The New Jerome Biblical Commentary Hardcover – 1 Sep 1989
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About the Author
Raymond E. Brown, S.S. is former Auburn Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary. He has served as presidents of the Catholic Biblical Association and of the Society of Biblical Literature. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington DC. He has served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association and of the Society of Biblical Literature. Roland Murphy, O.Carm., is George Washington Ivey Emeritus Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC.
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Top Customer Reviews
Very thorough, very detailed, verse by verse commentary, but a tough read.
The Commentary comes with the Imprimatur of the vicar general of the archdiocese of Washington, which means that what is contained in the book is consonant with the teaching of the Catholic Church. The present state of biblical studies, is given for example on the first chapters of Genesis, or the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. But they are perfectly in accord with the instruction of Pope Pius XII to make full use of all modern methods of interpreting the Bible. Previously, Catholic Biblical scholars had been prohibited from using such methods, and Catholic scholarship was rather derided in other great centres of biblical studies in Europe and in the United States.Read more ›
This book gives the Theological scholar and the interested bibelreader a great and scientific way to encrease the knowlige in the Bible.
Fredrik Westerlund Mdiv
If you can't afford a new copy buy a copy second hand and open up a collection of some of the finest thinking from modern, spirit filled, Christians.
The book seemed slightly better than very good used condition described - excellent value.
The "New Jerome Biblical Commentary" (1990) (and its 1968 predecessor the "Jerome Biblical Commentary") is regarded by most academics, of all denominations, as the best single-volume academic biblical commentary available. To keep this fat book to a reasonable size, it generally omits the spiritual meaning/interpretation, for which it is criticized by some on the web (who feel threatened by its use of all the mainstream academic form and source critical methods).
This is not a beginner's introduction, it assumes some background knowledge. It has generally excellent introductions to the books and various themes. My main criticism of this book is that finding a comment on a specific passage can take a little time until you get used to the methodology..
Peake's Commentary on the Bible (1962) was the main academic competitor, but was last updated in 1962. Although Jerome is edited by Catholics and Peake's is edited by Anglicans and Protestants, the "bias" is academic rather than confessional, so can reliably be used for academic study by people of all persuasions although some literal fundamentalists might be discomfited.
Other modern one volume (academic) commentaries I like are:
- "Oxford Bible Commentary" (2001) Oxford University Press - not as detailed as Jerome, but is well written.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My only disappointment is that chunks of some books have no commentary. For example Isaiah Chapters 40 to 66 ("collections that date from exilic and postexilic times"). Read morePublished 15 months ago by vin
Fantastic book. Fascinating, thought provoking, wide ranging, clear print.Published 21 months ago by Berneboy
Indespensible for serious students but not for casual use. The imprimatur was issued by the authors (highly iregular). Read morePublished 23 months ago by AnRuaRi
Not only the editors claim that most stories presented in the Bible are fictitious, but they also gave themselves Nihil Obstat for their own work! Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Grzegorz Junka