Bibles and Commentaries

This is a list of (i) Texts of the Holy and Canonical Scriptures, (ii) Texts on Debates Concerning the Scriptures, and (iii) Commentaries, Exegesis, and Meditations on the Scriptures. To keep the list reasonably long, it does not include books that cite the Scriptures for a the purpose of discussing a subject other than the Scriptures themselves, nor texts concerning devotions like Rosary, the Divine Office, and the Way of the Cross, which are actually structured meditations on the Scriptures.

I. Texts of the Holy Scriptures

  • The Bible. Available in multiple languages on the website of the Holy See, whose English text is from New American Bible (Copyright 2002 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
  • Biblia Clerus: Revised Standard Version (1966) with Concordance. May be accessed online at the Congregation for the Clergy, of the Holy See, and may be downloaded through this page. [N.B., This is a stunningly useful resource for spiritual reading, homiletics, and scholarship. Just click the “COMMENT” link on the top of each Scriptural chapter, and the Navigation Column on the left will show active links to relevant commentaries and passages from the documents of the magisterium, liturgical texts, the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, Denzinger, and the Catechisms. Also available in Latin, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian.]
  • The Clementine Vulgate [Latin] . May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index.
  • The Douai-Rheims Bible. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • The Douay-Rheims Challoner Bible and Commentary. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • The Gospels for Lent and the Passion of Christ: Readings at Divine Service During the Forty Days of Lent with Short Meditations for the Faithful, by Carl Jacob Eisenring, translated by Charles Cannon (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1911). With Imprimatur. Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Robarts Library of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Toronto).
  • The Holy Bible. Containing Parallel texts in English (Challoner-Rheims), Greek and Latin (Vulgate), annotations, and links to relevant articles of the Catholic Encyclopedia. Also called the New Advent Bible. May be read online at New Advent (copyright 2009, Kevin Knight). [N.B., An absolutely wonderful spiritual and scholarly source.]
  • The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate, Diligently Compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and Other Editions in Divers Languages [comprising the Douay Old Testament (First Published by the English College at Douay, 1609) and Rheims New Testament (First Published by the English College at Rheims, A.D. 1582), as proofread by Bishop Richard Challoner (1749-1752)] (1899 edition). With ecclesiastical approval (1883). Available on Online Bible.
  • New American Bible. May be read online at Jesus the Answer.
  • New Jerusalem Bible, (1985). With Imprimatur. Available at Catholic Online.  Translated “directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic,” under general editor Very Rev. Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB.

