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The Navarre Bible: Captivity Letters


Four Courts, Scepter 2005

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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.

Paul’s “Captivity Letters,” the epistles of Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and Philippians, were written during his period of imprisonment. In these four letters Paul discusses, among many things, Gnostic teaching, the mystery of Christ (Christology), specific points of faith that Christians should adhere to, and the theology of the Church.

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 Captivity Letters, 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.

Key Features

  • Provides an introduction to Paul’s Captivity Letters
  • Draws on numerous Catholic resources
  • Contains a table of sources cited, maps, and informative notes


  • Preface and Preliminary Notes
  • Abbreviations
  • The Captivity Letters
  • Introduction to the Letter to the Ephesians
    • The City of Ephesus
    • Readership and Date of the Letter
    • Pauline Authorship
    • Structure
    • Doctrinal Content
    • Special Features
  • The Letter to the Ephesians: English Version, with Notes
  • Introduction to the Letter to the Philippians
    • The City of Philippi
    • Paul’s Authorship of the Letter
    • An Amalgam of Letters?
    • The Reason for the Letter
    • Place and Date of Composition
    • Structure
    • Doctrinal Content
  • The Letter to the Philippians: English Version, with Notes
  • Introduction to the Letter to the Colossians
    • The City of Colossae
    • Place and Date of Composition of the Letter
    • Pauline Authorship
    • The Reason for the Letter
    • Structure and Content
    • Principal Doctrinal Topics
  • The Letter to the Colossians: English Version, with Notes
  • Introduction to the Letter to Philemon
    • Date and Reason for the Letter
    • Pauline Authorship
    • Content and Message
  • The Letter to Philemon: English Version, with Notes
  • New Vulgate Text
    • Ephesians
    • Philippians
    • Colossians
    • Philemon
  • Explanatory Notes
  • Headings Added to the Biblical Text
  • Maps
  • Sources Quoted in the Commentary

Praise for the Series

[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

Product Details

  • Title: The Navarre Bible: Captivity Letters
  • Translator: Michael Adams
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 190

About Michael Adams

Michael Adams was a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, and the University of Navarre, Pamplona. Michael’s first significant involvement in publishing was with Irish University Press. He was also instrumental in setting up Irish Academic Press, where he served as managing director until 1995. Michael was the author of Censorship: the Irish experience (the subject of his PhD thesis), as well as two short books on religion. In recognition of his contribution to academic studies in Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Letters in 2005.

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