Commentary on the Seven Catholic Epistles
St. Bede the Venerable
Constructed in traditional line-by-line fashion, St. Bede's is the only thorough patristic commentary on these epistles (those of St. James, Peter, John and Jude) which is both Orthodox and British. As such, along with his other homilies and commentaries, it is a treasure of special value to us who are graced and charged with becoming fully Orthodox and witnesses to the Faith in the West. Paperbound
Best known in the Middle Ages as a scriptural exegete, Bede here provides a running gloss on the Letters of James, Peter, John, and Jude. Why he chose these `lesser letters' for his first attempt at written exegesis no one knows; perhaps he did so because so few other scriptural commentators had glossed them. They are unique in that he inclined more to the literal interpretation of the text than he did in his more allegorical later commentaries. Preachers will find them useful; readers will find them illuminating.