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The Navarre Bible: Saint Luke’s Gospel


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In the early 1970s the theology faculty of the University of Navarre embarked on the project of making a new Spanish translation of the Bible—a volume accompanied by commentary designed for the general reader. This project was entrusted to the faculty by St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei and the university’s first chancellor. The first volume, St. Matthew, appeared in 1976; the project was completed February 2005. The Navarre Bible series is considered by many the best Catholic commentary on the Bible available today.

More comprehensive than the The Navarre Bible: New Testament, this volume features notes and introductions—rarely very technical—designed to illuminate the spiritual and theological message of the Bible. The Standard Edition is replete with quotations from commentaries by the Fathers, as well as excerpts from other spiritual writers—not least among them, St. Josemaría Escrivá—provided to show how they read Scripture and made it meaningful in their lives.

The Gospel of Luke is unique in the fact that almost half of its content is not found in the other Gospels; this content includes Jesus’ infancy, certain parables, and the appearance of the risen Christ to his disciples at Emmaus. Luke highlights Jesus’ preparation for ministry: his baptism and temptation. This Gospel provides a narrative for Jesus’ extensive ministry in Galilee, where he began his preaching, called the 12 disciples, and worked many miracles, as well as for his ministry in Jerusalem. Luke presents universal salvation through Jesus Christ and this underlying theme is evident throughout the Gospel.

The Navarre Bible New Testament, Standard Edition is both scholarly and readable, presenting an intellectual, historical, and applicable survey of the riches of the New Testament. In the Logos edition of St. Luke’s Gospel, each Scripture passage links to your favorite translation, and is easy to study side-by-side with your other commentaries. You can search by topic or Scripture with split-second results!

This commentary does not include the Bible texts. The print edition cites the RSVCE and the Nova Vulgata, each available separately, or in select Verbum packages.

  • Provides an introduction to the Gospel of St. Luke
  • Draws on numerous Catholic resources
  • Contains a table of sources cited, maps, and informative notes
  • Map
  • Preface and Preliminary Notes
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction to the Gospel According to Luke
    • The Author
    • The Apostolic Figure of St. Luke
    • Canonicity
    • Date of Composition
    • Historical Accuracy
    • Content
    • Theological and Literary Features
    • Jesus Making his Way to Jerusalem
    • The Importance of the Ascension
    • Catholicity of the Gospel and of the Church
    • Jesus the Prophet and Savior
    • The Blessed Virgin Mary
    • Encouragement of Christian Living
  • The Gospel According to Luke: English Version, with Notes
  • New Vulgate Text
  • Explanatory Notes
  • Headings Added to the Biblical Text
  • Sources Quoted in the Commentary
[The Bible is] presented unambiguously as the inspired Word of God and, with the help of the commentaries, we are introduced to 2,000 years of contemplative Christian reading and living of the sacred Word.

Osservatore Romano

. . . Superb volume for adult Bible Study . . . most helpful, enlightening, and fascinating.

Catholic Transcript

  • Title: The Navarre Bible: Saint Luke’s Gospel
  • Translator: Michael Adams
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 218


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  2. John-John Sagabaen
  3. Darrell Tan

    Darrell Tan


    Devotional comments, some of which helpful, but others not much more than simple explanation of the narrative. I guess it's not what I was hoping for. Might suit a different reader.

  4. René Dlouhý

    René Dlouhý


  5. Ordice Gallups, Obl.S.B.
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  9. Glenn E. Davis


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