II. Debates on the Holy Scriptures

  • The Bible and Rationalism; or, Answer to Difficulties in the Books of Moses, by John Thein. (St. Louis, Mo., B. Herder, 1901). Part 1 of 4. With Imprimatur. Available on Internet Archive [N.B. Actually Part I but the Internet Archive index page says it’s Volume III.]
  • The Bible and Rationalism; or, Answer to Difficulties in the Historical, Didactic, and Prophetical Books of the O.T. [Old Testament], by John Thein. (St. Louis, Mo., B. Herder, 1901). Part 2 of 4. With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive.
  • The Bible and Rationalism; or, Answer to Difficulties in the Books of the New Testament, by John Thein. (St. Louis, Mo., B. Herder, 1901). Part 3 of 4. With Imprimatur. Available on Open Library and Internet Archive [N.B. Actually Part III but the index page image is incorrectly that of Volume IV.]
  • The Bible and Rationalism; or, Answer to Difficulties in the Mosaic Cosmogony, Anthropology, and Biblical Chronology, by John Thein. (St. Louis, Mo., B. Herder, 1901). Part 4 of 4. Concerns the Bible and scientific theories. With Imprimatur. Available on Internet Archive.
  • The Bible and the Rule of Faith, by Abbe Louis Nazaire Bégin, translated by G.M. Ward (London, Burns and Oates; Quebec: John Barrow, 1875). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Canon of Scripture and Salvation: The Bible came out of the Catholic (Universal) Church and so does Salvation [Tract], by Frederick P. Pogorzelski. Available in PDF and DOC format and may be read online at Catholic Evangelism.
  • The Complete Bible: Why Catholics Have Seven More Books [Tract]. Available in PDF format on this page of Catholic United for the Faith.
  • Concerning the Bible: its use and abuse, John Stephen Vaughan (London : R. & T. Washbourne; New York: Benziger, 1904). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  • Instruction Concerning the Historical Truth of the Gospels, by the Pontifical Biblical Commission (April 21, 1964). English Translation by Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J., Theological Studies 25 (1964) 402-408. May be read at Catholic Resources.org. Preceded by his analysis, “The Biblical Commission’s Instruction on the Historical Truth of the Gospels”, Theological Studies 25 (1964) 386-408. [N.B., The Instruction is relevant in assessing historical-critical method, whose analytical methodology is distinguished from the philosophical assumptions that often accompany it. Note, however, that the analysis by Father Fitzmyer may have an overly permissive opinion on the freedom of theologians.]
  • Living Tradition: Organ of the Roman Theological Forum, no. 59 (July 1995). Contains “The Truth and Salvific Purpose of Sacred Scripture According to Dei Verbum, Article 11”, by Brian W. Harrison. Available at the Roman Theological Forum.
  • Quick Ten-Step Refutation of Sola Scriptura, by Dave Armstrong. Available in PDF, Kindle and EPUB formats at Internet Archive (Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0) and may be read on Catholic Online. NB, The Internet Archive text appears to be compiled from essays by Dave Armstrong, beginning with this page, which were published at This Rock magazine.
  • To Tell You the Whole Truth about the Catholic Church and the Bible, by Fr. John Noone, Douglas McNair, Zachary Grimes, Richard Marchand, Rita Tucei, Ronald Young, Dorothy Ducote (1996, updated 2000, web version created 2001, PDF version created 2002). [N.B. This 80-page booklet provides “a bird’s eye view of the history of the Church and the Bible, with short answers to a few common questions.”] Available at the website of the Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
  • Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church, by the Right Rev. Henry G. Graham. With Imprimatur. May be read online at the Wayback Machine (7 September 2015 snapshot of Sean O Lachtnain’s Home Page) and at Catholic Apologetics Information. May be read online, and available in various formats (mobi, pdf, epub, etc.), at Internet Archive. [N.B., The copy archived from Sean O Lachtnain’s Home Page, now sadly defunct, is the best copy online. Please exercise prayerful caution on reading other texts on Catholic Apologetics Information, which appears to be run by a person/group with an irregular canonical relationship to the one true Church.]

