11 January 2009

Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture

I've been spending a lot of time recently looking into various translations of Scripture. Even among what are known as Catholic Bibles some verses are translated very differently. Alongside a solid translation of the Bible, a must is a good Scripture commentary. It seems though, that it is harder to find a good Catholic Scripture commentary than it is to find a reliable Bible translation!

I discovered earlier of a new set of Bible commentaries that are being prepared, a Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. From their site:
The CATHOLIC COMMENTARY ON SACRED SCRIPTURE combines outstanding biblical scholarship with lively faith to help Catholics, especially those in pastoral ministry, interpret Scripture and apply it to Christian life today. In seventeen volumes, the series offers readable, informative commentary on each book of the New Testament. The CCSS 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.

Central to the commentary’s approach are 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 CCSS helps readers grasp the meaning of texts both in their historical and literary context and in their relationship to Catholic doctrine and life in the present.

Currently available is the Gospel of Mark and First and Second Timothy, Titus. Further volumes to come are:

* The Gospel of Matthew by Edward Sri and Curtis Mitch
* The Gospel of Luke by Timothy Gray
* The Gospel of John by Francis Martin and William M. Wright IV
* The Acts of the Apostles by William Kurz, SJ
* Romans by Scott Hahn
* First Corinthians by George T. Montague, SM
* Second Corinthians by Thomas D. Stegman, SJ
* Galatians by Ronald D. Witherup, SS
* Ephesians by Peter S. Williamson
* Philippians, Colossians, Philemon by Dennis Hamm, SJ
* Hebrews by Scott Hahn and Mary Healy
* First and Second Peter, Jude by Daniel Keating
* Revelation by Peter S. Williamson

This promises to be a valuable study resource, and a good addition to my study guides.

No comments: