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The Gospel of Matthew: Commentary, Notes and Study Questions (The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible) Paperback – October 31, 2000
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With Commentary, Annotations and Topical Essays by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch Based on the Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition, this volume leads readers through a penetrating study of the Gospel of Matthew, using the biblical text itself and the Church's own guidelines for understanding the Bible. Ample notes accompany each page, providing fresh insights and commentary by renowned Bible teachers Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch, as well as time-tested interpretations from the Fathers of the Church. These helpful study notes make explicit what St. Matthew often assumes. Or they provide rich historical, cultural, geographical or theological information pertinent to the Gospel – information that bridges the distance between the biblical world and our own. The Ignatius Study Bible also includes Topical Essays, Word Studies and Charts. The Topical Essays explore the major themes of Matthew's Gospel, often relating them to the doctrines of the Church. The Word Studies explain the background to important Bible terms, while the Charts summarize crucial biblical information "at a glance". Each page also includes an easy-to-use Cross-Reference Section that runs between the biblical text at the top of the page and the annotations at the bottom. Study Questions are provided for each chapter of the Gospel that can deepen your personal study of God's Holy Word. There is also an introductory essay covering questions of authorship, date, destination, structure and themes. An outline of Matthew's Gospel and several maps are also included. Contents Introduction to the Ignatius Study Bible Introduction to the Gospel according to Matthew Outline of the Gospel according to Matthew The Gospel according to Matthew Map: The Journey of Jesus' Birth Topical Essay: Is Matthew's Infancy Narrative Historical Word Study: Righteousness
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This little study bible has been awesome for my spiritual growth and I recommend it without reservation.
However, one can always offer criticism. I concur to some degree with an earlier reviewer with my one criticism: only Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch are involved in the project. But I am conflicted about this criticism.
On the one hand a Catholic study bible ought to reflect a broader range of scholarship. As great as Dr. Hahn is, there are orthodox and solid Catholic theologians who disagree with him on some important points.
On the other hadn, a little more than a century ago in the late 1800's, the great Rev. Haydock published his edition of the Douay Rheims with only his (gigantic) commentary and it is one of the greatest Catholic bible commentaries of all time. Therefore an individual Catholic commentary is definitely possible.
There is a diverse and wonderful commentary in English based on the RSV and that is the Navarre bible (outstanding). I don't think Hahn and Mitch envision a volume that will compete with the Navarre, but rather one that is more accessible for bible study and personal spiritual growth for the laity. If one is going to buy a multi-volume Catholic commentary, I think the Navarre is the one to get; but it is expensive, and lacks the great study questions of these little volumes.
In short, I recommend this commentary series highly. While it may lack a breadth of scholarly opinion it is orthodox and helps with spiritual growth.
Even though I am not Roman Catholic (Anglo-Catholic!), I use this to lead a teen Bible Study. Why? Precisely because this uses the Church Fathers and the CCC as the foundation of understanding the meaning and application of portions of the Gospel. While I may not agree with all that is within the CCC, the vast majority of it is good theology representing reasonable development of basic theological principals found the the early Fathers of the Church.
Why did I not give this a five? First, because I rarely rate anything at its maximum (probably good I don't judge skating competitions), and secondly because of a little bit of frustration at the cross references to portions of the completed Ignatius Study Bible that don't exist yet! I wouldn't have them not issue these studies as they are completed, but I hate running across a reference to a word study in Luke, and that portion hasn't been published yet.
This slim, 86-page paperback, is composed of five major sections:
- Introduction to the Ignatius Study Bible
- Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew
- Outline of the Gospel According to Matthew
- Gospel with Commentary by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch
- Study Questions by Dennis Walters
The commentary includes historical background, with maps, and categorized notes. The notes have symbols next to them indicating whether they are:
- content and unity
- living tradition
- analogy of faith
The study questions are grouped by chapter, and then broken down into two sections per chapter: "For understanding" and "For application." The understanding questions are textual analysis questions. " The application questions are pertinent for the spiritual lives of Catholics. However, space was not provided within the questions themselves for notes. There are several notes pages at the end of the book, but white space was not allotted within the questions themselves.
Overall, the organization of this study guide makes it an effective tool for novices, and challenging for for more knowledgeable Catholics.
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