III. Commentaries, Exegeses, and Meditations

  • The Apostles and the First Disciples, by Pope Benedict XVI (General Audiences 2006-2007). May be read online through Catechesis of the Popes. This provides a collection of the teaching addresses of Pope Benedict on the Origins of the Church; the Apostles; and the First Disciples. [N.B., According to Catechesis of the Popes: “This catechesis is available in book form from Our Sunday Visitor and Ignatius Press. Our Sunday Visitor has also published a corresponding Study Guide which is available for purchase and as a free downloadable.pdf file. OSV has also published an Illustrated Edition of The Apostles.”]
  • Bible Study Resources, by Fr. Eamon Tobin. A series of articles on the Scriptural books. Thus far, 75 articles have been completed on the books from Genesis to Song of Songs. Available at Ascension Catholic community.
  • Biblia Clerus: Revised Standard Version (1966) with Concordance. May be accessed online at the Congregation for the Clergy, of the Holy See, and may be downloaded through this page. [N.B., This is a stunningly useful resource for spiritual reading, homiletics, and scholarship. Just click the “COMMENT” link on the top of each Scriptural chapter, and the Navigation Column on the left will show active links to relevant commentaries and passages from the documents of the magisterium, liturgical texts, the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, Denzinger, and the Catechisms. Also available in Latin, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian.]
  • Catena Aurea [Golden Chain of Commentaries on the Four Gospels], by St. Thomas Aquinas. May be read at Catechetics Online.
  • Catena Aurea – 1 – The Gospel of Matthew – A Commentary on the Gospel by St. Thomas Aquinas. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • Catena Aurea – 2 – The Gospel of Mark – A Commentary on the Gospel by St. Thomas Aquinas. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • Catena Aurea – 3 – The Gospel of Luke – A Commentary on the Gospel by St. Thomas Aquinas.  May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • Catena Aurea – 4 – The Gospel of John – A Commentary on the Gospel by St. Thomas Aquinas. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • Chapters of Bible study; or, A popular introduction to the study of the Sacred Scriptures, by Herman Joseph Heuser (New York, The Cathedral Library Association, 1895). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Christ and the Church, by Pope Benedict XVI (General Audiences 2006 to 2011). May be read online at the EWTN Library. This provides a collection of the teaching addresses of Pope Benedict on Christ and the Church, Apostolic Tradition, and the lives and works of Catholic teachers from the founding of the Church to modern times, including the Apostles, the Eastern and Western Fathers, and the Scholastics.
  • Commentary on the Psalms, by St. Thomas Aquinas, translated by Stephen Loughlin, Gregory Sadler, et al. Commentaries on Psalms 1-54 are indexed at the Aquinas Translation Project.
  • Explanation of the Lord’s Prayer, by St. Thomas Aquinas. Available on EWTN Library, as indexed on the St. Thomas Aquinas page of the Russian-language Medieval Philosophy Library.
  • Explanation of the Ten Commandments, by St. Thomas Aquinas. Available on EWTN Library, as indexed on the St. Thomas Aquinas page of the Russian-language Medieval Philosophy Library.
  • An Exposition of the Gospels, Consisting of an Analysis of each Chapter and of a Commentary, Critical, Exegetical, Doctrinal and Moral, Fourth Edition, Revised and Corrected, by Dr. John MacEvilly, Archbishop of Tuam (Dublin : M.H. Gill & Son; New York: Benziger Brothers, 1898). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library
  • An Exposition of the Gospel of St. Luke; Consisting of an Analysis of each Chapter and of a Commentary, Critical, Exegetical, Doctrinal, and Moral, Second Edition Revised And Corrected, by Dr. John MacEvilly, Archbishop of Tuam (Dublin: Gill& Son, 1887). With a letter from Pope Leo XIII. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • An Exposition of the Gospel of St. John, consisting of an analysis of each chapter, and of a commentary, critical, exegetical, doctrinal and moral, having the text, English and Latin, Prefixed in Full to each chapter; also, the verses in each chapter marginally arranged side by side with the commentary, Second Edition, by the Most Rev. Dr. MacEvilly, Archbishop of Tuam (Dublin : M.H. Gill & Son; New York: Benziger Brothers, 1902). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. Another edition (Dublin : M.H. Gill & Son; New York: Benziger Brothers, 1889) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • An Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles; consisting of an analysis of each chapter, and of a commentary, critical, exegetical, doctrinal and moral, by the Most Rev. Dr. MacEvilly, Archbishop of Tuam (Dublin : M.H. Gill & Son; New York: Benziger Brothers, 1899). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • An Exposition of the Epistles of St. Paul, and of the Catholic Epistles; Consisting of an Introduction to each Epistle, and Analysis of each Chapter, a Paraphrase of the Sacred Text, and a Commentary, Embracing Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Dogmatical, Interspersed with Moral Reflections, Volume I, Sixth Edition, Revised, Enlarged, and Corrected, by the Most Rev. John MacEvilly, D.D., Archbishop of Tuam (Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1898). With letters from Pope Leo XIII and various prelates. Available in various formats at Internet Archive.
  • An Exposition of the Epistles of St. Paul, and of the Catholic Epistles; Consisting of an Introduction to each Epistle, and Analysis of each Chapter, a Paraphrase of the Sacred Text, and a Commentary, Embracing Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Dogmatical, Interspersed with Moral Reflections, Volume II, Sixth Edition, Revised, Enlarged, and Corrected, by the Most Rev. John MacEvilly, D.D., Archbishop of Tuam (Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1898). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. A copy of the Fourth Edition (Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1891) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • General introduction to the study of the Holy Scriptures, by Francis Ernest Charles Gigot (New York, Cincinnati [etc.] Benziger Brothers, 1900). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide: S. Matthew’s Gospel, Chaps. I. to IX, 3rd edition, translated by Thomas W. Mossman, Assisted by Various Scholars (London: John Hodges, 1887). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index; available in various formats at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy). The 2nd edition (1876) is also available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, and may be read in TXT format at EWTN Library. The Divine Lamp reproduces individual portions of the work, including St. Matthew 7:15-21 and 9:9-13. [N.B., Please read with prayerful CAUTION, as it requires adequate theological formation. According to Dim Bulb (Divine Lamp), the translation was done by Anglican Protestants and contains critical comments on Catholic teachings expounded by Father De Lapide and omits some of his passages. He adds that Loreto Publications has produced a Catholic translation.]
