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Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (7 vols.)
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Overview

The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (7 vols.) responds to the desire of Catholics to study the Bible in depth and in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. The series offers a readable, informative commentary on eleven books of the New Testament. The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture implements the theological principles taught by Vatican II for interpreting Scripture "in accord with the same Spirit by which it was written"—that is, interpreting Scripture in its canonical context and in the light of Catholic tradition and the analogy of faith (Dei Verbum 12).

The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (7 vols.) is packed with features designed to help readers use the Bible more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. Each volume provides exegesis as well as reflection and application sections. A set of cross-references links each passage to the Catechism, the Lectionary, and related biblical texts. Sidebars present information on the background of the text and on how the text has been interpreted by the Church. Abundant quotations from saints and Church Fathers enable readers to glimpse the continuity of Catholic tradition. Each volume includes a glossary, a list of suggested resources, an Index of Pastoral Topics, and an Index of Sidebars.

With the Logos edition, each Scripture passage is linked with your favorite translation, and easy to study side by side with your other commentaries. You can search by topic or Scripture with lightning fast results!

Key Features

  • Includes a glossary, list of suggested resources, and two indexes
  • Sidebars provide further information to the commentary
  • Detailed exposition and commentary on the text
  • Introduction to authorship, literary unity, historical context, theological themes, and contemporary relevance

Praise for the Print Edition

The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is a long-awaited addition to Catholic books on the Bible. It is clearly written, sticks to the facts, treats the Bible as true history, and does not get lost in idle speculation and guesswork about the sources of the Gospels and the other books. Homilists will find here the pearl of great price and the treasure hidden in a field. Laypersons who are looking for a truly Catholic interpretation of the Bible will find it here. Those who want to know more about God's holy word in the Bible will want to purchase the whole set.

—Kenneth Baker, SJ, editor, Homiletics and Pastoral Review

Those who preach and teach will find their burden lightened and turned into delight with the help of these commentaries. In a time when much biblical scholarship is written for other biblical scholars, these authors understand that the Bible is the book of the Church, the entire people of God.

—Richard John Neuhaus, priest, Archdiocese of New York

Direct, clear, and spiritually rich, the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is just what we need today: patient exposition of God's Word that illuminates and is illuminated by the teaching and practice of the Church.

—R. R. Reno, Professor of Theological Ethics, Creighton University

There is a great hunger among Catholic laity for a deeper understanding of the Bible. The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture fills the need for a more in-depth interpretation of Scripture. I am very excited to be able to recommend this new series to our Bible Study groups around the world.

—Gail Buckley, founder and director, Catholic Scripture Study International

Individual Titles

The Gospel of Matthew

  • Author: Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 400

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This engaging commentary, like each in the series, relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. The Gospel of Matthew is an ideal resource for those preaching or teaching on the Sunday Gospel readings from Matthew.

Over forty years ago, the Second Vatican Council called for biblical scholars to study the languages, literature, history, and culture of the Bible while paying close attention to the unity of Scripture, the living tradition of the Church, and the analogy of faith. In this exciting new commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri do an outstanding job of fulfilling the biblical vision of Vatican II. For years I have wished for an up-to-date Catholic commentary on Matthew that would unite history and theology, Scripture and tradition, Old and New Testaments, Jewish roots and Christian faith. Now we have one! This extremely readable commentary should be on the shelf of any priest, deacon, seminarian, or layperson who wants to bring out 'treasures new and old' from the pages of the First Gospel.

—Brant Pitre, Professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary

Is it possible to write a historically informed commentary on the Gospel of Matthew that does not position itself skeptically vis-a-vis the claims made in the narrative? Catholic scholars have for some time been hesitant to answer yes. In this volume, Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri invite us to meet the Jesus depicted by the evangelist Matthew—to meet him in his historical context and to meet him without fear that Matthew is leading us astray. The result is like meeting Jesus again for the first time: the Jesus whom we worship in the liturgy meets us in the Gospel as the living, breathing first-century Jew who is Emmanuel, God with us.

—Matthew Levering, Professor of Theology, University of Dayton

Curtis Mitch (MA, Franciscan University) is research fellow and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Ohio. He is the coauthor with Scott Hahn of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.

Edward Sri (STD, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome) is Provost and Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and the author of several books on Scripture and the Catholic faith.

The Gospel of Mark

  • Author: Mary Healy
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 352

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Integrating Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life, Mary Healy's volume unwraps the riches of Mark's Gospel for serious students and novices alike. It includes links to catechism and lectionary texts, accessible and substantive exegesis, reflection and application suggestions, biblical background and living tradition sidebars, and much more.

This well-written book fills a very important niche in our appreciation of the Gospels. Healy combines literary sensitivity with theological vigor, resulting in a reading of Mark that puts a compelling face on the message of this Gospel.

—Gary Anderson, Professor of Old Testament, University of Notre Dame

Though Mark's Gospel is the shortest Gospel in length, it is certainly not short in profound insights on the life and teaching of Our Lord. Mary Healy plumbs the depths and unwraps the riches of this Gospel for both the serious scholar and the novice alike in her easy-to-read and lucid style. With the incisiveness of a surgeon and the clarity of a scholar, she pulls back the curtain on the first century and the ministry of Jesus Christ. This commentary on Mark will fill an important place in my library!

—Steve Ray, host of the ten-part documentary series Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine

Mary Healy skillfully and insightfully moves her readers to plumb the spiritual depths of Mark's Gospel through helpful sections of 'living tradition' and 'reflection and application.' I have found her commentary a boon in homily preparation. If the other volumes in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture live up to the high standard that Healy has attained, Catholic Christians will be enriched and grateful.

—Robert J. Karris, OFM, research professor, The Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University

Mary Healy (STD, Pontifical Gregorian University) is Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, and senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. She is the author of Men and Women Are from Eden and coeditor of several books on biblical interpretation.

First Corinthians

  • Author: George T. Montague
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 320

The first letter to the Corinthians offers crucial insight into a less-than-perfect Christian community struggling to follow Jesus in a multicultural world. Providing a fresh exegesis of the text, Montague examines the divisions within the Corinthian church, issues about marriage, problems with worship, and questions about the resurrection—and reflects on contemporary applications of Paul's first-century epistle.

George T. Montague, SM (STD, University of Fribourg), is Professor of New Testament at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Understanding the Bible. In 1995 he began a new religious community in the Marianist family, the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple.

Second Corinthians

  • Author: Thomas D. Stegman
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 320

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In this volume, Thomas Stegman presents us with his work on Second Corinthians, a book he believes demands the most attention from Christians. Stegman is judicious and handles the material of Second Corinthians well, without losing his intended audience: Catholics who since Vatican II have shown a greater desire to learn about and understand Scripture and its role in their faith. It relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry.

A blessing offered to the whole Church, Tom Stegman's commentary presents the heart of St. Paul's message: the fullness of God's love for us that has opened up a new way of life, empowered by the intimate presence of the Holy Spirit, who shapes us more and more in the likeness of Christ. This inspiring book will encourage numerous Catholics and other Christians in understanding better and accepting more generously a truly Christ-centered existence.

—Gerald O'Collins, SJ, Emeritus Professor of Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University

Thomas Stegman's commentary on 2 Corinthians is elegant, clear, and deeply insightful. He takes one of Paul's hardest letters and makes it intelligible. With a masterful grasp of Paul's rhetoric, he shows readers how the apostle challenges his ancient readers—and readers today—to live out the character of Jesus Christ.

—Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Thomas D. Stegman, SJ (PhD, Emory University), is Associate Professor of New Testament and Professor Ordinarius in the ecclesiastical faculty at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Newton, Massachusetts. He is the author of The Character of Jesus: The Linchpin to Paul's Argument in Second Corinthians.

Ephesians

  • Author: Peter S. Williamson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 224

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In this volume, Peter Williamson interprets Ephesians for pastoral ministers and lay readers alike. Insightful, very accessible (especially to those unschooled in the use of commentaries) Ephesians provides a fresh and informative treatment of this epistle that handles biblical scholarship without delving into technical jargon or merely "academic" issues. This volume, like each in the series, relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry.

A landmark achievement in theological interpretation of Scripture in and for the Church. Everything about it is inviting and edifying. Highly recommended for all!

—Michael J. Gorman, Professor of Sacred Scripture, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore

Peter S. Williamson (STD, Pontifical Gregorian University) holds the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture and coeditor of John Paul II and the New Evangelization.

First and Second Timothy, Titus

  • Author: George T. Montague
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 272

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The apostle Paul's New Testament letters to Timothy and Titus offer crucial guidelines for pastors and church leaders. Montague presents sound exegesis that fully explores the offices and duties proposed in the first century, explains how they differ from contemporary practice, and reflects on the pastoral, theological, and practical applications of the text.

A good mixture of scriptural scholarship, background information, church teaching, and practical application. . . . [This commentary] will help especially the teacher and the preacher.

—David Sanders, OP, New Blackfriars

George Montague's volume on First and Second Timothy, Titus in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is a rich addition to the study of the Pastoral Epistles. Tackling the tough questions of authorship and dating, Montague presents a scholarly and Catholic exegesis that incisively analyzes all the arguments and draws carefully thought-out conclusions. Gleaning from sources ancient and modern, the scope of the commentary is broad and faithfully Catholic. The sidebars and historical and cultural notes make this an exceptionally valuable resource. This is certainly a welcomed addition to my library!

—Steve Ray, host of the ten-part documentary series Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine

George T. Montague, SM (STD, University of Fribourg), is Professor of New Testament at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Understanding the Bible. In 1995 he began a new religious community in the Marianist family, the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple.

First and Second Peter, Jude

  • Author: Daniel Keating
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 224

In this volume, Daniel Keating interprets First and Second Peter and Jude for pastoral ministers and lay readers alike.

Daniel Keating (DPhil, University of Oxford) is Associate Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria, The Theology of Cyril of Alexandria, Aquinas on Doctrine, and Aquinas on Scripture.

Product Details

  • Title: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 2,112