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The Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) Paperback – November 1, 2008
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"Mary Healy skillfully and insightfully moves her readers to plumb the spiritual depths of Mark's Gospel. I have found her commentary a boon in homily preparation. If the other volumes in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture live up to the high standard that Healy has attained, Catholic Christians will be enriched and grateful."--Robert J. Karris, OFM, The Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University
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"Coinciding with the Bishops' Synod on 'The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,' this seventeen-volume commentary on the New Testament represents a much-needed approach, based on good scholarship but not overloaded with it. The frequent references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church help us to read Holy Scripture with a vivid sense of the Living Tradition of the Church."--Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna
"This series richly provides what has for so long been lacking among contemporary scriptural commentaries. Its goal is to assist Catholic preachers and teachers, lay and ordained, in their ministry of the word. Moreover, it offers ordinary Catholics a scriptural resource that will enhance their understanding of God's word and thereby deepen their faith. Thus these commentaries, nourished on the faith of the Church and guided by scholarly wisdom, are both exegetically sound and spiritually nourishing."--Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM Cap, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
"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, from the format, photos, background notes, and cross-references to the rich exposition of the text, quotations from the Church's living tradition, and reflections for contemporary life. 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
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The Catholic Commentary is deigned to do just this. For me, it is in the design of the commentaries that most effectively communicates. First, the biblical text is grouped based on subject. For example, Mark 10:13-16 is grouped and labeled as "The Blessing of the Children." Immediately following the text, the authors present a List of References which includes Catechism paragraphs, and other Scriptural cross references relative to the grouped subject. This is very helpful since both scripture and Tradition are referenced in one convenient location grouped around a biblical theme. This alone is worth the price of the book for those of us who want to understand the teachings of the Catholic Church in light of Holy Scripture.
To further illuminate the relationship between Scripture and Tradition, the authors have designed their manuscript to include "sidebars". These sidebars insert brief articles relative to topics in their commentary section. These articles are titled either Biblical Background or Living Tradition.Read more ›
Healy's commentary on the Gospel of Mark is, I am happy to say, extremely informative, going far beyond the text at hand and connecting that particular text to the context of the history of the times, as well as to other provisions of scripture, both Old and New Testaments. The difficulty in reading any book of the Bible is that, 2000 years later, we inevitably read it in isolation, rather than from the perspective of the times. As such, things often go right over our head. What would have been obvious to a Second Century reader is not even thought relevant by us today. Healy gives us that much-needed context, throwing light on aspects of the Gospel that we otherwise do not see.
(For example, I did not realize, simply from reading the Gospel itself, how much time Jesus spent in territories that were either Gentile or mixed. I did not realize that He had carried His ministry into present-day Jordan and up near if not into Syria.)
On another note, if you are familiar with their writings, you will definitely see the influence of John Paul II and Benedict on Healy.
I hope that the rest of the series is as good, although I am disappointed that they will apparently take a while to be published.
In addition, references after each scripture passage to the OT and NT and the gospel parallels are a great addition to help the student come to a better appreciation of the content and unity of the Bible. CCC references assist in aiding understanding on how applicable verses fit in doctrinally to the Catholic Church. Sidebars, pictures, suggested resources, and an index of pastoral topics all add to the usefulness of the volume. A Discussion Guide available on the CCSS website was well-received as a way to spur group discussion. Sporadic "Reflection and Application" sections in the book could also be used for discussion.
I can't recommend this book highly enough as a work of top flight scholarship that could be of use to those with advanced degrees yet is very accessible to any educated and engaged reader.
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Have enjoyed every Commentary of this series. I wish they would come out with Luke!Published 27 days ago by Jeffrey Cieslewicz
I've heard about Mary Healy. I have listened to the author talk about womanhood (on EWTN.com) as the words from her mouth dazzled the panelists and myself with understandable... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Francis
An outstanding book; as a priest, this book serves me as a regular resource for homiletics, providing critical analysis and insight into the Gospel of Mark. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Grogan
Best book on the Gospel of Mark I've ever read. Easy to read. Excellent insights.Published 6 months ago by Hector I Chavez
I am an ordained Roman Catholic Permanent Deacon who has used this book twice to teach a bible study class on Mark's Gospel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan R