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Examine Sacred Scripture and other ancient texts in depth with award-winning biblical scholar Joseph A. Fitzmyer. Known for his landmark work in Aramaic studies and on the Semitic background of the New Testament, in these 24 volumes Fitzmyer discusses Christology, interprets Scripture, presents his scholarship on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and much more. You’ll find verse-by-verse commentary on a variety of texts—as well as original and alternative translations, annotations, variants, historical background, analysis of authorship and dating, and bibliographies of primary and secondary literature. The Select Works of Joseph A. Fitzmyer is a valuable tool for your biblical and theological studies.

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This collection is part of the Modern Catholic Authors Bundle.

Key Features

  • Offers insights from one of today’s leading biblical scholars on a range of topics
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary, alternative translations, annotations, and variants on key biblical texts
  • References other valuable texts such as the Genesis Apocryphon and the Dead Sea Scrolls

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A Christological Catechism

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 192

Joseph A. Fitzmyer presents 25 succinctly phrased and candidly answered questions about Jesus. His book covers issues such as the virgin birth, the infancy narratives, Jesus’ claim to be the messiah, the historical accuracy and significance of the resurrection and ascension texts, the place of Peter and the apostles, the importance of the Apocryphal gospels, and more. This book holds insights for everyone—from the biblical scholar to the curious reader of the Scriptures.

A Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 248

The Dead Sea Scrolls are found in many varied publications—often ordered only by publication date, rather than a more easily navigable system—making specific texts difficult to find. Joseph Fitzmyer’s guide offers a practical remedy to this dilemma. A Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature starts by explaining the conventional system of abbreviations for the Scrolls. Then it helpfully lists specifically where readers can find each of the Scrolls and fragmentary texts from the eleven caves of Qumran and all the related sites, using the officially assigned numbers of the text. Fitzmyer supplies information on study tools helpful for scholars—concordances, dictionaries, translations, outlines of longer texts, and more—and briefly indicates electronic resources for the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The book would serve as a useful reference for any introductory course in the Dead Sea Scrolls and should in fact be listed as a reference resource on syllabi. Fitzmyer has done a great service to the Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship by revising and updating the book: eighteen years was too long without an update with the fast pace of current scholarship in the area. This book should be updated regularly to continue to serve the academic community.

The Review of Biblical Literature

A Manual of Palestinian Aramaic Texts

  • Authors: Joseph A. Fitzmyer and Daniel J. Harrington
  • Publisher: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 373

A Manual of Palestinian Aramaic Texts gathers together Palestinian Aramaic texts of various sorts and varying lengths from the last two centuries BC and the first two centuries AD (roughly 200 BC to AD 135). It presents the kind of Aramaic used in Palestine during this period. Discussions of the language of Jesus in recent decades have been legion, and much of that discussion has been based on texts that are of questionable relevance. The authors’ purpose in gathering the Palestinian Aramaic texts of this period is to illustrate what should be the background to that discussion.

The texts are of diverse character: a few of them are biblical (revealing the form of the text in this period); a number belong to the so-called intertestamental literature of Palestinian Jews; some of them are letters, contracts, or business documents of different sorts, reflecting various elements of Palestinian life of that period. The last part of the collection of texts presented here comes from ossuaries or tombstone inscriptions and often contains no more than a few words or names. Indeed, it is not at all easy to decide whether such texts are really written in Aramaic (and not in the Hebrew of the day). They are included here only to the extent that they have something in them that may indicate an Aramaic relationship.

A Manual of Palestinian Aramaic Texts provides the text of these documents (often with emendations and restorations, to the extent that these are possible), a translation of the text, a brief introduction, and a bibliography of secondary literature on each of the texts. A glossary of the texts completes the collection.

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, is professor of New Testament at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. In addition to serving as editor of New Testament Abstracts, he teaches courses in both the Old and the New Testament. His research focuses on biblical interpretation in antiquity, modern biblical interpretation, and the relation between exegesis and preaching. He has written over 30 books.

A Manual of Palestinian Aramaic Texts: Front and Back Matter and Translations

  • Authors: Joseph A. Fitzmyer and Daniel J. Harrington
  • Publisher: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico
  • Publication Date: 2002

According to Paul

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 192

This volume from distinguished Pauline scholar Joseph A. Fitzmyer contains several important essays on the Apostle Paul’s mission and teaching. Examine major issues such as Paul’s characteristic language, his Jewishness, and his relationship to the book of Acts. Also included is an insightful view of Paul’s opinion on preaching, and suggestions for preaching Pauline topics.

