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Theophylact of Ochrid

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Blessed '''Theophylactus of Ohrid Ochrid''' (1126ca. 1050/60-ca. 1108) was one of the most famous of the Byzantine exegetes; he biblical scholars and exegete. He was born on the Greek island of Euboia , close to Athens, some time between 1050 and 1060. He went to pursued an education in Constantinople to be educated where he studied under the finest teachers of literature and thetoric 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 a as [[bishop ]] and sent, against his will, to Ochrid, where he shepherded 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, which has been has been treasured by Orthodox Christians ever since. In his last years he moved to Thessalonica, where he reposed in peace.
An inspired theologian and orator, he has left many homilies and, most importantly, 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 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.
 
In his last years he moved to [[Thessalonica]], where he reposed in peace; the exact year of Blessed Theophylact’s repose is not known, but the latest date that can be ascertained from his letters is 1108.
 
The Serbian Orthodox Church, whose [[jurisdiction]] in later years came to include Ochrid and Macedonia, and other Orthodox Churches, commemorates Theophylactus as a saint, on [[December 31]].
 
==External links==
*[http://www.chrysostompress.org/theophylact-of-ochrid Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria], download Theophylact's [http://www.chrysostompress.org/media/cms/Theophylact-on-I-Cor-13.pdf Commentary on I Corinthians, Chapter 13] for free.
*[[w:Theophylact_of_Bulgaria|Theophylact of Bulgaria on Wikipedia]]
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