Westminster Seminary California
Building the Minister’s Library: History of Exegesis
John G. Bales



In the last blog entry I said that I would recommend several primary sources for the history of Christian exegesis. The history of biblical exegesis has been as varied as the church’s history has been. So any recommendations I make do not necessarily reflect my own theological views; nor does the following list claim to be comprehensive or a complete representation of the diversity of church’s interpretation of Scripture. It does, I hope, provide a sampling of some of the major commentators who shaped the exegetical tradition within the church.

Andrew of St. Victor. Commentary on Samuel and Kings. Edited and translated by Frans van Liere. Commentary on Samuel and Kings: Followed by The Remaining Deeds of the Kings of Israel and Judah ; & On the Concordance of the Reigns of the Kings of Israel and Judah. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.

Augustine, and D. W. Robertson. On Christian Doctrine. New York: Liberal Arts Press, 1958.

_____. The Literal Meaning of Genesis. In On Genesis. Translated by Edmund Hill, O.P. Works of Saint Augustine I/13. Hyde Park, N.Y.: New City Press, 2002.

Calvin, John. Commentaries on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis. Edinburgh: Printed for the Calvin Translation Society, 1847.

_____. Commentary on the Book of Psalms. Trans. by James Anderson. Edinburgh: Printed for the Calvin Translation Society, 1845. Various reprints.

Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns on Paradise. Translated by Sebastian Brock. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1990.

Hugh of St. Victor. Didascalicon of Hugh of St. Victor: A Medieval Guide to the Arts. Trans. with an introduction by and Jerome Taylor. Records of civilization: sources and studies, no. 64. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961.

Luther, Martin. Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 1968.

Nicholas of Lyra. “Selections from the Commentary on the Psalter.” In Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism c. 1100–c. 1375: The Commentary-Tradition. Edited and translated by A.J. Minnis and A.B. Scott. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988, pp. 271–76.

Origen, Paul Koetschau, and G. W. Butterworth. On First Principles; Being Koetschau's Text of the De Principiis. New York: Harper & Row, 1966.

Perkins, William. A Commentary on Galatians. Introductory essays by Brevard S. Childs, Gerald T. Sheppard, John H. Augustine ; edited by Gerald T. Sheppard. New York: Pilgrim Press, 1989.

Theodore of Mopsuestia. The Commentaries on the Minor Epistles of Paul. Trans. with an introduction by Rowan A. Greer. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010.

Thomas Aquinas. Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. Translated by Chrysostom Baer, O.Praem. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine‘s Press, 2006.

_____. Commentary on Romans. Translated by Steven C. Boguslawaski. In preparation.