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Publisher: Holy Trinity Monastery

Archbishop Averky Taushev
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The Four Gospels: Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament, Volume 1

In an intellectual climate that prizes innovation over tradition, headlines over the Truth, and intellectualism over divine revelation, the work of Archbishop Averky Taushev stands apart. Writing in the tradition of biblical exegesis such as St. John Chrysostom and Blessed THeophylact of Bulgaria, Archbishop Averky provides a commentary that is firmly grounded in the teaching of the Church, manifested in its liturgical hymnography and the works of the Holy Fathers. Analyzing all four Gospels chronologically and simultaneously, he allows the reader to see the life of Christ as an unfolding narrative in accessible, direct language.

Using the best of pre-revolutionary Russian sources, Archbishop Averky also remained abreast of developments in Western biblical scholarship, engaging with it directly and honestly. He was adamant, however, about the primary importance of Patristic exegesis in understanding the Scriptures. He approaches the Gospels first and foremost not as a literary work of antiquity, but as the direct revelation of Jesus Christ- God and man.

Archbishop Averky's commentaries on the New Testament have become standard textbooks in Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary and have been published in RUssia to widespread acclaim. This present volume is the first translation of these texts into English. It will be an indispensable addition to the library of every student of the Gospels.

Archbishop Averky Taushev (1906-1976) was the fourth abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York. Born in Imperial Russia before the Bolshevik revolution, he went on to become one of the leading voices and teachers of the Russian Orthodox Church, which he served in both bulgaria and the USA. Widely regarded for consistently upholding traditional Christian teaching and exposition of the New Testament, he is best known for his commentary on the Book of Revelation, The Apocalypse: In the Teaching of Ancient Christianity.

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