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Blessed '''Theophylactus of
Ohrid''' (ca. 1050/60-ca. 1108) was one of the most famous Byzantine biblical scholards and exegetes; he was born on the Greek island of Euboia, close to Athens, some time between 1050 and 1060. He pursued an education in Constantinople to be study under the finest teachers of literature and rhetoric of his time and became one of the [[clergy]] of the Great Church there. He was appointed professor of rhetoric at the patriarchal academy and tutor to the emperor's children. As a relatively young man, he was consecrated as [[bishop]] and sent, against his will, to Ochrid, where he was the Metropolitan of the Church in Bulgaria for twenty-five years. [[
An inspired theologian and orator, he has left many homilies and, most
important, a commentary on the whole [[New Testament]] (''Theophylactus completed extensive biblical commentaries on the four [[Gospel]]s, the Acts of the Apostles, and the New testament Epistles. There is also supposed to be a commentary on the Greek text of the Psalms and on the Prophets''), which has been has been treasured by Orthodox Christians ever since. The ''Patrologia Graeca'' has a long sermon on the cross, another on[[John the Forerunner| John the Baptist]], and a third on the feast of the presentation.
The first English translation (and the first in any modern Western European language) of Theophylact's commentaries on the New Testament, The Explanation of the Gospels, is available from [http://www.chrysostompress.org Chrysostom Press]. Work is underway to complete the English translation of his commentaries on the Book of Acts and the Epistles.