Archive | March, 2011

Archbishop Gomez on the Pope’s Book as the Model for Scripture Study

Archbishop Jose Gomez has a piece in the latest Tidings, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, focusing on Benedict’s new book. This is fantastic stuff! Would that all Catholic bishops would write to their faithful about the need to follow Benedict’s example of Scripture study! Pope Benedict’s attempt to implement the Catholic biblical

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Out of Africa

For St. Perpetua’s day, visit early Christian Africa—in one of the earliest posts on my blog. Carthage, the cosmopolitan port city of ancient North Africa, had a thriving economy, a lively culture, and no small influence in world affairs. Christianity reached the Roman province of “New Africa” no later than the mid-second century, and possibly

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Archbishop Gomez’s Inspiring Inaugural Homily

The new archbishop of Los Angeles delivered a stirring homily today. I just had to mention some of it here: . . . this is not a future I could have ever imagined for myself [i.e., becoming the archbishop of the largest diocese in America, Los Angeles]. But our God is a God of surprises—un

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Sirach as Scripture in Judaism?

My good friend Dr. Jeff Morrow (Seton Hall) has an excellent post up over at the excellent blog Caritas et Veritas on the formation of the canon of Scripture. It is astonishing to me the way certain myths persist in scholarship. One example is the traditional narrative about the formation of the canon. I don’t

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Jesus as the Davidic Messiah in Matthew (Part 2 of 2)

Following up from part 1. Am I missing any major piece of the puzzle here that wouldn’t require a lot of explanation? Jesus’ Davidic Exorcistic and Healing Powers. Jesus’ exorcisms and healings seem especially tied to his role as the Davidide. The blind healed by him address him specifically as “son of David” (cf. Matt

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