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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: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I have it on my iPhone/Kindle, as well as the printed version.
John C. Garrett
Any serious bible student who wants to get a good grasp of Ephesians should start with this book.
Missalman
Each of the sections ends with a brief discussion of the application of what has been read.
Frederick Ilgenfritz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reader From Aurora on July 31, 2010
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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).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Missalman on July 12, 2010
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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)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John C. Garrett on February 15, 2010
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Ilgenfritz on August 10, 2010
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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.
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By JoseGC on March 13, 2014
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Profound analysis, yet simple to understand. this collection strictly follows the Catholic tradition, yet it is open to other creeds. I really enjoyed the reading and learned how to apply St. Paul's teachings to today's realities
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