An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 217

An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture presents an annotated list of scholarly works, perfect for the student beginning a study in one of the many Scripture-related disciplines. Fitzmyer has gathered together the greatest titles in Biblical literature and briefly describes each work. He presents only those resources which will be best suited to each particular field of study.

Each title is organized into convenient categories. These categories, each one comprising a their own chapter, include Grammars, Concordances, Commentaries, Geography, History, Hermeneutics, and many others. Every basic discipline related to Scriptural studies is here represented. The titles are ordered alphabetically in each categoy subdivision. The more important ones are listed with an asterisk, and the most important with two asterisks.

Becoming orientied in the vast array of materials available for the study of Scripture can be a daunting task. The student can easily find themselves at a loss trying to decide where to discover the standard, reputable titles and authors in their chosen discipline. With An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture, readers now have access to the best primary and secondary titles available.

[O]ne can readily benefit from an interaction with the works included by this first rate biblical scholar.

Michigan Theological Journal

Interpretation of Scripture

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 153

This collection of essays seeks to establish the properly oriented use of the historical-critical method to interpret the Word of God in the Church. Joseph A. Fitzmyer presents the volume in defense of this method for the benefit of all Christian churches.

Spiritual Exercises Based on Paul’s Epistles to the Romans

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 235

Spiritual Exercises, based on Scripture passages of Jesus’ life and early Christian legends, were first introduced by Ignatius of Loyola in the sixteenth century. Joseph A. Fitzmyer notes that Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, while beneficial, lack teaching on Pauline texts and the Holy Spirit. To remedy this, Fitzmyer recasts the Pauline text of Romans into the form of 24 meditations, making it suitable for use in a retreat of eight days or less.

The Anchor Yale Bible: First Corinthians

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 688

This new translation of First Corinthians includes an introduction and extensive commentary that has been composed to explain the religious meaning of this Pauline epistle. Joseph A. Fitzmyer discusses all the usual introductory problems associated with the epistle, including issues of its authorship, time of composition, and purpose, and he also presents a complete outline.

The author analyzes the epistle, pericope-by-pericope, discussing the meaning of each one in a comment and explaining details in the notes. The book supplies a bibliography on the various passages and problems for readers who wish to investigate further, and useful indexes complete the volume. First Corinthians will be of interest to general readers who wish to learn more about the Pauline letters, and also to pastors, college and university teachers, graduate students studying the Bible, and professors of biblical studies.

The Anchor Yale Bible: Romans

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 832

Outside of the Gospels themselves, there is no single Christian document whose influence has been greater than Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Its explosive character has changed lives—Augustine’s, Martin Luther’s, and Karl Barth’s, to name a few—and precipitated revolutions.

This full-scale commentary deals with the most important issues of the early Christian church. And it is through the eyes of the apostle Paul, the major figure of this period, that we see dominant motifs and themes, the theological essentials of the Christian faith. Who better than the once pious Jew, converted to the Christian cause, to tell the reader about the early struggles with Judaism, the reluctant yet nurturing mother of this new community of faith?

This volume is aimed primarily at Christians, because the letter to the Romans is a part of their canon of Holy Scripture. But it is equally valuable for all those who have an interest in learning about one of the most important letters ever written by anyone, and in understanding the world-shaking movement of which it was an essential part, and to which it gave powerful impetus.

The Anchor Yale Bible: The Acts of the Apostles

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 864

For anyone interested in the origins of Christianity, Joseph A. Fitzmyer’s The Acts of the Apostles is indispensable. Beginning with the ascension of Christ into heaven, and ending with Paul proclaiming the kingdom of God from a prison in Rome, this New Testament narrative picks up where the Gospel of Luke left off. The Acts of the Apostles is indeed a journey of nearly epic proportions—and one that requires a guide as adept as Fitzmyer.

Since Acts was most likely written by the same person who composed the Gospel of Luke, it is only fitting that the Anchor Yale Bible commentaries on these New Testament books should be written by the same author. With The Acts of the Apostles, Fitzmyer gives readers the long-awaited companion to his two-volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke.

The four Gospels recount the life and teachings of Jesus, but only the book of the Acts of the Apostles tells the story of what happened after Jesus’ departure. In this second of Luke’s two-volume work, he picks up with Jesus saying farewell to his followers; then Luke tells the fast-paced story of the birth and growth of the early church. This narrative reads like a major breaking news story, with the apostles Peter and Paul as the main characters.

