Scripture commentary and the liturgical year

December 30, 2010

As you can see, my plan to put up a comprehensive commentary on Genesis got bogged down and eventually discarded: I figured I need to get acquainted with the whole Bible to at least some degree before I go so in depth on any one book.  So I have decided to follow the Church’s plan for reading the Bible over the course of the liturgical year at Matins.  The plan is this:

Sunday after Christmas through Septuagesima: Epistles of St. Paul (in canonical order)

Septuagesima: Genesis i-xiv (to which I will add the Psalms)

Lent: daily Gospel readings (to which I will add the rest of the Pentateuch and Jeremias)

Holy Week: Lamentations (Baruch)

Easter week: daily Gospel readings (Canticle of Canticles)

Eastertide: Acts of the Apostles, Apocalypse, St. James, St. Peter I and II

Sunday after the Ascension – Trinity Sunday: St. John I, II, III; St. Jude

Trinity Sunday to the beginning of August: Kings I, II, III, IV (Paralipomenon I and II)

August: Proverbs of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus

September: Job, Tobias, Judith, Esther

October: Machabees I and II

November: the remaining prophets (Ezechiel, Daniel and the minor prophets)

This leaves Josue, Judges, Ruth and Esdras I and II.  I may try to work these in in October, but I’m going to worry about that later.  At the  moment, it’s St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – intro and first chapter to follow shortly.

The object of these commentaries is twofold.  1) I have recently come into possession of a complete set of the enormous Scripture commentaries of Fr. Cornelius à Lapide S.J. (1567-1637), who is basically THE Catholic Scripture commentator in the era after the Council of Trent.  The whole set comes to probably some ten to fifteen thousand pages of two-columned Latin text.  I am going to try to reduce these to a realistic size, so that … 2) The reader of these notes will have a basic understanding of the Catholic interpretation of each chapter in the Bible, but won’t be overwhelmed in exegesis.

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