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June 1, 2010

Book: Second Corinthians
Author: Thomas D. Stegman, S.J.
Baker Academics. Grand Rapids, MI. 2009. Pp. 315

[It should be noted that Baker Academics has produced a series of biblical commentators on the New Testament, all are excellent companions for understanding the scriptures].

Excerpt from Introduction

“In preparing for the international Synod of Bishops on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,” Pope Benedict XVI reminded the Church that a prayerful study of the Scriptures is at the heart of the Church’s renewal. The new Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture promises to directly serve that purpose. Drawing on sound biblical scholarship, the commentaries present the reader with the rich harvest of that study, reflecting on the message of the biblical text and engaging the life of faith from a Catholic perspective — Donald Senior, CP

An Excerpt from the Book:

Second Corinthians 4:1-2, 5-7 is, most appropriately, a recommended reading in the Common of Pastors and for liturgies that celebrate Holy Orders — the ordination of deacons, priests, or bishops. It encourages and challenges those called to pastoral leadership and ordained ministry to courageous proclamation of the gospel and to radical service.

Table of Contents:

Setting the Stage

Aligned with the “Yes” of Jesus

Clearing the air

Minister of the New Covenant

Transformed into “the image of God”

Suffering as a mark of apostleship

Resurrection hope

Christ’s compelling love and God’s gift of reconciliation

Resume of the minister of reconciliation

“Open your hearts”

Looking back, once more

Collection for the Jerusalem church: participating in the work of grace

Collection for the Jerusalem church: theological foundation and fruits

“Battling” on behalf of God

Paul vs. the “superapostles”

Foolish boasting

Power in weakness

Announcing the third visit

“Take on the character of Jesus”