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Overview

The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS) responds to the desire of Catholics to study the Bible in depth and in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. The series offers a readable, informative commentary on 20 books of the New Testament. The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture implements the theological principles taught by Vatican II for interpreting Scripture “in accord with the same Spirit by which it was written”—that is, interpreting Scripture in its canonical context and in the light of Catholic tradition and the analogy of faith (Dei Verbum 12).

The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is packed with features designed to help readers use the Bible more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. Each volume provides exegesis as well as reflection and application sections. A set of cross-references links each passage to the Catechism, the Lectionary, and related biblical texts. Sidebars present information on the background of the text and on how the text has been interpreted by the Church. Abundant quotations from saints and Church Fathers enable readers to glimpse the continuity of Catholic tradition. Each volume includes a glossary, a list of suggested resources, an Index of Pastoral Topics, and an Index of Sidebars.

In the Logos edition, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Includes a glossary, list of suggested resources, and two indexes
  • Sidebars provide further information to the commentary
  • Detailed exposition and commentary on the text
  • Introduction to authorship, literary unity, historical context, theological themes, and contemporary relevance

Praise for the Print Edition

The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is a long-awaited addition to Catholic books on the Bible. It is clearly written, sticks to the facts, treats the Bible as true history, and does not get lost in idle speculation and guesswork about the sources of the Gospels and the other books. Homilists will find here the pearl of great price and the treasure hidden in a field. Laypersons who are looking for a truly Catholic interpretation of the Bible will find it here. Those who want to know more about God’s holy word in the Bible will want to purchase the whole set.

—Kenneth Baker, SJ, editor, Homiletics and Pastoral Review

Those who preach and teach will find their burden lightened and turned into delight with the help of these commentaries. In a time when much biblical scholarship is written for other biblical scholars, these authors understand that the Bible is the book of the Church, the entire people of God.

—Richard John Neuhaus, priest, Archdiocese of New York

Direct, clear, and spiritually rich, the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is just what we need today: patient exposition of God’s Word that illuminates and is illuminated by the teaching and practice of the Church.

R. R. Reno, professor of theological ethics, Creighton University

There is a great hunger among Catholic laity for a deeper understanding of the Bible. The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture fills the need for a more in-depth interpretation of Scripture. I am very excited to be able to recommend this new series to our Bible Study groups around the world.

Gail Buckley, founder and director, Catholic Scripture Study International

The Word of God is the source of Christian life, and the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is an ideal tool for living our faith more deeply. This extraordinary resource combines superior scholarship and a vivid, accessible style that will serve the interested layperson and the serious scholar equally well. It feeds both the mind and the heart and should be on the shelf of every committed Catholic believer. I highly recommend it.

—Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver

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Individual Titles

The Gospel of Matthew

  • Author: Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 400

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This engaging commentary, like each in the series, relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. The Gospel of Matthew is an ideal resource for those preaching or teaching on the Sunday Gospel readings from Matthew.

Over forty years ago, the Second Vatican Council called for biblical scholars to study the languages, literature, history, and culture of the Bible while paying close attention to the unity of Scripture, the living tradition of the Church, and the analogy of faith. In this exciting new commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri do an outstanding job of fulfilling the biblical vision of Vatican II. For years I have wished for an up-to-date Catholic commentary on Matthew that would unite history and theology, Scripture and tradition, Old and New Testaments, Jewish roots and Christian faith. Now we have one! This extremely readable commentary should be on the shelf of any priest, deacon, seminarian, or layperson who wants to bring out ‘treasures new and old’ from the pages of the First Gospel.

—Brant Pitre, professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary

Is it possible to write a historically informed commentary on the Gospel of Matthew that does not position itself skeptically vis-a-vis the claims made in the narrative? Catholic scholars have for some time been hesitant to answer yes. In this volume, Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri invite us to meet the Jesus depicted by the evangelist Matthew—to meet him in his historical context and to meet him without fear that Matthew is leading us astray. The result is like meeting Jesus again for the first time: the Jesus whom we worship in the liturgy meets us in the Gospel as the living, breathing first-century Jew who is Emmanuel, God with us.

