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Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Upgrade (2 vols.)
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Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Upgrade (2 vols.)

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Baker Academic 2013

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These engaging, faithfully Catholic commentaries relate Scripture to everyday life. They are supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible and use it in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. These volumes cover the books of Acts, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. Add these important resources to your personal library today!

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Key Features

  • Offers detailed exposition and commentary on Acts, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon
  • Provides introductions to authorship, literary unity, historical context, theological themes, and contemporary relevance
  • Includes a glossary, indexes, and a list of suggested resources

Praise for the Print Edition

After 20 years of teaching priests as well as teaching Catholic laypeople, seminarians, and deacons in formation, I can say with confidence that the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is a landmark achievement in theological interpretation of Scripture in and for the Church. Everything about it is inviting and edifying, from the format, photos, background notes, and cross-references (to Scripture and the Catechism) to the rich exposition of the text, quotations from the Church’s living tradition, and reflections for contemporary life. It is a wonderful gift to the Catholic Church and a model for the rest of us. Highly recommended for all!

Michael J. Gorman, professor, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore

By bringing together historical background, exegetical interpretation, Church tradition, theological reflection, and pastoral application, this series promises to enkindle thoughtful discussion about the implications of the New Testament for lived Christian faith in the church today. Its accessible format and multi-angled approach offer a model for teaching and ministry.

—Katherine Hayes, associate professor, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

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

Informed by careful scholarship, yet accessible to a wide audience, the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture belongs in homes, parishes, college classrooms, and anywhere that a clear, lively, faithful guide to Bible study is welcome. Catholics delving into Scripture will find here a first-class resource for discovering, or rediscovering, the spiritual riches of the New Testament.

—Paul Thigpen, professor, Southern Catholic College

Individual Titles


  • Author: William S. Kurz
  • 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 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.

Philippians, Colossians, Philemon

  • Author: Dennis Hamm
  • 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.

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.

Product Details

  • Title: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Upgrade
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 688

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