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