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Navarre Bible Old Testament 7 volume set (Navarre Bible, Navarre Bible Old Testament) Hardcover – 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Scepter (2008)
  • ASIN: B001MJRI30
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 10.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By john on December 23, 2009
This set of 7 volumes of the Old Testament is truly spectacular - the quality of the books themselves, and the quality of the commentaries are outstanding. The formatting of these volumes is similar to the New Testament single-volume work recently released, and if you're interested in those layout details, see my review on the Navarre New Testament. These works of the Old Testament are smaller in size and a bit easier to handle.

On the commentary itself, I found the Wisdom books to be especially insightful. This being a Catholic work, the full canon of the Church is represented. When I read Sirach, along with the accompanying commentary, I recognized the first whispers of the Gospel of John. Sirach was written in the 2nd century B.C. during a time when Greek thought was on the ascent in the Jewish world. The book firmly stresses the need to adhere to Jewish Wisdom as revealed by God. The personification of Wisdom in Sirach (also found in Proverbs), foreshadows the personification of the Word: there at the beginning, eternal with the Father before the foundations of the world.

Sirach is on the threshold of what is to be revealed in a few short generations with the coming of Christ: that the Wisdom of God is in fact the Word of God. And the Word became flesh. The prologue to John's gospel comes even more alive (for me, at least) with this understanding. I could imagine that Sirach, on meeting the Lord face to face and having all revealed, would have said "but of course... that is what I was faintly seeing... now it all makes sense.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 29, 2010
I have all 10 volumes, the 7 from the Old Testament and the 3 for the New. The books themselves are excellently bound, on good quality paper and typeset that make them easy to read, and should stand up to wear and tear for many years.

The RSV is an excellent translation, which it uses in conjunction with the Latin. I do not use the Latin much, but occasionally it is good to see the original word from Jerome, though of course not the original / original word, which obviously is in Hebrew or Greek.

The commentary is excellent also, though passages that I thought might have commentary on them were missing. I have found myself on a few occasions going to a volume to look for some explanation only to find it silent on the matter. My biggest piece of advise is that no-one should think that this should be the only source of commentary on the scripture. I find myself using Navarre, plus other works. I spread them out on my desk and reference three or more books.

So the Navarre is a good base to start with, but leave yourself enough funds to obtain other works. For example, Pope Benedict's "Jesus of Nazareth" is an excellent commentary on the Gospels. I also recommend Rashi's commentary on the Hebrew Bible (Rashi was from the 11th Century, and a Jewish Rabbi).

So, so long as you don't expect this to be a one-stop shop for all of your Bible study needs, then it is an excellent start. And of course you can buy them individually and build up as funds allow. I hear that there are new versions of the New Testament commentary and an expanded version.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Beverlin Jr. on March 21, 2011
The Navarre Series is the best commentary based on the RSV Catholic Edition available. I purchased the OT set from Amazon and the NT series from the publisher Sceptre Publications. The only thing close to this is the Dom Orchard commentaries based on the Douay Rheims Bible which has been re-publshed on Lulu. I highly recomend both of these commentaries to those interested in their catholic faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skabberdink on January 24, 2013
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Detailed, interesting, information that supports your faith. Well-written, of course, and definitely worth the price to get the whole set. A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adeste Fideles on July 12, 2012
I have a few different Bible commentaries but the Navarre series is something special. Throughout the pages of scripture, faithful Catholic commentary is given and unlike many modern scripture study aids, the commentary in the Navarre is very pastoral in nature rather than focusing on the historical-critical aspects of things. The emphasis throughout the commentary of the Navarre series is how various things to be found in the sacred text relate to God's plan of salvation. This represents a distinct difference from how most commentaries in the last 50 years have approached things.

I highly recommend this series.

Peace,
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The rich commentary provides insight to difficult passages from the Church Fathers, Church Doctors, and Saints. This is truly a treasure trove of information. Worth every penny you will spend on it. There is nothing else out there like it and I am a huge fan of the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition which is what this uses as the English text. It beats the pants off the NAB.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roz11e on December 23, 2010
this was reccommended to me bya priest and seminarian so its gotta have some seriously good stuff in it! i read some parts of it already and i find it gives me a pretty good insight into whats going on. it has some useful sections on the background too. its not line by line explanation but it will grab the section and explain it and if the line is significant it will explain the line. it also has the bible passage in latin too which was super exciting for me because i know a latin based language and it helps me understand latin words and also gain a deeper understanding of the context from another language. i reccommend using it with other bible study resources to get 100% out of what you're looking for, maybe the ignatius or a bible commentary.

the only thing i didnt like about this was that the delivery came late and the person i bought it from took a while to respond and gave many excuses as to why they did not respond as well as take ages to give me the tracking number. in the end i am happy because they are here now :)
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