The interpretation of Acts requires a scholar of the highest quality. As he demonstrates in The Acts of the Apostles, Joseph Fitzmyer not only is up to the task but establishes once again why he is ranked among the world’s top biblical scholars. Far from being a rehash of old ideas and well-rehearsed theories, Fitzmyer’s commentary distinguishes itself as the capstone of his career, with a new synthesis of all the relevant data from the Roman world to the present. He provides a thorough introduction to the background, text, and context of the book, as well as chapter-by-chapter notes and comments in which are offered insights and answers to questions that have long plagued preachers and parishioners, teachers and students.

The Anchor Yale Bible: The Gospel according to Luke I–IX

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1970
  • Pages: 848

In this first of two volumes on the Gospel according to Luke, Joseph A. Fitzmyer provides an exhaustive introduction, a definitive new translation, and extensive notes and commentary on Luke’s Gospel. Fitzmyer brings to the task his mastery of ancient and modern languages, his encyclopedic knowledge of the sources, and his intimate acquaintance with the questions and issues occasioned by the third Synoptic Gospel.

Luke’s unique literary and linguistic features, its relation to the other Gospels and the book of Acts, and its distinctive theological slant are discussed in detail by the author. The Jesus of Luke’s Gospel speaks to the Greco-Roman world of first-century Christians, giving the followers of Jesus a reason for remaining faithful. Fitzmyer’s exposition of this Gospel helps modern-day Christians hear the good news afresh.

The Anchor Yale Bible: The Gospel according to Luke X–XXIV

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 848

In this second of two volumes on the Gospel of Luke, beginning with chapter 10, Joseph A. Fitzmyer builds on the exhaustive introduction, definitive new translation, and extensive notes and commentary presented in his first volume. Fitzmyer brings to the task his mastery of ancient and modern languages, his encyclopedic knowledge of the sources, and his intimate acquaintance with the questions and issues raised by the third Synoptic Gospel.

In “joining the spirit to the letter” and scholarship to faith, this two-volume commentary on Luke has, as the Journal of Biblical Literature predicted, “rapidly and deservedly become the standard work on Luke.” Luke’s unique literary and linguistic features, its relation to the other Gospels and the book of Acts, and its distinctive theological slant are discussed in detail by the author. The Jesus of Luke’s Gospel speaks to the Greco-Roman world of first-century Christians, giving the followers of Jesus a reason for remaining faithful. Fitzmyer’s exposition of Luke helps modern-day Christians hear the Good News afresh and understand it like never before.

The Anchor Yale Bible: The Letter to Philemon

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 138

The apostle Paul’s letter to his friend and fellow Christian Philemon, which focuses on the question of slavery, has long inspired debate. Onesimus, one of Philemon’s slaves, has left his master’s house and sought refuge with Paul, during which time he has converted to Christianity. In a letter to Philemon, Paul assures his friend that he is sending Onesimus back, but pleads for mercy on the slave’s behalf, asking Philemon to treat him as a beloved brother and as he would treat the apostle himself.

Examining Paul’s letter within the context of the social, political, and economic realities of the time, Joseph A. Fitzmyer sheds light on the question of whether Paul was suggesting that Onesimus be granted freedom from slavery or whether he was simply advocating a lenient treatment of Onesimus. His insights not only clarify Paul’s position but show why the letter is relevant in the Church today.

The Aramaic Inscriptions of Sefire

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 271

A thorough commentary of the Aramaic inscriptions of Sefire. This revised edition of Fitzmyer’s classic work also includes transcriptions of all three Steles, a helpful introduction, extensive bibliography, analysis of the grammar of the inscriptions, a list of the names associated with the inscriptions, several indices, and two essays entitled “The Affinity of the Sefire Inscriptions to Hittite and Assyrian Treaties” and “The Land of KTK.”

The Aramaic Inscriptions of Sefire: Commentary

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • Publication Date: 1995

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
  • Publisher: W. B. Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 307

This volume by Joseph Fitzmyer, a pioneer in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls research, collects twelve of his recent studies on the Scrolls, including a new essay on Qumran messianism. Well known for his landmark work in Aramaic studies and on the Semitic background of the New Testament, Fitzmyer explores how the Scrolls have shed light on the interpretation of biblical themes and on the rise of early Christianity. All of the articles in this volume have been updated to take into account current discussions.

Scholars, teachers, and students will greatly benefit from accessing this volume from one of the foremost contemporary scholars of the early Jewish and New Testament deposit.

