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.
About the Author
Mary Healy (STD, Pontifical Gregorian University) is associate professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, and senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. She is the author of Men and Women Are from Eden and coeditor of several books on biblical interpretation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I heard Dr. Healy speak at a conference for clergy on preaching in Long Island, New York. She is well-steeped and well-versed in Sacred Scripture and this is very evident in her commentary on the Gospel of Mark. While she is objective in her approach to her subject, she also interprets it in the light of her Catholic faith as evidenced by some references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Healy seems to write for the common, everyday person and not for an academic audience, something I greatly appreciate. I have found this commentary to be approachable, understandable and informative.
It's a pretty good commentary. I enjoyed reading it.