Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Ephesians (Catholic Comme... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by ardnasbooks
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: some neatly done UNDERLINING (as if a ruler were used), some edge wear, except where noted a good usable readable copy,
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Ephesians (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) Paperback – December 1, 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$9.56 $8.01

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
$20.00 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Ephesians (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)
  • +
  • Second Corinthians (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)
  • +
  • First Corinthians (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)
Total price: $59.74
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"I welcome with great joy the launch of this new 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. This is the kind of commentary for which the majority of readers have a great desire."--Albert Cardinal Vanhoye, SJ, Pontifical Biblical Institute, former secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission

"By bringing together historical background, exegetical interpretation, church tradition, theological reflection, and pastoral application, this series promises to enkindle thoughtful discussion about the implications of the New Testament for lived Christian faith in the Church today."--Katherine Hayes, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

"The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is a landmark achievement in theological interpretation of Scripture in and for the Church. Everything about it is inviting and edifying. It is a wonderful gift to the Catholic Church and a model for the rest of us. Highly recommended for all!"--Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore

"This fine new series unites the ancient and the contemporary by offering insight into the biblical text--verse by verse--as well as spiritual application to the lives of Christians today."--Robert Louis Wilken, University of Virginia

"The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is an ideal tool for living our faith more deeply. This extraordinary resource combines superior scholarship and a vivid, accessible style that will serve the interested layperson and the serious scholar equally well. It should be on the shelf of every committed Catholic believer. I highly recommend it."--Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Denver

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

About the Author

Peter S. Williamson (S.T.D., 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.

Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801035848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801035845
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Published in 2009 Peter Williamson's Ephesians is an instalment in the recent Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Series published by Baker Academic. Rightfully or wrongfully, Catholics are sometimes criticised for their perceived lack of Bible study. Aimed at a lay Catholic audience this series should be helpful in addressing any such deficiency, it strikes a balance between sound biblical exegesis and accessibility.

This Series is primarily intended for a non-expert audience. As is often the case in popular-level commentaries, the current book is focused distilling the key teachings of Ephesians and relating them to contemporary Christians. As a result there is only limited consideration of the textual and translation issues that are characteristic of more scholarly commentaries. These caveats aside, this is a solid short commentary. Williamson is a knowledgeable guide and a capable communicator. From a Catholic standpoint the references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church are particularly helpful in relating Ephesians to broader Catholic doctrine.

With regard to possible drawbacks; two minor observations. First, while Williamson offers a mainstream interpretation of Ephesians that is appropriate for a broad Christian audience, his occasional use of distinctive Catholic terminology may be a modest deterrent to non-Catholics. Second, from a physical presentation perspective, the use of bold font to highlight key phrases and words is overdone. While font changes can be a useful technique, in the current case it distracts from the flow of an otherwise readable text.

Overall this is a solid popular commentary. I would recommend it to Catholic readers seeking a non-technical introduction to Ephesians. Individuals looking for a more detailed scholarly analysis may enjoy some of the many high quality academic commentaries such as Sacra Pagina (Catholic), Anchor (ecumenical) or Cornerstone (evangelical).
Comment 17 of 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This wise, literate, and faithful presentation of the letter to the Ephesians is just one volume in a great new series of commentaries on the books of the New Testament, the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. It reflects contemporary biblical scholarship and describes pertinent scholarly issues, but it avoids the all-too-common vice of treating the text as a mere historical artifact to be X-rayed and freeze-dried in order to exhibit the commentator's mastery of academic arcana. Instead, this volume (like the others in the series) presents the text as the Word of God and seeks to illuminate the relevance of each verse for contemporary Christians. Faithful to Catholic principles of interpretation, it will be quite edifying to Christians of all faith traditions. Any serious bible student who wants to get a good grasp of Ephesians should start with this book. Ephesians (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)
Comment 10 of 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very readable commentary written for general consumption but with enough detail to keep the interest of more serious student. There are occasional discussions of the original greek which were interesting and helped clarify some passages. Each of the sections ends with a brief discussion of the application of what has been read.

As an Evangelical reading a Catholic commentary, I found the references to the "church" informative and not threatening. I was originally concerned that a Cotholic commentary would be filled with issues I would be unable to accept, but I was surprised how little I found to disagree with. I particularly enjoyed reading the included thoughts of Pope John Paul as they related to the material presented. His love for Jesus and reverence for the bible was clear in the quotes provided.

In summary the commentary is readable, interesting and although Catholic in origen, of value to all faithful christians.
Comment 6 of 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a priest in an extremely large parish (7500 families). This commentary series is a gem for helping with preparation of homilies. It has just enough academic details to help you have a good understanding of the literal sense (what was really happening in the historical context), without getting bogged down in debates over who wrote what when. The best feature is the Application for living sections. They really help make the Word of God present in our life now. I have it on my iPhone/Kindle, as well as the printed version. I just hope that they get more volumes of the series out quickly.
Comment 12 of 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By M. Cotone on September 22, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I agree with Mr Spencer's review, though I would not go so far as to rate this volume at one star. Disappointing, yes, wearying, yes, but not quite worthy of that depth of dislike. Quite simply, I gave up after reading about a quarter of the text. The style is, to put it kindly, overly florid, that is, of a sort intended to inspire enthusiasm rather than impart knowledge. The commentary has a tendency to focus on one or other fragment of the text, which is then used to confirm a chosen doctrine rather than illuminate the wider of the letter (understandable, if Professor Williamson is, as I recall reading somewhere, a convert to Catholicism from the Protestant tradition) and the sections on reflection and application again offer more enthusiasm than gravity. Like Professor Healy's commentary on the Gospel of Mark, this one is also scattered with "howlers," as they're called in classical studies, i.e., statements which reflect the author's imagination rather than his or her knowledge of ancient society and history. This is the fourth volume in this series which I've purchased and read. Except for that on the Gospel of Matthew, they've all proved to be less than satisfactory. I very much doubt that I will purchase another, or recommend them to the Catholics whom I serve.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Ephesians (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)
This item: Ephesians (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)
Price: $20.00
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: bibles, womens bible study books