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Jonah, Tobit, Judith (Collegeville Bible Commentary. Old Testament ; 25) (Vol 25) Paperback – November 7, 1986


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  • Series: Collegeville Bible Commentary (Book 25)
  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (November 7, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814614825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814614822
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irene Nowell, OSB, of the Benedictine community of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, teaches Scripture courses at Saint John's School of Theology Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. She is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association, and the author of many books including Women in the Old Testament, and Numbers in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary, as well as Old Testament editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible, all published by Liturgical Press. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on April 14, 2010
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Should I try to review these three narratives as literature or as 'inspired' religious texts? They are certainly both, the only debatable issue being the nature and source of the 'inspiration.' "Jonah" is included in the canon of the Old Testament by Protestants, while "Tobit" and "Judith" are usually included in the Apocrypha. This 93-page study pamphlet comes from a catholic publisher and has both the 'imprimatur' and 'nihil obstat' certifications. Roughly the upper half half of each page is the narrative in the translation of the New American Bible; the lower half of each page consists of notes and explications by Irene Nowell, O.S.B. Much of Nowell's commentary focuses on the historical provenance of the three narratives, which she explicitly identifies as "fictions" intended as exhortations to the contemporaries of the anonymous authors. All three were composed centuries after the events they narrate.

"Jonah" was written around the Fifth century BCE, "when the Jews were still recovering from the Babylonian Captivity..." Nowell interprets it as a polemic against the "attitude of exclusivity and rigid observance of the law" which prevailed among Jews of that era. The man Jonah is sent to preach to non-Jews in the city of Nineveh. It's a short text, just a page and a half in my own Swedish cathechism Bible, and it's replete with thorny ambiguities, much stranger and subtler than the simple tale of Jonah and the Whale.

"Tobit" is the story of an exceptionally pious Jew held in exile in Assyria in the era of Sennacherib. Many of its historical details are inaccurate and it was probably written generations later as a parable of appropriate piety. Tobit shows his courage by piously burying the corpses of executed Jewish criminals, an act for which he is punished.
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