Kealy, Seán P. Books

Seán P. Kealy, C.S.Sp., is Professor of Scripture at Duquesne University. He studied ancient Classics in Dublin and Theology and Scripture in Rome. Author of over fifteen published books, many articles and reviews, he has lectured extensively in Europe, Africa and America.

An Interpretation of the Twelve Minor Prophets of the Hebrew Bible: The Emergence of Eschatology as a Theological Theme
2009 0-7734-4715-6
The Book of Twelve Minor Prophets has been one of the most loved, discussed and influential parts of the Bible. This work fills a gap in the existing scholarship on the history of interpretation of the Book of Twelve Minor Prophets and demonstrates the relevance to this day.

History of the Interpretation of the Gospel of Mark: Volume One
2008 0-7734-5190-0
This two-volume work examines the entire history of the interpretation of the Gospel of Mark. In this first volume, the author presents the history of the Gospel’s interpretation from the time of its composition through the nineteenth century. The second volume covers history of interpretation during the twentieth century.

History of the Interpretation of the Gospel of Mark: Volume Two, Book One and Two
2008 0-7734-5117-X
This two-volume work examines the entire history of the interpretation of the Gospel of Mark. In this second volume, the author presents the history of the Gospel’s interpretation during the twentieth century. The first volume covers the history of interpretation through the nineteenth century.

Interpretation of the Gospel of Luke in the 20th Century
2005 0-7734-6106-X
This is the first detailed overview of Luke’s Gospel from the beginning up to the present day. It is a careful , lively presentation which situates Lukan scholarship within the main trends of biblical interpretation. It is based on the conviction that such an overview is particularly valuable in our time of such a variety of approaches and, in particular, that much can easily be lost of the valuable heritage of Lukan scholarship. While each generation can build upon the last, new interpretations are only solidly possible when we build on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.

Interpretation of the Gospel of Luke: From Apostolic Times Through the 19th Century
2005 0-7734-6104-3
This is the first detailed overview of Luke’s Gospel from the beginning up to the present day. It is a careful , lively presentation which situates Lukan scholarship within the main trends of biblical interpretation. It is based on the conviction that such an overview is particularly valuable in our time of such a variety of approaches and, in particular, that much can easily be lost of the valuable heritage of Lukan scholarship. While each generation can build upon the last, new interpretations are only solidly possible when we build on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.

John's Gospel and the History of Biblical Interpretation
2002 0-7734-6980-X
Like the author's previous studies on Mark's Gospel (1982) and The History of Biblical Interpretation, this study of John's Gospel is much more than a mere list of annotated entries. The aim of these lively entries is to situate Johannean scholarship within the main trends of biblical scholarship from the first century up to the present while reaching out to the main corners of the Christian traditions. It avoids duplicating many items which are normally discussed in standard works. It is based on the firm belief that a solid knowledge of the whole Johannean tradition and its afterlife is vital for the adequate grasp of this key text. A valuable index of names is included.

John's Gospel and the History of Biblical Interpretation
2002 0-7734-6982-6
Like the author's previous studies on Mark's Gospel (1982) and The History of Biblical Interpretation, this study of John's Gospel is much more than a mere list of annotated entries. The aim of these lively entries is to situate Johannean scholarship within the main trends of biblical scholarship from the first century up to the present while reaching out to the main corners of the Christian traditions. It avoids duplicating many items which are normally discussed in standard works. It is based on the firm belief that a solid knowledge of the whole Johannean tradition and its afterlife is vital for the adequate grasp of this key text. A valuable index of names is included.

Matthew's Gospel and the History of Biblical Interpretation Book One
1997 0-7734-2431-8
When Kealy's similar history of the interpretation of Mark's Gospel was published, it was described by Howard Clark Kee as 'an excellent comprehensive history and analysis of Marcan interpretation arranged chronologically.' This current, massive two-volume pioneering work sets all the major works on Matthew against the changing and developing background of Biblical interpretation over nearly two thousand years, from the writers of the patristic era right up through the twentieth century, form and redaction criticism, and the latest approaches.

Matthew's Gospel and the History of Biblical Interpretation Book Two
1997 0-7734-2433-4
When Kealy's similar history of the interpretation of Mark's Gospel was published, it was described by Howard Clark Kee as 'an excellent comprehensive history and analysis of Marcan interpretation arranged chronologically.' This current, massive two-volume pioneering work sets all the major works on Matthew against the changing and developing background of Biblical interpretation over nearly two thousand years, from the writers of the patristic era right up through the twentieth century, form and redaction criticism, and the latest approaches.

Wisdom Books of the Bible-proverbs, job, ecclesiastes, ben Sira,/i>, wisdom of Solomon
2012 0-7734-2601-9
“Where is the life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is knowledge we have lost in information?”

These lines from the opening stanza of T.S. Eliot’s “Choruses from the Rock” are perhaps a good reflection on Sean Kealy’s study of O.T. Wisdom (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2012).

Modern scholars use the term “wisdom” literature to include the books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, some psalms and also Ben Sira, the Wisdom of Solomon. Such books differed clearly from the rest of the OT in style and find their closest parallels outside the Bible, especially in Egyptian and Mesopotamian literature. In particular scholars note that the word “wisdom” is popular in all the books.

Sean Kealy comes to grips with the complex theme of wisdom in the Old Testament. He is well aware of the complexity and variety of O.T. wisdom and why an adequate definition still escapes us. It ranges from a simple philosophy based on human observation to the complex anti-wisdom found in the influential Book of Job. While providing the biblical panoramic view of wisdom, Kealy is well aware that there are no simple answers or summaries.

This work should provide an excellent basis for classroom discussions and debate.