Captivity Letters: Navarre Bible, Text and Commentaries


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The Navarre Bible:  Saint Paul's Captivity Letters – Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon

This edition of Sacred Scripture prepared by members of the Faculty of Theology of Navarre University, consists of the Revised Standard Version, New Vulgate Text, and commentaries. The commentaries provide explanations of the doctrinal and practical meaning of the scriptural text, drawing on a rich variety of sources-Church documents, the exegesis of Fathers and Doctors, and the works of prominent spiritual writers, particularly the Venerable J. Escriva, who initiated the Navarre Bible project.

"We heartily and strongly recommend this splendid volume [St Mark]. It is just what so many have been waiting for"
– Wm. G. Most, Homiletic & Pastoral Review.

"It has appeal for the specialist as well as general readership, as much of the commentary consists of a selection of the most interesting observations from two thousand years of scholarship"
– Catholic WeeklyN.S.W.,

"This [Acts] is a superb volume for adult Bible study as well as college and university work; most helpful, enlightening and fascinating"
– David Liptak, Catholic Transcript, Hartford, Conn.

"What I find most useful in this edition is its attitude to Scripture. The Gospels are presented unambiguously as the inspired work of God and, with the help of the commentaries, we are introduced to two thousand years of contemplative Christian reading and living of the sacred word. This edition is both prayerful and, in the true sense of the word, scholarly"
– Andrew Byrne, Osservatore Romano (English edition).

"It is refreshing to come across a non-technical commentary which … seeks to expound the Word of God according to the accumulated wisdom of the Church. Most people desiring to understand better the scriptures are looking for something that will deepen their reverence for the Word of God, help them apply it to their daily lives, and move them to prayer"
– Stephen Langridge, Faith Magazine.



  • Preface and Preliminary Notes
  • Abbreviations
  • The Captivity Letters
  • Introduction to the Letter to the Ephesians
    • The city of Ephesus
    • Readership and date of the letter
    • Pauline authorship
    • Structure
    • Doctrinal content
  • The Letter to the Ephesians:  English version, with notes
  • Introduction to the Letter to the Phillipians
    • The city of Philippi
    • Paul's authorship of the letter
    • An amalgem of letters?
    • The reason for the letter
    • Place and date of composition
    • Structure
    • Doctrinal content
  • The Letter to the Philippians:  English version, with notes
  • Introduction to the Letter to the Colossians
    • The city of Colossae
    • Place and date of composition of the letter
    • Pauline authorship
    • The reason for the letter
    • Structure and content
    • Principal doctrinal topics
  • The Letter to the Colossians:  English version, with notes
  • Introduction to the Letter to Philemon
    • Date and reason for the letter
    • Pauline authorship
    • Content and message
  • The Letter to Philemon:  English version, with notes
  • New Vulgate Text
    • Ephesians
    • Philippians
    • Colossians
    • Philemon
  • Explanatory Notes
  • Headings added to the Biblical Text
  • Maps
  • Sources quoted in the Commentary

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