A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture is the result of nine years of work by a group of scholars who believed that biblical learning must be integrated with traditional Christianity if it was to bear any spiritual message or fruit for modern society. Their endeavor was to sum up the results of recent international scholarship, and to put them at the disposal not only of Catholics but also of all those who would be glad to know more of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Scripture and of the way in which her members interpret it.
The commentary thus fills a gap in English theological literature by providing a critical survey of modern biblical knowledge from the standpoint of all those, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who accept the full doctrine of biblical inspiration. The work is based on the full acceptance (1) of the divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and of the teaching and discipline of the Catholic Church as a divine institution owing its origin to Christ himself, and (2) of the assured findings of modern research, in the conviction that there can be no clash between the Word of God and scientific truth.
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“Nevertheless, the wisdom our Lord asks for does not come from study, however sacred, but from personal abandonment to him—to the Son who reveals more than the Law could ever give.” (Page 872)
“No matter how much stress others may lay on God’s absolute omnipotence or terrifying justice, the Christian owing to the spirit of Christ dwelling in his heart cannot but call out to God, first and above all, as his Father, 15; cf. Gal 4:1–7.” (Page 1064)
“Knowledge of the kingdom is a favour from God which, like all God’s graces, demands the co-operation of man if it is to be understood and to prove fruitful. The measure of understanding and fruitfulness is in proportion to the attention and goodwill with which the message is received. Those who make use of the knowledge they have received will be granted an increase. This teaching obviously has a special interest for the disciples who would have the duty of preaching to others.” (Page 913)
“In either opinion we are presented with an important lesson: suffering can be, not a terrifying enigma in our eyes, but something very precious, since it is the instrument God chose to redeem us, and we can make our sufferings serve in the cause of Christ’s Passion.” (Page 1135)
“But the force of the incident is this: that Peter and his fellow-disciples are to remember that the plan and method of that work are of God’s design. As in the capturing of fish, so in the capturing of men for God’s Kingdom, God’s way will be found at variance with human standards: a lesson Peter and the rest were very slow to learn. As for Jesus, so for his associates, absolute surrender to the will of God is required.” (Page 947)
Bernard Orchard (1910–2006) was an English Roman Catholic Benedictine monk, headmaster, and biblical scholar. After graduating from college, John Archibald Henslowe Orchard adopted the name Bernard after taking the monastic habit at Downside Abbey. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1939, and began a fruitful career as a teacher and biblical scholar. Orchard contributed dozens of articles to leading scholarly journals and authored numerous books, including Synopsis of the Four Gospels in English, Synopsis of the Four Gospels in Greek, Born to be King—The Epic of the Incarnation, and The Origin and Evolution of the Gospels.