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This is a wonderful gift to the worldwide Church for the millennium. In directing itself to pastoral concerns, it recognizes the necessity of readings of and for the Church, not just the academy. As such, there is a good balance between useful historical-critical insights and overriding conviction that the Bible is Sacred Scripture which stands within a tradition of interpretation.
William T. Cavanaugh, University of St. Thomas


At last! a comprehensive commentary that brings together voices of biblical scholars from all over the world. Not only does it offer a guide to each book of the Bible, but also gives insights into contemporary concerns from diverse cultural perspectives with global implications. This new resource is a must for Catholic teachers, preachers, and scholars.
Barbara E. Reid, OP; Professor of New Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union; New Testament Book Review Editor, Catholic Biblical Quarterly


Considering how comprehensive the volume is and the quality of its publication, the cost is quite low. The general articles reflect current scholarship, and they alone are worth the book's price.
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Those who purchase the volume will conclude that it is one of the best buys they have ever made.
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. . . overall this is a fine piece of work.
Society for Old Testament Study


. . . is truly Roman Catholic as well as truly ecumenical and representative of a global perspective.
Biblical Theology Bulletin


The scholarship is of a high order and the work upholds the editors' dictum, 'the historical approach to the Bible is not only legitimate but also necessary' (p. xxiii).
Journal of Biblical Literature

About the Author

William R. Farmer is emeritus professor of New Testament at
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1986 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814624545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814624548
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 3.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"Bridge-building" is the major contribution of this unique work. It was written by authors on all 6 major continents, excepting only Antartica. Writers were drawn from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions. The roster of contributors includes persons from developing countries no less than affluent ones, and Third World scholars quite as significantly as those from this country and Europe.
On one hand, the commentary uses the New Revised Standard Version which was copyrighted by the National Council of Churches in which Protestants figure predominantly. On the other hand, it carries the "Imprimatur" and "Nihil Obstat" of official approval from Rome and from the Bishop of St. Cloud (MN).
Given how culture-bound and language-specific and tradition-shaped all interpretive efforts are, one can easily see the wisdom of this project. Interpretation enjoys enormous benefits by this project's cross-cultural pollination of its work. Between the covers of this one book we see bridges being built between northern and southern hemispheres, between laity and clergy, between Church and academy, even between experts who do not agree.
As a factual matter, this volume is successor to the 1953 Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture. But in the meantime we all have experienced the liberating effects of Vatican II, and in a very substantial way the IBC has admirably capitalized on the spirit of Vatican II. Some 120 authors from the various major traditions of Christianity were brought together by the eminent Gospels scholar William R. Farmer and his 3 editorial asssociates. Together they have produced this truly international and ecumenical commentary on the Bible.
The IBC is destined for wide use well into the 21st century.
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This commentary tends to be very ecumenical. It isn't as quite as scholarly or apologetic as A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture. It is more faithful but slightly less scholarly than the New Jerome Biblical Commentary. It is definitively more scholarly and faithful than the Collegeville Bible Commentary. However, in form/text critisism the scholarship is very and up to date and in many instances better then the previously mentioned commentaries.
For example there is a very good section on the origins of the Gospels, which favors Matthew as being the first Gospel. Further, in the commentary on Romans, the form of Paul's argument is described in detail. Then in the commentary on Romans 3 the author notes that Paul uses the word translated as "faith" to mean "fidelity". He then uses a more ecumenical commentary on "faith alone" as "fidelity alone".
I've given it only four stars because lack of apologetical commentary which I think should be in every good Catholic Commentary. However, good apologetic commentary can be found in A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture but it is unfortunately out of print and becoming dated.
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It's very big book, but that's exactly what I wanted. 1500 pages of commentary on each book of the bible, including the deutero-canonological books (aka "the catholic books"). In addition, there are 400 other pages of biblical history and pastoral concerns such as justice, work, poverty, and violence and evil in the bible; includes many maps. I love it.

Each book starts with an excellent breakdown of the overall theme of the book before going into a detailed commentary covering the whole book, small sections at a time.
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Massive book. That's why is cost so much. Filled with great info. Recommended for all Catholics, Anglicans and any Protestant with an open mind, especially Presbyterians. Its very fair in covering positions and staying true to historical orthodox standards
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