The Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary On Sacred Scripture Series)
There is an increasing hunger among Catholics to study the Bible in depth and in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. In October 2008, a meeting of the world Synod of Bishops scheduled by...
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There is an increasing hunger among Catholics to study the Bible in depth and in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. In October 2008, a meeting of the world Synod of Bishops scheduled by Pope Benedict XVI will focus on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." Coinciding with that meeting is the launch of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS), a series that responds to the desire of Catholics to access the living Word of God. The Gospel of Mark is the first of seventeen volumes, which will cover the entire New Testament. Written by trusted Catholic biblical scholars, these commentaries interpret Scripture in the light of Catholic tradition. Accessibly written yet substantive, the CCSS fills a gap in the available literature by offering commentaries that cover more than brief study guides but are less daunting than scholarly commentaries.
"This well-written book fills a very important niche in our appreciation of the Gospels. Healy combines literary sensitivity with theological vigor, resulting in a reading of Mark that puts a compelling face on the message of this Gospel."--Gary Anderson, professor of Old Testament, University of Notre Dame(Steve Ray #1)"Though Mark''s Gospel is the shortest Gospel in length, it is certainly not short in profound insights on the life and teaching of Our Lord. Mary Healy plumbs the depths and unwraps the riches of this Gospel for both the serious scholar and the novice alike in her easy-to-read and lucid style. With the incisiveness of a surgeon and the clarity of a scholar, she pulls back the curtain on the first century and the ministry of Jesus Christ. This commentary on Mark will fill an important place in my library!"--Steve Ray, lecturer; author of the Bible Study Guides for Genesis and Acts; and writer, producer, and host of the ten-part documentary series Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine(Steve Ray #2)"Mary Healy''s volume on The Gospel of Mark in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is a long-awaited addition to my library. Leaving the skepticism of much recent scholarship behind, Healy celebrates the beauty and richness of God''s Word as she gathers from many fields, including archaeology, history, and literary, and from faithful Catholic and scholarly research. The result is an enjoyable commentary full of insights, depth, and spiritual truths all written in an easy-to-read yet scholarly manner. This volume raises the standard for commentaries on the Gospels, and I highly recommend it."--Steve Ray, lecturer; author of the Bible Study Guides for Genesis and Acts; and writer, producer, and host of the ten-part documentary series Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine"Mary Healy skillfully and insightfully moves her readers to plumb the spiritual depths of Mark''s Gospel through helpful sections of ''living tradition'' and ''reflection and application.'' 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, research professor, The Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure UniversityPraise for the CCSS series:(3 versions from Kenneth Baker)"Here is a Catholic commentary on the Bible that offers useful and reliable information about the text of Holy Scripture for priests, deacons, teachers, Bible study groups, and lay Catholics who want to understand better the holy word of God."--Kenneth Baker, SJ, editor, Homiletics and Pastoral Review"In the CCSS, priests will find help for their homilies. This Catholic commentary does not get lost in scholarly trivia that ordinary readers cannot understand. It is fully Catholic and clearly written, with abundant references to Catholic Tradition and the Catechism of the Catholic Church."--Kenneth Baker, SJ, editor, Homiletics and Pastoral Review"The CCSS is a long-awaited addition to Catholic books on the Bible. It is clearly written, sticks to the facts, treats the Bible as true history, and does not get lost in idle speculation and guesswork about the sources of the Gospels and the other books. Homilists will find here the pearl of great price and the treasure hidden in a field. Laypersons who are looking for a truly Catholic interpretation of the Bible will find it here. Those who want to know more about God''s holy word in the Bible will want to purchase the whole set."--Kenneth Baker, SJ, editor, Homiletics and Pastoral Review"This series of commentaries is just what the Church needs today. It combines sound exegesis with pastoral and spiritual sensitivity and is accessible to any Catholic who wishes a reliable commentary on Scripture that is understandable, solid in its scholarship, and applicable to life. Recommended."--Ralp
Dr. Mary Healy (S.T.D., summa cum laude, Biblical Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University) is a biblical scholar and a member of the Mother of GodCommunity, a Catholic and ecumenical lay charismatic community.
She is the author of New Catholic Commentary on Scripture, a mid-level multi-volume New Testament commentary series, co-edited with Peter Williamson. . First volumes forthcoming in 2008, The Bible and Epistemology: Biblical Soundings on the Knowledge of God. co-edited with Robin Parry, Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul IIs Theology of the Body, Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation, (eds.) Craig Bartholomew, Mary Healy, Robin Parry and Karl Mller and Behind the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation, (eds.) Craig Bartholomew, Mary Healy, Murray Rae and Stephen Evans.