Catholic Dictionary

Commentaries, Biblical

Books or series of books written to explain the Scriptures, generally studies intended for the average educated reader; strictly speaking, not the works of biblical criticism, which are properly the domain of the trained exegete. In the Jewish corpus, one finds classes of commentaries among the rabbinical writings such as haggadah, halakhah, and midrash. In the Catholic Tradition, we distinguish among the patristic (such as Origen, Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose, and Theodoret of Cyr), the medieval (Rabanus Maurus, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Peter Comestor), and the modern (the first of which has to be the Jesuit Cornelius à Lapide).

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