About this Site

This website provides references and materials suitable for evangelization and catechesis of adults based on Scripture and Tradition. These include books and essays  authored by Dr. Eduardo P. Olaguer, mostly on the Bible from a Catholic perspective. In addition, free access is granted to presentations and videos originally made by Dr. Olaguer for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and other religious education activities.

Books on Sacred Scripture

The books listed below are usually available through Amazon.com. To order Born From Above, send an email to eolaguer@gmail.com.

“This brief masterpiece is stamped with a confident and pious accuracy, seemingly effortless, but rooted in real erudition and profound faith. Each chapter invites us to focus on a key word or phrase in the Gospel of St. John, to savor its mysterious utterance, to meditate on it until we gain some insight into one or another part of its inexhaustible meaning. The author's solid acquaintance with the Old Testament alerts him, and the reader, to keys which unlock the wondrous meanings of many otherwise hidden passages in the New Testament, above all in the words of Jesus as set down by St. John.  His book, consequently, abounds in spiritual 'surprises' which will delight and nourish the careful reader.  How refreshing to read the thoughts of a Catholic scholar whose serene faith and ardent love of truth are clearly behind each explanation and insight.  He is the exact opposite of those 'experts' who fear that fidelity to Church teaching must somehow compromise the purity of their 'scientific investigations.' This book is an ideal gift for the seminarian, the retreatant, and, indeed, for all earnest Catholics who prefer orthodox substance to modernist shadows.”

- Dr. William Marra (Professor Emeritus, Fordham University)

Born From Above: A Commentary on John's Gospel (Worcester, MA: Ambassador Books, 1998)

This is an in-depth look at the most awe-filled and mystical of the four Gospels. It has a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.

“Dr. Olaguer’s book on the Gospel of John is the best I have ever read on the topic.  Generally speaking, it is so refreshing to read a book that does not reduce Scripture to a set of myths and to a sum of parts.  Quite to the contrary, Dr. Olaguer has allowed John’s Gospel to breathe forth the new Spirit of Life in all its dimensions.  Simultaneously, Born From Above offers an introduction to Christian theology, to the proper way of reading Scripture, to the content of the entire Bible, and to the spiritual life.  A true example of the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church—namely, that Scripture is read most fully when the reader attends to both the literal and spiritual meanings, and in the ecclesial context in which the Scriptures were born.  Born From Above must be read, not only more than once, but also several times in the course of a lifetime.  Moreover, because he so faithfully allows the evangelist to speak as John intended to be understood, Dr. Olaguer’s book compels the reader to return to John’s Gospel again and again.  This is the sign of a book that we customarily call a classic.

- Rev. Stephen Torraco (Director, Institute for the Study of the Magisterial Teaching of the Church)

The Old and the New: A Dual Commentary on Genesis and the Gospel of St. Matthew

(Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press, 2002)

A neo-patristic commentary on the first books of the Old and New Testaments, and implicitly on the Torah.

“Dr. Olaguer’s fascinating book, The Old and the New, provides biblical commentary of a most useful nature: it is filled with clearly expressed, exciting insights and fresh approaches to Holy Scripture. His delightful use of analogy and types and shadows illustrates the harmonious and organic relationship of the Old and New Testaments and their divine inspiration. I recommend this work most enthusiastically to all students of the Bible.”

- Dave Armstrong (Author, A Biblical Defense of Catholicism)

“Dr. Olaguer’s daily professional work in physics and mathematics brings a refreshing rigor and clarity to his observations. He sees relationships in Scripture that the rest of us have overlooked. After reading his commentaries on the Book of Genesis, the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and the Gospel According to St. John, I return to these familiar books of Scripture and find that they come alive in my hands.”

- Marty Barrack (Author, Second Exodus)

Letters to the Churches: Catholic History and The Revelation to John

(Goleta, CA: Queenship Publishing, 2005)

This book shows that the Church's entire history and destiny as the New Israel on pilgrimage to the heavenly Jerusalem is supernaturally mirrored in the Apocalypse. The Church is thus a living letter to mankind revealing the path to salvation.

About the Author

Dr. Olaguer is a layman with a keen interest in Scripture and Catholic Theology. He holds an S.B. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked as an environmental scientist for over twenty-five years. In addition to his theological publications listed below, he has written over twenty peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and over twenty technical reports and book chapters. His scientific work has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Observer, the Fort Worth Weekly, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Current, the Texas Tribune, and National Public Radio. He has also been interviewed as an invited guest on Christian radio programs.

“Dr. Olaguer provides Catholics with a compelling interpretative key for the Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation. Letters to the Churches is a spiritually balanced and concise narrative of the two thousand years of Christianity that beautifully blends history with eschatology. I recommend this book to all.”

- Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi (Author, The Triumph of God's Kingdom in the Millenium and End Times)

“Letters to the Churches is a new and valuable resource… Mr. Olaguer provides a timely and enlightening interpretation of Revelation, helping to situate its ageless message within the flow of Catholic history and relating it to the unique circumstances and challenges confronting the Church today.”

- Rev. Joseph Esper (Author, After the Darkness)

Son of God, Son of Man: On the Gospels of St. Mark and St. Luke (Xlibris, 2008)

Like a diptych icon, this book presents Jesus as the New Joshua and the New Temple. The panorama of Israel's history after the Exodus is thus encapsulated in the life of Christ.

“The Second Vatican Council called on Catholics to read the Bible in the same spirit in which it was written. Pope Benedict has led the way into a genuinely ‘post-critical’ scholarship that respects the many levels of meaning present in the sacred books. Eduardo Olaguer has followed the guidance of tradition and the leadership of the Pope in writing Gospel commentaries that take account of modern scholarship even as they reveal the depths of the divine Word. By connecting each passage of Scripture with others in both Old and New testament, he reads the Bible as the Church Fathers did, seeing the unity that comes from the Spirit working through the human authors and the events they describe. Full of extraordinary insights, this is the commentary that many people have been waiting for.”

- Stratford Caldecott (Editor, Second Spring)

The Power of Four: Keys to the Hidden Treasures of the Gospels

(Tacoma, WA: Angelico Press, 2013)

This book offers startling evidence for the existence of a mysterious biblical code and the four keys that open its marvelous spiritual treasures. The Introduction is written by Prof. Gregory Glazov of Seton Hall University.

“In his newest book, Dr. Olaguer contemplates the fourfold Gospel in the light of the Old Testament, and vice versa. The results are not only intriguing, but quite illuminating at many points. Drawing from the ancients as well as the moderns, Olaguer's neo-patristic approach to sacred Scripture is not only clear and accessible to lay readers, but instructive and challenging for Bible teachers. Everybody will come away w.ith deeper insights and greater wisdom."

- Dr. Scott Hahn (Author, The Lamb's Supper

“In an age when this 'secularized hermeneutic' often dominates biblical commentary, Eduardo Olaguer’s The Power of Four is a refreshing and intriguing read. Olaguer reveals a wealth of patterns and parallels 'hidden in plain sight' within the four Gospels. These patterns unlock the Gospels’ spiritual meaning, link them with one another and with the rest of Scripture, and show how Scripture as a whole constitutes a divinely planned unity."

- Christian T. Herring (New Oxford Review)