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The Genesis Apocryphon of Qumran Cave 1 (1Q20): A Commentary

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 343

This is the third, revised edition of the standard commentary on the Genesis Apocryphon. This edition has integrated new textual findings, in particular two columns of the text previously considered to be too fragmentary for inclusion. The commentary also evaluates recent scholarly discussion on virtually every part of the text. This edition also presents an updated reference grammar of the Aramaic of the Genesis Apocryphon and a complete glossary. In this respect, the book can also serve as a solid introduction to the study of the Aramaic of Qumran.

The Genesis Apocryphon of Qumran Cave 1 (1Q20), a Commentary: Translation and Commentary

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • Publication Date: 2004

The Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 176

Noted Bible scholar Joseph A. Fitzmyer assesses the impact of the texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Written for interested readers and students of the Bible, this book emphasizes the importance of the discovery of these texts along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1963.

The One Who Is to Come

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 221

“Messiah” is one of the most contested terms in Christian reflection, with many people reading the concept back into early Old Testament texts. In The One Who Is to Come, Joseph Fitzmyer offers up an alternative perspective, carefully tracing the emergence of messianism in Judaism to a much later date—the second century BC.

The One Who Is to Come begins with a linguistic discussion of the term “messiah,” then demonstrates the gradual emergence of the idea of a future, dynasty-continuing David, before finally examining the “anointed one” language in the latest biblical text, Daniel 9. It also examines the use of the term in the Septuagint and extra-biblical Jewish writings, as well as the New Testament, Targums, and the Mishnah. Fitzmyer’s masterful study presents a novel, biblical thesis that will appeal to scholars, students, and all who wish to investigate the complex history of messianism.

Vintage Fitzmyer—corrective, comprehensive, and compelling. Surely The One Who Is to Come will become the benchmark for all further discussion of the concept of ‘Messiah’ in both Judaism and Christianity.

—Karl P. Donfried, Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor Emeritus of Religion, Pontifical Bible Institute, Smith College

This magisterial work is destined to become the standard in the field for years to come. With impeccable scholarship, Joseph Fitzmyer examines the use of ‘messiah’ in Jewish and Christian literature, clarifying the development of messianism in early Christianity and Judaism—a topic often misunderstood and misrepresented. Christians and Jews are indebted to Fitzmyer for elucidating a concept that has often divided them. After reading this work, scholars will reevaluate many cherished assumptions.

—Karp P. Donfried, Pontifical Bible Institute, Smith College

The Semitic Background of the New Testament, Volume 1

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 550

The Semitic Background of the New Testament is a combined edition of two books by Joseph Fitzmyer that have influenced and shaped New Testament studies during the past few decades. This first volume, Essays on the Semitic Background of the New Testament, includes papers written over a fourteen-year period that reflect on a variety of New Testament problems that have been illuminated by data gathered from the Semitic world of the eastern Mediterranean.

The Semitic Background of the New Testament, Volume 2

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 304

This second volume, A Wandering Aramean: Collected Aramaic Essays, explores the relation between the host of recently discovered Aramaic texts and the writings of the New Testament. The first volume, Essays on the Semitic Background of the New Testament, includes papers written over a fourteen-year period that reflect on a variety of New Testament problems that have been illuminated by data gathered from the Semitic world of the eastern Mediterranean.

These works bring to light important aspects of New Testament study missed by those who concentrate on its Greek or Hellenistic background. Volume II includes an appendix containing additional notes and updated bibliographic references in connection with both of these Fitzmyer volumes.

To Advance the Gospel

  • Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • Series: Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 439

In this greatly expanded second edition of To Advance the Gospel, Joseph A. Fitzmyer has added eight new studies of important Pauline and Lucan topics not part of his original work. Together these nineteen essays consider a number of major issues in the study of the New Testament as well as in the life of the church today.

Readers will find discussions of such themes as the priority of Mark and the "Q" source in Luke, crucifixion in ancient Palestine, the gospel in the theology of Paul, the ascension of Christ and Pentecost, and the resurrection of Christ according to the New Testament.

About Joseph A. Fitzmyer

Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ, is professor emeritus of biblical studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is a noted scholar of New Testament and Aramaic, and has taught at Woodstock College, University of Chicago, Fordham University, and Weston School of Theology. In 1984 he was awarded the Berkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Royal Academy. He is the American member of the Biblical Commission, president of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, and past president of both The Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association. He has authored over 20 books, and he is coeditor of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.

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