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide: S. Matthew’s Gospel, Chaps. X. to XXI, 3rd edition, translated by Thomas W. Mossman, Assisted by Various Scholars (London: John Hodges, 1889). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. [N.B., Please read with prayerful CAUTION, as it requires adequate theological formation. According to Dim Bulb (Divine Lamp), the translation was done by Anglican Protestants and contains critical comments on Catholic teachings expounded by Father De Lapide and omits some of his passages. He adds that Loreto Publications has produced a Catholic translation, of which a 23-page free sample on St. Matthew chapter 16 is available in PDF format.]
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide: S. Matthew’s Gospel, Chaps. XXII to XXVIII, St. Mark’s Gospel, 3rd edition, translated by Thomas W. Mossman, Assisted by Various Scholars (London: John Hodges, 1891). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. [N.B., Please read with prayerful CAUTION, as it requires adequate theological formation. According to Dim Bulb (Divine Lamp), the translation was done by Anglican Protestants and contains critical comments on Catholic teachings expounded by Father De Lapide and omits some of his passages. He adds that Loreto Publications has produced a Catholic translation.]
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide: S. Luke’s Gospel, 4th edition, translated by Thomas W. Mossman, Assisted by Various Scholars (Edinburgh: John Grant, 1908). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. [N.B., Please read with prayerful CAUTION, as it requires adequate theological formation. According to Dim Bulb (Divine Lamp), the translation was done by Anglican Protestants and contains critical comments on Catholic teachings expounded by Father De Lapide and omits some of his passages. He adds that Loreto Publications has produced a Catholic translation.]
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide: St. John’s Gospel, Chapters I to XI, 3rd edition, translated by Thomas W. Mossman, Assisted by Various Scholars (Edinburgh: John Grant, 1908). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. [N.B., Please read with prayerful CAUTION, as it requires adequate theological formation. According to Dim Bulb (Divine Lamp), the translation was done by Anglican Protestants and contains critical comments on Catholic teachings expounded by Father De Lapide and omits some of his passages. He adds that Loreto Publications has produced a Catholic translation.]
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide: St. John’s Gospel, Chapters XII to XXI and Epistles I, II and III, 4th edition, translated by Thomas W. Mossman, Assisted by Various Scholars (Edinburgh: John Grant, 1908). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. [N.B., Please read with prayerful CAUTION, as it requires adequate theological formation. According to Dim Bulb (Divine Lamp), the translation was done by Anglican Protestants and contains critical comments on Catholic teachings expounded by Father De Lapide and omits some of his passages. He adds that Loreto Publications has produced a Catholic translation.]
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide: I Corinthians, translated and edited by W. F. Cobb, D.D., Assisted by Various Scholars (Edinburgh: John Grant, 1908). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. [N.B., Please read with prayerful CAUTION, as it requires adequate theological formation. According to Dim Bulb (Divine Lamp), the translation was done by Anglican Protestants and contains critical comments on Catholic teachings expounded by Father De Lapide and omits some of his passages. He adds that Loreto Publications has produced a Catholic translation.]
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide: II Corinthians and Galatians, translated and edited by W. F. Cobb, D.D., Assisted by Various Scholars (Edinburgh: John Grant, 1908). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. [N.B., Please read with prayerful CAUTION, as it requires adequate theological formation. According to Dim Bulb (Divine Lamp), the translation was done by Anglican Protestants and contains critical comments on Catholic teachings expounded by Father De Lapide and omits some of his passages. He adds that Loreto Publications has produced a Catholic translation.]
  • The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, by the Pontifical Biblical Commission (March 18, 1994). Available at EWTN Library.
  • The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible, by the Pontifical Biblical Commission (May 24, 2001). May be read online at the Holy See.
  • Obedient Children of a Loving Father: A Bible Study, by Betty Gravlin (2012). May be read online or downloaded in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, LRF, PDB formats at Smashwords.
  • A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture by Bishop Friedrich Knecht. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • Practical Handbook for the Study of the Bible and of Bible Literature including Biblical Geography, Antiquties, Introduction to the Old and the New Testament, and Hermeneutics, by Michael Seisenberger, translated by Anna Maud Buchanan, ed. Thomas John Gerard (New York: J. F. Wagner, 1911). With Imprimatur. Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  • The Psalms are Christian Prayer, by T. Worden (Sheed & Ward, 1961). Available at Internet Archive.
  • The Year of St. Paul, by Pope Benedict XVI (General Audiences 2008-2009). May be read online through Catechesis of the Popes. This provides a collection of the teaching addresses of Pope Benedict on the life, teaching, and legacy of the Apostle Paul. [N.B., According to Catechesis of the Popes: “These audiences are available in book form from Ignatius Press.”]

2 thoughts on “Bibles and Commentaries”

  1. Dim Bulb said:

    Dom Henry Wansbrough has a number of online bible study booklets I didn’t see listed here. http://users.ox.ac.uk/~sben0056/booklets.htm

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