In this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, respected New Testament scholar Mary Healy unpacks the Letter to the Hebrews, making its difficult and puzzling passages accessible to pastoral ministers, lay readers, and students. Her commentary shows how Hebrews reveals the meaning of Christ’s death in light of the Old Testament figures, rites, and sacrifices that foreshadowed it. Healy explains that Hebrews, when fully understood, transforms our understanding of who God is, what he has done for us, and how we are to live as Christians today.
Mary Healy (STD, Pontifical Gregorian University) is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. In 2014 she was appointed by Pope Francis to a five-year term on the Pontifical Biblical Commission. She is the author of several books, including The Gospel of Mark in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, for which she serves as coeditor.
Praise for Hebrews
“A masterful treatise that offers significant assistance to those of us who seek to better know our faith as we make the journey toward the heavenly kingdom amidst all the struggles of the human condition.”—Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
“Dr. Mary Healy has provided an accessible and insightful commentary, beneficial to seminarians, priests, and laypeople alike.”—Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit
“A commentary not merely for the mind but for the nurture of one’s spiritual life. I recommend it enthusiastically!”—Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Readers will benefit from Healy’s firm grasp of the history of the interpretation of Hebrews and the applications of this homily for today.”—James W. Thompson, Abilene Christian University
“This commentary uses the best of Catholic teaching and biblical scholarship to illuminate some of the key teachings of Hebrews in a way that Catholics can appreciate and apply to their own understanding of Jesus Christ.”—Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
“Healy demonstrates her giftedness at taking complex ideas and presenting them in an understandable and practical way….I enjoyed this commentary, and I know my students will as well.”—Jeff Cavins, founder, The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study System