is, in Whom I am content, and He is pleasing to Me. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Here he shows that Throphylact was afraid to keep her, lest he spurn God by harboring an adulteress. The holy archbishop was greatly distressed by his bishop’s unjustifiable behavior.

He did this without the blessing or knowledge of the holy hierarch, justifying himself by claiming that he had rececieved permission from the patriarch of Constantinople. Some Greek writers have also called him a saint.

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Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan. Yet where does it record that anyone was ever called by such a name? The stronger theophyllact hated for Orthodoxy, the more dangerous they became for the Church and for Bessed Theophylact. Editing, proofing, printing, encouragement and support was always near at hand, thanks most of all to Dr.

The Explanation of the Gospel According To St. Mark, by Blessed Theophylact of Ohrid

Because concern over money drives a man away from God. Ohrid was the capital city of the Bulgarian kingdom that had been conquered by the Byzantine Emperor Basil II in He reminds us of the Father so that we might revere Him, since we are the children of such a Father, and not act as fierce beasts, refusing to forgive.

Ochrid was the capital city of the Bulgarian kingdom that had been conquered by the Byzantines some sixty years earlier.


Theophlact almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. The Lord conquered the three temptations of gluttony, vainglory, and avarice. blessev

If, despite the efforts of these many individuals, there remain errors and flaws in this translation, there is only myself to blame. For if the idolatrous Magi believed, what defense could the Jews give? The “tunic” is what we would call the inner garment, and the “cloak” is the outer garment. Barbarians devastated the hlessed, looted and burned the churches, plundered church property, and forced the clergy to hide in forests and deserts. They obeyed the warning, that is, the divine speech.

For anyone who persecutes us and puts us to the test, lightens the punishment that we will suffer for our own sins. The Hebrew kings and priests were called “christs” [i. Here he interprets the name “Jesus,” showing that it means “Saviour.

Some say that “Raca” is a Syriac word for “despicable” or “scum. But neither did it return after the water had dried off. The Explanation is based entirely on the works of the great Fathers of the early Church, and above all, St. Is hewn commentarry and cast into the fire.

Let the Jews say, therefore, that Zerubbabel was from the beginning; but they have no grounds on which to make this claim. When also did the Lord raise up children unto Abraham from stones? For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Some say that “locusts” refer to a type of herb; others say that the word refers to the fruit of wild pod-bearing trees.

Theophylact of Ohrid

But nevertheless understand that if we have lusted, and then were prevented from committing the deed, clearly we were protected by grace. Ye have heard that theopuylact hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. According to the canons of the church, local churches should assemble at regularly appointed times.

Commetnary truly had no share in the birth of Christ; and therefore the genealogy of the Theotokos ought to have been given. For it is obvious that the soul does not consent to remain in a body if the flesh is not fed. How is it that Luke says that after the Lord was born, He completed the forty days, was held in the arms of Simeon, and then went down to Nazareth Lk.


The Jews say that it is not written in the prophecy “virgin” but “young woman. How did He do this? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? For both Herod and Pharaoh were child slayers: But when the law came, this manner of life receded. On asking and seeking.

Except for a few “scholia” comments added to the original manuscript by medieval copyists identified as such, the footnotes are all the product of the translator and theopnylact of this work. The “paths” are the ordinances of the law, which are well-trodden and theophylacr.

Blessed Theophylact employs to perfection the commentary form introduced by St. And you must not say, “My Father,” but “Our Father,” regarding all men as brothers of one and the same Father. In this demanding position in a conquered territory on the outskirts of the Byzantine Empire, he conscientiously and energetically carried out his pastoral duties over the course of the next twenty years. For then you will be handed over for punishment so that you make an accounting for theophylxct the smallest transgressions.

The Serbian Orthodox Church, whose jurisdiction in later years came to include Ohrid and Macedonia, and other Orthodox Churches, commemorates Blessed Theophylact as a saint, on December Join our email list to receive free articles and excerpts from new translations.

Cyril and Methodiusand he brought to fruition in Bulgaria the labors begun by his mentors in carrying the Orthodox faith to the Slavs in their own languages. For the Babylonians campaigned against them on another occasion, causing less affliction.

He will clean His threshing floor, namely, the Church, which holds many who are baptized, just as the threshing floor holds all the crop.