There is often discomfort in reading commentaries that conflict in some way with one's confession of faith. It can be good when that commentary adheres to Scripture more closely than ones prior or current confession. The Holy Spirit grants repentance and renewed faith in Christ for such a time. There are also times, when an amilleniallist, like this reviewer, hears the millennialist comments by Victorinus, author of "the earliest commentary on the whole of Revelation that we possess," (xvii) and is not swayed by his millennialism. He is to be commended for noting the repetitive nature of the events of Revelation (xxiv, 1-22). That part of his interpretation is underappreciated and deserves a wider audience through a volume like this. Many modern comprehensive commentaries from dispensational milleniallists seem like amateur hour after reading these pages. And any commentator, ancient or living, is only as good as his faithfulness to the biblical text.
Oecumenius presents his commentary in twelve discourses. One will note the Christological nature of his work. He is obviously well-read, even though he does not always cite the source of his quotes of other Bible books. Consider how he explains 22:20, "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!"
I hear Luther here in the "This is as though he said..."
The two volumes complement one another well, more properly distinguishing law and Gospel as a pair, than separately.
Discuss this amongst yourselves.
Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School and Immanuel Academy, a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Education Chairman and Editor of Lutheran Book Review. A graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Rev. Cain is a contributor to Lutheran Service Book, Lutheranism 101, the forthcoming LSB Hymnal Companion, and is the author of 5 Things You Can Do to Make Our Congregation a Caring Church. He has previously served Emmanuel, Green River, WY and Trinity, Morrill, NE. He is married to Ann and loves reading and listening to, composing, and making music.