In this rich and deeply informative resource, one of the most learned and insightful biblical scholars of our time provides an exegetical analysis of each lectionary passage from the Revised Common Lectionary and the Lectionary for Mass for each Sunday and major feasts in the three-year cycle.
Preceded by an essay on biblical preaching, Sloyan's astute work attempts to achieve the "plain sense" (Luther) or "literal sense" (Aquinas) of each text, largely through modern historical-critical exegesis. He deftly situates each reading in its historical background and its liturgical setting, as well as within its larger scriptural world through multiple cross-references and allusions.
This book is a testament to a remarkable career in the service of the ecumenical church. As always, Gerard Sloyan uses the best critical tools in the most positive way in the task of making the biblical texts accessible to the minister who must unpack them and build from them in the homily or sermon. A most erudite scholar, Sloyan also studs his commentary with pithy but useful references to church fathers, theologians, and occasional contemporary events. If the preacher has but one commentary on the lectionary on his shelf, this one will remain durable for years to come.
—Frank C. Senn, Pastor, Immanual Lutheran Church, Evanston, Illinois
Many preachers will find this one-volume commentary on the diverse readings of our shared lectionaries to be just what they have needed. Written by Gerard Sloyan with his characteristic scholarly integrity, literary sensitivity, liturgical awareness, and ecumenical depth, the book should become a standard biblical reference.
—Gordon W. Lathrop, Charles A. Schieren Professor of Liturgy, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia