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The Gospel of Mark by Mary Healy
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Apr 12, 2012

it was amazing
Read from February 21 to April 08, 2012

This is a really great commentary. Healy combines a lot of the information that I have in a variety of other commentaries (both Catholic and Protestant), but then pulls it all together with additional observations that make it very accessible while still being scholarly. She follows up many sections with items for reflection. Her style is very easy to read and you never feel as if she's talking over your head.

The structure is such that you are generally covering just a little scripture at a time. Each reading is followed with cross references to the Old Testament, New Testament, Catechism, and Liturgy. These are followed by the commentary, in which words from the scripture reading are bold whenever they are used. Although I saw some people complaining about that practice, I found it useful. Sometimes a bold word would make me suddenly pay attention and go back to the scripture, thinking, "Did it really say that? Why haven't I ever noticed before?"

There are also a few maps, occasional photos when they'd be helpful, and sidebar boxes with Biblical background and living tradition (Catechism, Fathers of the Church, saints) information that enriches understanding. The boxes can be difficult to read because they are a medium gray text on a light gray box which doesn't provide much contrast. (Later editions seem to have fixed this problem as 1 Corinthians has a much darker text in the boxes.)

Healy is excellent at putting the scripture in context, whether in reference to the context of people of the time, to other scripture, or for our own lives. Sometimes I was enlightened by the factual information which gives me new insights into the text. Sometimes it is from the material for reflection. However, it is a rare day that I failed coming away with an insight that I pondered the rest of the day. In fact, it set me thinking so much that I revived my Mark Bible study for my blog so that I could share some of these insights with others. It is in the early parts of Mark at this point, but check that out for a few short excerpts that you can use to see why you should read the entire book.

Highest recommendation.

You can see more about the series at their website and ... I bought this with my own money and will be buying more. Yes, that's how much I liked this book.
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Reading Progress

02/22/2012 page 120
03/08/2012 page 185
53.0% "I am continually amazed by the insights in this commentary and how they are speaking directly to me. This wasn't intended as Lenten reading but since it worked out that way it has definitely enriched Lent thus far."
03/16/2012 page 225
64.0% "Same as before, but even more ... this just shows how rich Mark is and how applicable to us today in living lives of faith. I can't praise it enough."
03/20/2012 page 260
74.0% "Trying to get to the point where I'll read about the resurrection during Easter. We shall see..."
03/27/2012 page 295
84.0% "Looking ahead, at my one-commentary-per-day rate, I will be at the resurrection passages at Easter. It continues to be excellent."
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Joseph R. That sounds great,it's going on my Amazon wish list. With any luck, I'll be reading it next Lent!

Julie Davis Good! I think you'll love it! :-)

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