Monday, June 06, 2011

Commentaries

"Of recent commentators the number is almost infinite.  Their superabundance makes it difficult for the reader to know which to choose … Among commentaries which are so divergent in their interpretations, you do not know which one to prefer and follow. Many, moreover, are so wordy that not only students but even learned scholars who devote themselves entirely to Sacred Scripture do not have the time and leisure to read them (not to mention the intellectual strength and endurance)."
Fr. Cornelius a’ Lapide, S.J., from his Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, published c. 1630.

5 comments:

Michael Barber said...

Awesome!

thedivinelamp said...

At least Lapide could complain about an abundance of interpreters. Today, I'm not sure what we have, but calling most of them interpreters doesn't seem quite right.Perhaps "deconstructing reconstructionists" would be a good epithet (or should I say epitaph?)

Catholic4areason said...

so what is this picture ofin the article? is it a ebook commentary ? catholic,protestant? mix?

John Bergsma said...

@Catholic4areason: It's an impossibly large commentary upgrade on CD-Rom, giving you more information than you can possibly process in a lifetime. I thought it was an appropriate illustration.

citizen DAK said...

Ha ha, cool quote....

(Would these biblical-blog comments, be properly called one of those commentaries? If yes, then was that post a sideways way of telling me to 'quiet down'? ;)

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