Father Pablo Gadenz, S.S.L., S.T.D., associate professor of biblical studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, has just released his latest book, The Gospel of Luke. The 400-plus page book, published by Baker Academic, examines the Gospel of Luke from within the living tradition of the Church for pastoral ministers, students and general readers.
Both the paperback and Kindle edition were recently listed at #1 and #2, respectively, on Amazon's list of "Hot New Releases" in New Testament Criticism and Interpretation.
To commemorate the book's release, there will be a book signing on Wednesday, October 3, at 3:15 p.m. The event will begin with a lecture and Q&A in the Seminary's Chapel of Christ the Good Shepherd in Lewis Hall, followed by a reception and book signing in the Seminary refectory. Copies of the book will be available at a discount. All are welcome to attend.
Speaking about the book's release, Father Gadenz said, "I hope that it will be a useful instrument for helping people appreciate the riches of God's Word, especially as the Church focuses on Luke's Gospel in the Sunday readings in the coming liturgical year, beginning with Advent in December." With this in mind, Father Gadenz has been invited to give workshops this fall on Luke's Gospel for priests of the Archdioceses of Newark and Cincinnati.
According to the publisher's website, in The Gospel of Luke, Father Gadenz "explains the biblical text clearly and concisely in light of recent scholarship and pays particular attention to the themes, theology, and Old Testament background of Luke's Gospel." The book features sidebars that explain the biblical background and provide insights from Church Fathers, saints and popes. There are also reflection and application sections that offer suggestions for daily Christian living.
The book is part of The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS) series, which, as stated by the publisher, responds to the desire of Catholics to study the Bible in depth and in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. The Gospel of Luke is the 15th volume in the series to appear, out of a total of 17 volumes. The goal of the series is to offer readable, informative commentary on the 27 books of the New Testament.
Father Gadenz commented, "I am happy that the book is part of the CCSS series, which since 2008 has helped many Catholics grow in their knowledge and love of Scripture. I am also happy to add Seton Hall's name to the list of other Catholic universities whose professors are authors in the series, such as Notre Dame, Boston College, Marquette, Duquesne, and Creighton."
Bernard Hebda, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis and former Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, is one of many readers who have given the book high praise: "Father Gadenz's insights into the unique elements of this Gospel, reflecting not only his careful scholarship but also his decades of experience as a gifted homilist and zealous pastor of souls, both enlivened my preaching throughout the Year of Mercy and brought new depth to my own encounter with the Christ who challenges us to be merciful as our Heavenly Father is merciful."
About Immaculate Conception School of Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary is a House of Formation for the Roman Catholic priesthood and the School of Theology of Seton Hall University. Forming priests for God's people has remained the Seminary's constant focus, and the Seminary faculty – well-educated authors and scholars in their own fields – devote their time and energy to preparing these men for priesthood amidst the challenges of the 21st century. The School also focuses on the education of lay men and women in theology, permanent deacons, religious who are not studying for ordination, and already-ordained priests – not only providing for them academically, but also for their personal, pastoral and spiritual formation. Students and the Seminary community at large are invited to take part in many of the Seminary's events, which provide an opportunity for prayerful reflection and spiritual growth and enable attendees to better respond to an increasingly secular society with the wisdom of the Church.
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