—Matthew Levering, professor of theology, University of Dayton

Curtis Mitch (MA, Franciscan University) is research fellow and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Ohio. He is the coauthor with Scott Hahn of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.

Edward Sri (STD, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome) is Provost and Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and the author of several books on Scripture and the Catholic faith.

The Gospel of Mark

  • Author: Mary Healy
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 352

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Integrating Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life, Mary Healy’s volume unwraps the riches of Mark’s Gospel for serious students and novices alike. It includes links to catechism and lectionary texts, accessible and substantive exegesis, reflection and application suggestions, biblical background and living tradition sidebars, and much more.

This well-written book fills a very important niche in our appreciation of the Gospels. Healy combines literary sensitivity with theological vigor, resulting in a reading of Mark that puts a compelling face on the message of this Gospel.

—Gary Anderson, professor of Old Testament, University of Notre Dame

Though Mark’s Gospel is the shortest Gospel in length, it is certainly not short in profound insights on the life and teaching of Our Lord. Mary Healy plumbs the depths and unwraps the riches of this Gospel for both the serious scholar and the novice alike in her easy-to-read and lucid style. With the incisiveness of a surgeon and the clarity of a scholar, she pulls back the curtain on the first century and the ministry of Jesus Christ. This commentary on Mark will fill an important place in my library!

Steve Ray, host of the ten-part documentary series Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine

Mary Healy skillfully and insightfully moves her readers to plumb the spiritual depths of Mark’s Gospel through helpful sections of ‘living tradition’ and ‘reflection and application.’ I have found her commentary a boon in homily preparation. If the other volumes in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture live up to the high standard that Healy has attained, Catholic Christians will be enriched and grateful.

—Robert J. Karris, OFM, research professor, The Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University

Mary Healy (STD, Pontifical Gregorian University) is associate professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, and senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. She is the author of Men and Women Are from Eden and coeditor of several books on biblical interpretation.

The Gospel of John

  • Authors: Francis Martin and William M. Wright IV
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 368

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In this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, two well-respected New Testament scholars interpret the Gospel of John in its historical and literary setting—and in light of the Church’s doctrinal, liturgical, and spiritual tradition. They unpack the wisdom of the fourth Gospel for the intellectual and spiritual transformation of its readers and connect the Gospel with a range of witnesses throughout the history of Catholicism.

Francis Martin is a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. He is a research fellow in Catholic biblical studies at the Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Acts.

William M. Wright IV is associate professor of theology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. He is the author of Rhetoric and Theology: Figural Reading of John 9.

Acts

  • Author: William S. Kurz
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 416

What message was the author of Acts seeking to convey, and what would the original audience have understood? How is God using Acts to speak to believers today? In this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series, respected New Testament scholar William Kurz offers a close reading and explanation of the entire narrative of Acts, grounded in the original Greek but keyed to the NAB for liturgical use.

William Kurz, an accomplished biblical scholar, has a written a commentary on Acts that is up to date on current critical scholarship yet accessible to a wide audience of readers. Throughout the commentary one can see Kurz’s clear understanding of the relationship of Acts to the first volume by the same author, the Gospel of Luke. Kurz is always positive in dealing with problem areas of the text. This work will be especially valuable for study groups, college students, and preachers of the Word.

—Terence J. Keegan, OP, professor of theology, Providence College

Kurz sees the Acts narrative not just as a coherent story about the past—our Church’s earliest moments of evangelistic mission—but also as a mirror the contemporary Church may peer into to see its deepest identity manifested within the stories of the major figures led by God to advance the Church's mission to the ‘ends of the earth.’ It is a great service to provide a commentary that is technically pristine, theologically alert, and pastorally sensitive.

—Stephen Miletic, professor of Scripture, Theology Department, Franciscan University of Steubenville

William S. Kurz earned his PhD at Yale University. He has been a professor at Marquette University for more than 35 years and is the author of Reading Luke–Acts: Dynamics of Biblical Narrative.

