Biblical Studies from the CBA
About the Series
Biblical Studies from the Catholic Biblical Association of America seeks to bridge the gap between the technical exegetical work of the academic community and the educational and pastoral needs of the ecclesial Community. Combining careful exegesis with a theological understanding of the text, the members of the Catholic Biblical Association of America have written these volumes in a style that is accessible to an educated, nonspecialized audience, without compromising academic integrity.
These volumes deal with biblical texts and themes that are important and vital for the life and ministry of the Church. While some focus on specific biblical books or particular texts, others are concerned with important theological themes with archaeological and geographical issues, and still others with questions of interpretation. Through this series, the members of the Catholic Biblical Association of America are eager to present the results of their research in a way that is relevant to an interested audience that goes beyond the
confines of the academic community.
Standing Orders are available. For more information,
- General Editor: Frank J. Matera
- Associate Editors:
- José Enrique Aguilar Chiu
- Richard Bautch
- Angela Kim Harkins
- Peter Spitaler
- Archie T. Wright
CBA members interested in contributing to this series should contact the General Editor: Frank J. Matera (firstname.lastname@example.org), or one of the Associate Editors: Angela Kim Harkins (email@example.com), Peter Spitaler (firstname.lastname@example.org), Richard Bautch (email@example.com), José Enrique Aguilar Chiu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The guidelines for the series can be accessed through the link below.
by Bradley C. Gregory
The Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) are an important collection within the book of Psalms and have played a significant role in the history of spirituality. While scholars disagree on what precisely is meant by “ascents”, it is clear that these psalms are focused on the journey towards the presence of God, a God who is at once the “maker of heaven and earth” but also encountered in a particular place and among a particular people. This book will explore the rich imagery of these fifteen psalms to show how they nourish the search for God’s presence in a world that is marked by crises and hostility, not only in the world but tragically also within the people of God.
This collection of psalms reflects postexilic Israel’s confidence that in seeking God in Jerusalem the worshipper finds a blessing and peace that radiates out from Zion to infuse the most quotidian aspects of everyday life. The Psalms of Ascents are a summons to a spirituality for priest and commoner, the powerful and the marginalized, those near and those far, and anyone else suspended between fear and hope on the journey towards God. While this book will give readers a focused discussion on the theology and spirituality of these individual psalms, it will do so in a way that will provide a model for how the whole book of Psalms can be read responsibly and fruitfully. As such, the book will provide a resource for studying, teaching, and preaching these fifteen Psalms, but can also serve as an entryway into the rest of the book of Psalms..
Jesus' final challenge of the Gospel is for those who believe and love to "follow me." The purpose of the Gospel, therefore, is to prepare audiences to do just that.