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The Navarre Bible: Thessalonians & Pastoral 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.

The first epistle to the Thessalonians was written to the young church in Thessalonica after Paul fled the city due to persecution by Jews. This letter brought encouraging news to the Thessalonians and reassured them of the exalted fate of those who died as a result of persecution. Still, confusion persisted concerning Paul’s teaching of Christianity, Christian conduct, and Christ’s second coming. Paul’s Second Epistle to the Thessalonians addresses those remaining concerns regarding Christ’s second coming that the Church of Thessalonica still had. The “Pastoral Letters,” 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, were written to Paul’s two faithful disciples as guides for church government. These letters include practical advice and theological concepts, as well as guidance for Christian conduct.

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 Thessalonians & Pastoral 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 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus
  • Draws on numerous Catholic resources
  • Contains a table of sources cited, maps, and informative notes


  • Map
  • Preface and Preliminary Notes
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction to St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians
    • The City of Thessalonica
    • How the Letters Came to be Written
    • Place and Date of Composition, and addressees
    • Pauline Authorship
    • The Preaching of the Gospel
    • The Foundations of Faith and Morality
    • Eschatology
  • The First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians: English Version, with Notes
  • The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians: English Version, with Notes
  • Introduction to the Pastoral Letters
    • Canonicity and Authenticity
    • Doctrine
  • Introduction to the First Letter to Timothy
    • The Church of Ephesus
    • Content
  • The First Letter of Paul to Timothy: English Version, with Notes
  • Introduction to the Second Letter to Timothy
  • The Second Letter of Paul to Timothy: English Version, with Notes
  • Introduction to the Letter to Titus
  • The Letter of Paul to Titus: English Version, with Notes
  • New Vulgate Text
    • 1 Thessalonians
    • 2 Thessalonians
    • 1 Timothy
    • 2 Timothy
    • Titus
  • 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: Thessalonians & Pastoral Letters
  • Translator: Michael Adams
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 160

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.