Romans

  • Author: Scott Hahn
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 336

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In this addition to the successful Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS) series, Scott Hahn, a bestselling author and a leading Catholic interpreter of Scripture, examines Romans from within the living tradition of the Church for pastoral ministers, lay readers, and students alike. The CCSS relates Scripture to Christian life today, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. Supported by leading Catholic scholars as well as popular Bible teachers, the series offers a unique level of commentary for Catholic students of the Bible. Its attractive packaging and accessible writing style make it a series to own—and to read! Drawn from the best of contemporary scholarship, series volumes are keyed to the liturgical year and include an index of pastoral subjects.

Scott Hahn has written a masterful commentary on Romans that is theologically insightful and pastorally relevant. While dealing adeptly with the historical and literary background of Romans, he always keeps the focus on its theological content and meaning for our lives. I recommend Hahn’s work to all who want to discover the powerful message of Paul’s great Letter to the Romans.

—Frank J. Matera, professor emeritus, Catholic University of America

Scott Hahn’s commentary on Romans is lucid, penetrating, theologically alert, and a joy to read. It will be of interest to both scholar and non-scholar alike. His status as one of the most prominent Catholic converts from Protestantism makes his treatment of this great Pauline text, which was of such significance to Luther and the other Reformers, of particular interest.

—Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

Scott Hahn has written an informative, elegant, and learned commentary on Romans. The exegesis is crisp, the explanations are clear, and the judgments are consistently sensible. One of the best commentaries available on Romans from within the Catholic tradition. A treat to read and a treasure to hold.

—Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

For four decades, Scott Hahn has joyfully studied, debated, preached, taught, and lived Paul’s Letter to the Romans. No biblical book is closer to his heart, with the result that the vibrant wisdom of this commentary exceeds that of commentaries many times its size. Judicious in its sifting of the scholarly literature, profound in its handling of sensitive Jewish-Christian themes, and powerful in its proclamation of the gospel, this deeply Catholic commentary will find a notable place among his most enduring and influential books.

—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

In this excellent volume, Scott Hahn takes what is arguably the most difficult book in the New Testament and certainly the most complex of Paul’s writings—the Letter to the Romans—and explains it clearly and convincingly. The result is both an accessible verse-by-verse commentary and a sometimes groundbreaking contribution to Pauline studies. The sidebars on patristic and medieval interpretation of controversial passages are by themselves worth the price of the book. If you are looking for a deeply exegetical and robustly Catholic perspective on Romans, then look no further.

—Brant Pitre, professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

Scott Hahn has written an understandable commentary with clear reasons for his interpretation of key questions in Romans. He has his eyes fully open to the issues that have challenged readers for two millennia, and he engages the reader’s mind and heart in order to sound the letter’s message more clearly to the Church today. Hahn’s Romans commentary is worthwhile reading for laypeople, clergy, and academics.

—Mark Reasoner, Marian University Indianapolis

Scott Hahn’s commentary on Romans is based on current historical studies within biblical scholarship, but he also regularly converses with theologians from throughout the centuries. Accordingly, exegetical positions are built on interaction with ancient sources such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Josephus, but theological discussions engage a wide range of voices such as Origen, Augustine, Aquinas, the Catechism, and Pope Francis. Since it is Catholic in perspective and ecumenical in spirit, all will be rewarded for attending to this volume.

—Ben C. Blackwell, assistant professor of Christianity, Houston Baptist University

Scott Hahn is a contemporary author, theologian, and Catholic apologist. His works include Rome Sweet Home and The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. He currently teaches at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Catholic university in the United States.

First Corinthians

  • Author: George T. Montague
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 320

The first letter to the Corinthians offers crucial insight into a less-than-perfect Christian community struggling to follow Jesus in a multicultural world. Providing a fresh exegesis of the text, Montague examines the divisions within the Corinthian church, issues about marriage, problems with worship, and questions about the resurrection—and reflects on contemporary applications of Paul’s first-century epistle.

