I’m working my way slowly through some Jewish commentaries on the Torah, from the Jewish Publication Society.
The list price for each of the Torah books is $75, but you can catch them on sale at 40% off, if you are patient.
They are very comprehensive, for a single volume commentary on each of these books. The volume on the book of Numbers (“In the wilderness”) is over 500 pages.
In comparison, I see the Ignatius NT Study Bible as a good “introduction.” It is writtn with a sensitivity to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and to Dei Verbum. But, glancing around (and that is all that I’ve done with it) I don’t see much space to expand and expound on the “senses” of scripture.
Now, I may have missed this entirely if it’s there, but certainly a scripture commentary could logically be extended to reference the writings of the Early Church Fathers, too.
And, then, too, another logical extension is in the direction of Catholic apologetics. And, I know that there is some commentary about that, but I don’t think that anybody would say that this one volume work even aimed at hitting such a high target.
One of the best essays I’ve read in the 1992 New Jerome Biblical Commentary is one that explains St. Paul a lot better than St. Paul does himself. It’s an article that begins with a descriptive (if not critical) observation that Paul’s writings are not systematic and deserve clarification. There just isn’t space in the Ignatius Bible to digress to this extent, either.
In the ewtn.com website document library, there are documents on The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church and The Jewish People and Their Scripture, both of which contain material that can only, at best, be hastily discussion in the one-volume Ignatius commentary.
Having said all this, it’s my personal goal to try to understand the OT and specifically the Torah so that I can have a better understanding of the issues in the NT, particularly by using the Ignatius NT Study Bible.