This year I’ve followed the Coming Home network’s Bible&Catechism-in-a-year schedule (although I am now angry that its Bible schedule is not in chronological order, so I do not recommend it), and have found myself increasing skeptical and tempted to despair that the Church isn’t correct. I think a large part has to do with the secular scholarship the USCCB has chosen to include with their NABRE in both introduction and commentary. Why do they promote this skeptical scholarship?
For example, asserting later dates of composition, often after the fact regarding prophecies. Regarding Obadiah (since it’s the most recent example I’ve encountered):
[The unknown author’s] prophecy against Edom, a neighbor and rival of Israel, indicates a date of composition sometime after the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C., when the Edomites apparently took advantage of the helpless people of Judah and Jerusalem (v. 11; Ps 137:7).
Many [scholars] among them (Keil, Orelli, Vigouroux, Trochon, Lesetre, etc.) assign its composition to about the reign of Joram (ninth century B.C.). Their main ground for this position is derived from Abdias’s reference (11-14) to a capture of Jerusalem which they identify with the sacking of the Holy City by the Philistines and the Arabians under Joram (II Paralip., xxi, 16, 17). The only other seizure of Jerusalem to which Abdias (11-14) could be understood to refer would be that which occurred during the lifetime of the prophet Jeremias and was effected by Nabuchodonosor (588-587 B.C.). But such reference to this latter capture of the Jewish capital is ruled out, we are told, by the fact that Jeremias’s description of this event (Jer., xlix, 7-22) is so worded as to betray its dependence on Abdias (11-14) as on an earlier writing. …]
Why has the USCCB chosen to disregard early 20th century scholarship – and apparently centuries of Church understanding (“wisdom”) – in favor of modern skepticism? Modern skepticism is the foundation for our time’s secular atheism: They are in effect promoting atheism, and are literally giving scandal to people trying to learn God’s Word.
Is there anything we can do apart from contact them in protest and pray?
I wonder if we should compile a list here of skeptical commentary.
Mount Esau: whatever its geographic reference, the phrase is an effective representation of Edom’s arrogance.