George Montague’s First Corinthians is a great addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Of all Paul’s letters, First Corinthians is the one that enables us to see the reality of a first-century Christian community and read Paul’s reflections thereon. Drawing from what Paul wrote, Montague shows the continuity between the Church of God at Corinth and the Catholic Church of the twenty-first century. It is as insightful about the one as it is the other.

Raymond F. Collins, visiting scholar, Brown University

George T. Montague, SM (STD, University of Fribourg), is professor of New Testament at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Understanding the Bible. In 1995 he began a new religious community in the Marianist family, the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple.

Second Corinthians

  • Author: Thomas D. Stegman
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 320

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In this volume, Thomas Stegman presents us with his work on Second Corinthians, a book he believes demands the most attention from Christians. Stegman is judicious and handles the material of Second Corinthians well, without losing his intended audience: Catholics who since Vatican II have shown a greater desire to learn about and understand Scripture and its role in their faith. It relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry.

A blessing offered to the whole Church, Tom Stegman’s commentary presents the heart of St. Paul’s message: the fullness of God’s love for us that has opened up a new way of life, empowered by the intimate presence of the Holy Spirit, who shapes us more and more in the likeness of Christ. This inspiring book will encourage numerous Catholics and other Christians in understanding better and accepting more generously a truly Christ-centered existence.

—Gerald O’Collins, SJ, emeritus professor of theology, Pontifical Gregorian University

Thomas Stegman’s commentary on 2 Corinthians is elegant, clear, and deeply insightful. He takes one of Paul’s hardest letters and makes it intelligible. With a masterful grasp of Paul’s rhetoric, he shows readers how the apostle challenges his ancient readers—and readers today—to live out the character of Jesus Christ.

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Thomas D. Stegman, SJ (PhD, Emory University), is associate professor of New Testament and Professor Ordinarius in the ecclesiastical faculty at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Newton, Massachusetts. He is the author of The Character of Jesus: The Linchpin to Paul’s Argument in Second Corinthians.

Ephesians

  • Author: Peter S. Williamson
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 224

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In this volume, Peter Williamson interprets Ephesians for pastoral ministers and lay readers alike. Insightful, very accessible (especially to those unschooled in the use of commentaries) Ephesians provides a fresh and informative treatment of this epistle that handles biblical scholarship without delving into technical jargon or merely “academic” issues. This volume, like each in the series, relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry.

A landmark achievement in theological interpretation of Scripture in and for the Church. Everything about it is inviting and edifying. Highly recommended for all!

—Michael J. Gorman, professor of Sacred Scripture, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore

Peter S. Williamson (STD, Pontifical Gregorian University) holds the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture and coeditor of John Paul II and the New Evangelization.

Philippians, Colossians, Philemon

  • Author: Dennis Hamm
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 272

Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, written by Paul from prison in the middle of the first century, were addressed to specific Christian communities facing concrete challenges. What did these letters mean at the time, and what do they mean for us today?

In this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series, seasoned New Testament scholar Dennis Hamm explores the significance of these letters and their enduring relevance to the life and mission of the church. Based on solid scholarship yet readily accessible, the book is enriched with pastoral reflections and applications, and includes sidebars on the living tradition and biblical background.

A marvelous book—lucid, intelligent, learned, accessible, and provocative—written by a scholar who knows how to invite people into the riches of the New Testament. Presented in a lively format that will appeal to both scholars and general readers alike, Father Hamm’s new book is a boon to anyone seeking to understand and live out the timeless wisdom of St. Paul.

—James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

I’ve had the privilege of visiting the sites associated with St. Paul’s works, but the experience was not nearly as vivid for me as my reading of Father Dennis Hamm’s commentary. This book lives up to the standard of a series whose volumes have been at once devout, beautiful, erudite, and useful—an extremely rare achievement.

