A new resource for studying the Gospels will be published this coming August from Liturgical Press, publishers of the well-known Little Rock Scripture Study series. It is entitled The Four Gospels: Catholic Personal Study Edition. This edition is created by the producers of the Little Rock Scripture Study and includes a number of helpful features. The NAB is the translation used in this volume.
The details are as follows:
The more we understand the four gospels—the distinct narrative and theological emphasis of each evangelist, the unique portrait of Jesus that each presents—the better we come to know Jesus. This knowledge, of course, is much more than an intellectual awareness or knowing about someone. When we enter into the gospels, we come to truly know Jesus the Christ in an intimate way. Through this volume readers will become familiar with the world in which Jesus lived, the cultural customs, the important geographic locations, the biblical terms familiar to first-century Christians but foreign to a contemporary audience. In addition to charts, maps, and photos, this study of the gospels provides an excellent Catholic perspective, answering such questions as: How is the Bible used in the liturgy? What is the connection between the gospels and Catholic social teaching?
From what I have been able to see so far, this resource comes in a very nice looking single-column page format. The study tools are ordered in a very attractive way, with cross-references on the side of each page, the standard NAB notes at the bottom, and quick-reference informational inserts found throughout. These inserts will contain maps, illustrations, charts, and information on Biblical themes, characters, archaeological finds, prayers, and other topics related to Catholic teachings.
At this point, it appears that this volume will only be in paperback, with a retail price of $24.95.