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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Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: And His fame theophy,act throughout all Syria: God, Who is meek, hates nothing more than cruelty.

He gave us four Gospels, perhaps because we learn from them the four universal virtues: Why does he give the genealogy of Joseph and not of Mary, the Theotokos? But when the law came, this manner of life receded. For if it is not of God, what do you fear? When Er died childless, Judah married her to another of his sons, Onan. But forgive us as we forgive others: Pharaoh slew the male children of the Hebrews in Egypt, and Herod slew the male children of the Hebrews in Bethlehem.

Ohrid was the blesded city of the Bulgarian kingdom that had been conquered by the Byzantine Emperor Basil II in Saints Byzantine Saints 11th-century saints Greek Saints. It is unknown by whom it was later translated into Greek.

Theophylact of Ohrid – Wikipedia

It is tough because of the war trophies that they carry, and light since it is so fast. But for half of the eleventh century, archbishops for Bulgaria were not native Bulgarians, but Greeks sent from Constantinople. But I say unto you, that ye resist not the evil one: He pursued an education in Constantinople where he studied under the finest teachers of literature and rhetoric of his time and became one of the clergy of the Great Church there. Here the Lord has reached the very pinnacle of the virtues.


It was moreover for this very reason that He was born from them, that He might sanctify them; for He came not to call the righteous, but the sinners.

By being guided in our understanding of the Gospel by the explanation of the holy Fathers, we keep the tradition of the holy Church.

Theophylact of Ochrid – OrthodoxWiki

The questioning in Caesarea. He hungered only when He permitted His nature to do so, to give the devil an opportunity through hunger to approach Him and engage Him in combat, so that Christ could throw him down and vanquish him and grant us the victory.

The woman with a hemorrhage. If you give alms “before men” but your motive is not “to be seen by them,” you are not condemned.

From this one is easily convinced that where the evangelist makes use of the testimony of the Old Testament Scriptures, either himself, or in the person of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, he does not follow the authority of the Seventy, but of the Hebrew text.

This page has been accessed 21, times. The first is the spread of Orthodoxy Christianity into the Slavic lands; for St. The inspiration behind this form of commentary is the Orthodox desire, and indeed, commandment, to guard and transmit to future generations the living apostolic tradition of the early Church.

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

John forbade Him so that those who saw the baptism would not think that Christ was being baptized unto repentance like one of the multitude. They were not wronged but were made worthy of crowns.


For Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him. God feeds them by having given them the instinctive knowledge for finding food. For like Ruth, these Gentiles had been foreigners and outside the covenants, yet they forsook their people, their idols, and their father, the devil.

He said, “If thy brother have aught against thee,” and added nothing more.

Theophylact of Ohrid

So then, when you see a Jew who understands the content of the law in a fleshly manner, you may say, “This man has not made straight commengary paths,” that is, he does not understand the law spiritually.

It appears that Zebedee did not believe and it is for this reason that they left him. For men possess more than they need because of vainglory.

For many books have been lost, because of both the carelessness of the Hebrews and the frequent captivities. Come follow Me and I will make you fishers of men. Some say that “locusts” refer to a type of herb; others say that the word refers to the fruit of wild pod-bearing trees. It is an aid to the right understanding of the Gospel and consequently to the most exact practice of commetary.

Hitherto enemies of the church at large, they commejtary began to direct their enmity against him personally.