The New Jerome biblical commentary

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Prentice Hall, 1990 - Religion - 1484 pages
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This reference book is a compact commentary on the entire Bible that readers can use to familiarize themselves with the methods and paths followed by biblical scholars. It features current theories on dating, historical reconstruction, and archaeological information. Contemporary perspectives and topical articles of an introductory nature include Hermeneutics, Canonicity, Old Testament themes, and coverage of biblical theology. Additional commentary includes articles on Jesus, the early Church, Gnosticism, and the subapostolic church. Especially for seminarians and clergy who require a commentary on the Scriptures both during their formal study of theology and for preaching in their ministry. Also, for those interested in religion and theology on all levels and feel the need for an adequate background in the Bible.

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Some serious issues in this commentary if you're Catholic. Basically a denunciation of the faith.
Per the Biblical Commentary:
The star that leads to Christ is probably a midrashic element
derived from <Num.> 2224." In other words, there probably wasn't any
star. Fr. Viviano continues: "If historical, it could be a supernova,
a comet . . . or a planetary conjunction." Note how the miraculous is
excluded: If there really was a star it is assumed to have been
On the gold, frankincense, and myrrh: "The list of gifts may be
inspired by <Isaiah> 60:6, 11, 13 . . . " That is, there may not have
been such gifts. Likewise, concerning the slaughter of the Innocents:
" . . the story may not be historical...."
The last assertion implicitly questions the Church's veneration of
the Holy Innocents and assumes the Church may be in error by having
liturgical celebrations in honor of babies who never existed.
The flight into Egypt is similarly questioned: "Matthew has used
Moses traditions as reshaped in Josephus...."
Turning to the commentary on Luke's Gospel, by Robert J. Karris,
O.F.M., we find the same skepticism. Regarding the Visitation: "It
strains credulity to imagine a 14-year-old Jewish virgin making a
four-day journey by herself. Rather Luke's intent in the Visitation
is literary and theological."[2] In plain English: Fr. Kerris thinks
Luke made it up. Notice how the point that "strains credulity" is a
mere assumption, for Luke does not say Mary traveled alone.
One could go on here but I think anyone reading this gets the gist.


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