The Jerome Biblical Commentary
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Has anyone read this, or even parts of it? I came across it tonight when looking for a decent Catholic commentary on the Bible, and figured you can't go wrong with St. Jerome's interpretation of Scripture. Would this particular book be worth investing in? Is the New Jerome Commentary comparable? Thanks in advance.

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The title is a little misleading because it's not Jerome's interpretation of Scripture. I am only a little familiar with this commentary, it is academically interesting but I'd take what you read in it with a grain of salt. With any modern commentary on Scripture you have to be wary, misusing historical/higher criticism is very easy and it's a fatal flaw in many of these, The New Jerome Commentary is even worse for this.
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(03-12-2020, 10:13 PM)Florus Wrote: The title is a little misleading because it's not Jerome's interpretation of Scripture. I am only a little familiar with this commentary, it is academically interesting but I'd take what you read in it with a grain of salt. With any modern commentary on Scripture you have to be wary, misusing historical/higher criticism is very easy and it's a fatal flaw in many of these, The New Jerome Commentary is even worse for this.

My mistake. Now I'm much more wary hearing that it is a modern commentary. I looked into some of the contributors to the New Jerome Commentary and one of them is author of the modernist book "A Marginal Jew", so that already puts up a big red flag.

I suppose I'll just look for an online version of Haydock's or Lapide's commentaries instead.
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'And he shall be as a tree that is planted by the waters, that spreadeth out its roots towards moisture: and it shall not fear when the heat cometh.' - Jeremias 17:8
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I've found the best commentaries are really to just read the Father's.  It's less organized than in some compendium but I've never found a modern Biblical commentary that wasn't deeply disturbing in some of its interpretations.  I remember the first time I read the NAB I actually thought that if anyone actually took the commentary seriously there would be no room for any kind of real faith since it was eviscerated by skepticism. I don't generally trust ANY modern commentary.
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(03-12-2020, 10:22 PM)Augustinian Wrote:
(03-12-2020, 10:13 PM)Florus Wrote: The title is a little misleading because it's not Jerome's interpretation of Scripture. I am only a little familiar with this commentary, it is academically interesting but I'd take what you read in it with a grain of salt. With any modern commentary on Scripture you have to be wary, misusing historical/higher criticism is very easy and it's a fatal flaw in many of these, The New Jerome Commentary is even worse for this.

My mistake. Now I'm much more wary hearing that it is a modern commentary. I looked into some of the contributors to the New Jerome Commentary and one of them is author of the modernist book "A Marginal Jew", so that already puts up a big red flag.

I suppose I'll just look for an online version of Haydock's or Lapide's commentaries instead.

I own a copy of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.  Have you read any of the footnotes in some of the New American Bible translations?  Thoroughly modernist or liberal, heavily slanted in favor of using historical higher criticism to discredit traditional interpretations of the Scriptures.  That's the New Jerome Biblical Commentary, on a massive scale.  I agree with Florus that it is academically interesting, while its uses for helping the average Catholic grow in their faith or understanding of the Scriptures is more or less non-existent.  I would love to find a list of different commentaries on the books of Scripture that were written by the Early Church Fathers.  I know of a few such commentaries but not enough to do a serious study using the Fathers as my guide.
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(03-12-2020, 10:13 PM)Florus Wrote: The title is a little misleading because it's not Jerome's interpretation of Scripture. I am only a little familiar with this commentary, it is academically interesting but I'd take what you read in it with a grain of salt. With any modern commentary on Scripture you have to be wary, misusing historical/higher criticism is very easy and it's a fatal flaw in many of these, The New Jerome Commentary is even worse for this.
I bought years ago the Jerome Biblical Commentary, so I am curious how the New JC departed from or differs? I reckon it means more modern interpretations, sure. Any idea why it was revised and "updated" as to who wanted this and why?
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(03-13-2020, 05:34 PM)Fionnchu Wrote:  Any idea why it was revised and "updated" as to who wanted this and why?

Probably because the (secular) publisher, Prentice-Hall, thought they could make more money by producing a 'new and updated' edition.
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