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Product Details

  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801036321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801036323
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

"George Montague's First Corinthians is a great addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Of all Paul's letters, First Corinthians is the one that enables us to see the reality of a first-century Christian community and read Paul's reflections thereon. Drawing from what Paul wrote, Montague shows the continuity between the Church of God at Corinth and the Catholic Church of the twenty-first century. It is as insightful about the one as it is the other."
--Raymond F. Collins, visiting scholar, Brown University

Praise for the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture

"This series richly provides what has for so long been lacking among contemporary scriptural commentaries. Its goal is to assist Catholic preachers and teachers, lay and ordained, in their ministry of the Word. Moreover, it offers ordinary Catholics a scriptural resource that will enhance their understanding of God's Word and thereby deepen their faith. Thus these commentaries, nourished on the faith of the Church and guided by scholarly wisdom, are both exegetically sound and spiritually nourishing."
--Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM Cap, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

"I welcome with great joy this collection of commentaries on the Bible because the project corresponds perfectly to a pressing need in the Church. I am speaking about exegetical studies that are well grounded from a scholarly point of view but not overburdened with technical details, and at the same time related to the riches of ancient interpretation, nourishing for spiritual life, and useful for catechesis, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of pastoral ministry."
--Albert Cardinal Vanhoye, SJ, Pontifical Biblical Institute, former secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission

"This commentary series appears to me to be a gift of the Holy Spirit to Catholic clergy, religious, and laity at this historic moment. Pope Benedict has effectively announced the rebirth of Catholic biblical theology, bringing together Scripture, tradition, and the teachings of the Church. This commentary reflects not only biblical criticism but also the unity of the Word of God as it applies to our lives."
--Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, author and preacher

For more information on the series, visit www.CatholicScriptureCommentary.com.

About the Author

George T. Montague, S.M. (S.T.D., 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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie D. VINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
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I enjoyed Mary Healey's commentary on The Gospel of Mark so much that I thought I'd try another in the series.

What better to read than a commentary on one of the books that reflects Christians living the way we do today? Or practically. Drinking and fussing and feuding and snubbing each other ... no wonder poor Paul had to write them two good sized letters.

This has all the features of the other book (cross references with other scripture, the Catechism, lectionary; sidebar boxes with Biblical background, living tradition, history; points for reflection and application). The only difference is how a different author handles the material. In Montague's case, it is handled well thus far. The biggest change that I can see is Montague's more personal approach, frequently using his own point of view and interjecting personal stories into the reflection and application section. I am not a fan of this approach. Most of the points so far could have been handled in a more impersonal fashion (a la Healy's book) which opens it up for each person to reflect on their own points. The personal touch, in this series, seems to me to limit viewpoint.

Despite the personal comments, which are fewer and fewer as we get into the book, this is brilliant. Talk about digging into the scripture. I particularly appreciate the comparison of original words to the different translations (NAB, RSV, NIV, etc.) as it helps me see all the ways one can look at a passage ... and often compared to the original text there is no one translation that comes closest to the actual meaning. I can't recommend this commentary highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tcat on January 16, 2012
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This commentary is detailed and gives the reader needed information for understanding the content-meaning for the people of the time it was written as well as for us today. The language and grammar are easy to understand for the average person. It's a great addition for any person who wants to study the Bible in-depth with exergisis in mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra L Bates on September 21, 2014
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First Corinthians, by George T. Montague, SM, is exactly what I wanted and needed! This book gives a complete and thorough explanation of scripture, verse by verse as well as added background to help me understand the time and culture of the people. It is an excellent source! I highly recommend it to others studying scripture.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoseGC on September 13, 2012
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I have read this book before and I find the comments very useful and applicable to modern circumstances. This is the reason I decided to buy it for myself. Unfortunately, I have not been able to download it to my iPad; it does not appear at my Kindle Cloud
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