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The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture has Officially Launched

10/8/2008 - 6:46 AM PST

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Grand Rapids, Michigan (OCTOBER 8, 2008) -- The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS), published by Baker Academic, has officially launched.

The CCSS responds to the desire of Catholics to study the Bible in depth in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. Each volume draws on the best of contemporary Catholic biblical scholarship and are written from a standpoint of lively faith. The authors implement the theological principles for interpreting Scripture taught by Vatican II, reading Scripture in its canonical context and interpreting it in the light of Catholic tradition.

Accessibly written yet substantive, the CCSS fills a gap in the available literature by offering commentaries that provide more than brief study guides but are less daunting than academic works. The seventeen-volume series will appeal to lay and ordained Catholics involved in pastoral ministry as well as lay Catholics interested in serious Bible study, professors and students wanting an accessible theological and pastoral commentary from a Catholic perspective, and libraries.

The CCSS is supplemented by 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 to help readers apply Scripture to Christian life today. Interspersed throughout the commentary are sidebars that 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 the Catholic tradition. An Index of Pastoral Topics at the end of each volume allows readers to quickly locate passages that are relevant to Christian life and ministry. Their rich content and engaging style makes these commentaries desirable not merely for reference but also as books to be relished for personal study or spiritual reading.

The inaugural volume, "The Gospel of Mark" by Mary Healy and "First and Second Timothy, Titus" by George T. Montague SM are now available.

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Baker Academic  MI, 49301 US
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1 - 2 of 2 Comments

  1. Hermit of Bardstown
    3 years ago

    I subscribe to this series and must say it is very fine indeed. So often people feel that commentaries are opposed to the magisteriuml That is not true. The Catechism alone is not enough to give you full and complete study of the sacred scripture, it is not meant to, either. This series along with Sacra Pagina, is a new benchmark for Catholic Commentary. I also like the Collegeville Commentary for it presents the information in less technical terms.

  2. Steven
    5 years ago

    has it recieved a nihil obstat? an imprimatur? Has its orthodoxy been investigated ad verified? If this is in fact a commentary that is faithful to the doctrines and interpretation of Holy Mother Church I cant wait to try it out.

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