Sometime last year, I was spending time at a fellow author’s home. I noticed that he had many commentaries in his library. Most of them I owned. I then asked which commentary he found the most helpful. His answer: The Sacra Pagina.
So I bought a set.
Most of my commentaries are written by mainstream evangelicals, neo-evangelicals, Reformed, or post-evangelicals.
The Sacra Pagina is written by Catholic scholars.
Sacra Pagina means “sacred page,” and it originally referred to the text of Scripture in the Middle Ages.
After reading through the volumes, I’ve got a feel for this commentary series. Like every other commentary I own, I don’t agree with all of the exegesis. However, Catholic theology is very strong on many of the values that I’m passionate about. Namely, the reality that the church is part of Christ and that God’s intention is centered on Christian community over against the individual believer (a mark of Protestantism).
Because this series offers a perspective outside the typical evangelical or mainline Protestant pale, many of the insights into Scripture are fresh. Luke Timothy Johnson, who is respected among evangelicals, is one of the contributors.
Interestingly, the commentary set draws from many evangelical, neo-evangelical, and post-evangelical scholars. They are mentioned in the text and listed in the notes and bibliographies. While the Catholic perspective is present, it doesn’t dominate.
If you’re someone who is theologically savvy and already owns an evangelical commentary set, you will find The Sacra Pagina to be of value and a nice addition to your library.
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