Mike Aquilina, author of The Fathers of the Church and The Mass of the Early Christians

Dennis Hamm earned his PhD from St. Louis University. He is currently a professor of New Testament and the Graff Chair in Catholic theological studies at Creighton University. He is the author of several books and numerous articles.

First and Second Timothy, Titus

  • Author: George T. Montague
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 272

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The apostle Paul’s New Testament letters to Timothy and Titus offer crucial guidelines for pastors and church leaders. Montague presents sound exegesis that fully explores the offices and duties proposed in the first century, explains how they differ from contemporary practice, and reflects on the pastoral, theological, and practical applications of the text.

A good mixture of scriptural scholarship, background information, church teaching, and practical application. . . . [This commentary] will help especially the teacher and the preacher.

—David Sanders, OP, New Blackfriars

George Montague’s volume on First and Second Timothy, Titus in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is a rich addition to the study of the Pastoral Epistles. Tackling the tough questions of authorship and dating, Montague presents a scholarly and Catholic exegesis that incisively analyzes all the arguments and draws carefully thought-out conclusions. Gleaning from sources ancient and modern, the scope of the commentary is broad and faithfully Catholic. The sidebars and historical and cultural notes make this an exceptionally valuable resource. This is certainly a welcomed addition to my library!

Steve Ray, host of the ten-part documentary series Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine

George T. Montague, SM (STD, University of Fribourg), is professor of New Testament at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Understanding the Bible. In 1995 he began a new religious community in the Marianist family, the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple.

Hebrews

  • Author: Mary Healy
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 320

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In this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, respected New Testament scholar Mary Healy unpacks the Letter to the Hebrews, making its difficult and puzzling passages accessible to pastoral ministers, lay readers, and students. Her commentary shows how Hebrews reveals the meaning of Christ’s death in light of the Old Testament figures, rites, and sacrifices that foreshadowed it. Healy explains that Hebrews, when fully understood, transforms our understanding of who God is, what he has done for us, and how we are to live as Christians today.

Dr. Mary Healy has a way in her books of skillfully presenting Scripture and the Church’s teaching in a clear, accessible, and engaging manner. In her commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews, she brings rich insight, depth, and understanding to this ancient teaching on how the perfect sacrifice of Jesus—the divine high priest who is also one of us, sharing in our human frailty—has definitively achieved our redemption and eternal salvation. Dr. Healy’s commentary is a masterful treatise that offers significant assistance to those of us who seek to better know our faith as we make the journey toward the heavenly kingdom amidst all the struggles of the human condition.

—Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

In the New Testament the Letter to the Hebrews is a work of singular theological richness. Dr. Mary Healy has provided an accessible and insightful commentary, beneficial to seminarians, priests, and laypeople alike. The truths of the Sacred Scripture touch the very core of our lives, and this work, like the others from the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, makes it possible for more of the faithful to experience the life-transforming power the Word offers them.

—Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit

This superb commentary contains an ideal mix of academic and devotional content, admirably fulfilling the series’ goal of presenting ‘scholarship illumined by faith.’ Mary Healy’s solid exegesis wonderfully leads us into the exceptional theological richness of Hebrews. Especially noteworthy are the ‘Reflection and Application’ sections, the numerous sidebars, and the enrichment provided by quotations from the Church Fathers. This is a commentary not merely for the mind but for the nurture of one’s spiritual life. I recommend it enthusiastically!

—Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

Mary Healy’s commentary demonstrates that this mysterious homily is a living word that addressed an ancient community in crisis and continues to speak to the issues of our time. Readers will benefit from Healy’s firm grasp of the history of the interpretation of Hebrews and the applications of this homily for today.

—James W. Thompson, scholar-in-residence, Abilene Christian University

The Letter to the Hebrews is one of the richest and yet least understood of the New Testament writings. The arguments are complex and deeply rooted in the Old Testament. This commentary uses the best of Catholic teaching and biblical scholarship to illuminate some of the key teachings of Hebrews in a way that Catholics can appreciate and apply to their own understanding of Jesus Christ.

—Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, senior fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Steubenville, Ohio

One of the most frequent requests I get for Bible study is for a good commentary. I enthusiastically endorse the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series. In this volume, Dr. Healy demonstrates her giftedness at taking complex ideas and presenting them in an understandable and practical way. Her writing draws readers into the text in a heartwarming way. I enjoyed this commentary, and I know my students will as well.

—Jeff Cavins, founder, The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study System

Mary Healy (STD, Pontifical Gregorian University) is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, and a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. She is the author of several books, including The Gospel of Mark in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, for which she serves as coeditor.

James, First, Second, and Third John

  • Authors: Kelly Anderson and Daniel Keating
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 304

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In this addition to the successful Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, two respected scholars and Bible teachers interpret James and First, Second, and Third John from within the living tradition of the Church. The commentary provides crisp explanations of the text with helpful sidebars and ideas for application to enrich preaching, group Bible study, and personal reflection. This volume presents excellent biblical scholarship in a format accessible to laypeople with no special training in biblical studies.

Any observer of contemporary culture will recognize that Anderson’s and Keating’s lucid commentaries arrive at just the right time, when Catholics at the parish level and in undergraduate and seminary coursework desperately need resources that acquaint them with the scriptural text, the broader scriptural context, and the ways in which scriptural passages have been understood and lived within the Church’s rich tradition. Well instructed in contemporary scholarship, Anderson and Keating put us all in their debt by focusing firmly on the heart of the matter—namely, learning from the letters of James and John how to live and love as Christians in a fallen world.

—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

In their volume on the Letter of James and the Letters of John, Kelly Anderson and Daniel Keating have succeeded admirably in advancing the aims that the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series has set for itself. The exposition of the inspired text is clear and easily accessible, rich in making connections with the rest of the Bible and the other sources of revelation, and always focused on sharing the saving message the Lord has for his people—all done with scholarly excellence. This work is a particularly welcome resource for the Church as it strives to share the word of God with the world in the New Evangelization.

—Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit

Kelly Anderson (PhD candidate, Catholic University of America) is assistant professor of biblical studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

Daniel Keating (DPhil, University of Oxford) is professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of several books, including First and Second Peter, Jude in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture.

First and Second Peter, Jude

  • Author: Daniel Keating
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 224

In this volume, Daniel Keating interprets First and Second Peter and Jude for pastoral ministers and lay readers alike.

Daniel Keating has produced a clearly written commentary on 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude. It is striking how he integrates his exegetical insights with Catholic tradition and teaching, explains difficult terms and concepts in sidebars and a glossary, and maintains an exegetical flow alongside a practical focus as he carefully applies the three letters to the contemporary reader. This will certainly be a useful work for the layperson wishing to explore and understand these books as well as for the busy pastor who needs quick access, and it will be even more useful if they desire integration with the Catholic Catechism, the Church Fathers, and other relevant insights from Catholic tradition. The level of integration is striking and very much to be commended. Would that more commentators were equally integrated with their own pastoral and theological traditions.

Peter H. Davids, author, NICNT: First Peter

These biblical books remain in the relatively neglected corner of the New Testament so it is encouraging to have the Catholic Commentary series include them among its volumes . . . [Keating] does these works justice, particularly the beautiful First Letter of Peter. His commentary traces some of the issues concerning the origin . . . and purpose of the letter, and offers a clear and pastorally rich interpretation of its message.

Donald Senior, author, Sacra Pagina: 1 Peter, Jude, 2 Peter

Daniel Keating (DPhil, University of Oxford) is associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria, The Theology of Cyril of Alexandria, Aquinas on Doctrine, and Aquinas on Scripture.

Revelation

  • Author: Peter S. Williamson
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS)
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 384

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Seasoned New Testament scholar and popular speaker Peter Williamson interprets Revelation within the living tradition of the Church for pastoral ministers, lay readers, and students alike. His faithfully Catholic exposition is supplemented by features to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry.

Peter S. Williamson holds the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture and Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture: Ephesians.