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Old Testament Manuscripts

Posted on May 01, 2012

In this follow up to the last post, we discuss important manuscripts (hand-written copies) of the Old Testament.


The Oldest Manuscripts of the Old Testament

The original manuscripts (the autographs) written by the sacred authors themselves are no longer extant for any book of the Bible.  The oldest partial copies of the text of any biblical book are to be found among the Dead Sea Scrolls (treated in next post).  However,...

The Shepherd’s Voice: Reflections on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted on April 27, 2012

Acts 4:8-12 
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 29 
1 John 3:1-2 
John 10:11-18

Jesus, in today’s Gospel, says that He is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel.

He is the shepherd-prince, the new David—who frees people from bondage to sin and gathers them into one flock, the Church, under a new covenant, made in His blood (see Ezekiel 34:1...

The Text of the Old Testament

Posted on April 26, 2012

This is part of a series of posts on fundamental Catholic teaching on Scripture.  In this post, we delve into some of the specifics of the human dimension of Scripture: in this case, the original language(s) of the Old Testament.

The original language of large majority of the Old Testament books is Hebrew. Hebrew is the ancestral language of the people of Israel. It is a Semitic language, that is, one of a family of...

Perspectives Principles And Criteria: John Bergsma on the Bible in Catholic Theology

Posted on April 24, 2012
  John Bergsma and Michael Barber discuss the role of the Bible in Catholic Theology, highlighting a new document from the International Theological Commission. ...

Understanding the Scriptures: Reflections on the Third Sunday of Easter

Posted on April 20, 2012

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 
Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-9 
1 John 2:1-5 
Luke 24:35-48

Jesus in today’s Gospel, teaches His apostles how to interpret the Scriptures.

He tells them that all the Scriptures of what we now call the Old Testament refer to Him. He says that all the promises found in the Old Testament have been fulfilled in His passion, death, and resurrection. And He...

Paul's Strange Mention of Co-Senders: What It Might Mean

Posted on April 20, 2012

This quarter I am teaching a graduate course on the Pauline Epistles. Today we began working through 1 Corinthians. Here I wanted to touch upon something we examined in class today: Paul’s co-workers.

Paul begins 1 Corinthians by doing something he often does in his epistles: he mentions a co-worker.

“Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God which...

EWTN Live - Benedict XVI and Verbum Domini - Fr Mitch Pacwa, SJ with Dr. Scott Hahn - 03-02-2011

Posted on April 19, 2012

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ annd Dr. Scott Hahn discuss Benedict XVI and Verbum Domini from March 2011.


The Splendor of Eschatology: Highlights from Matthew Levering’s Jesus and the Demise of Death

Posted on April 13, 2012

(This post is part of the Patheos roundtable discussion of Matthew Levering’s latest book from Baylor University Press.)

What happened to Jesus when he died? And what will happen to me when I die?

These two perennial Christian questions are the foci of Matthew’ Levering’s new book, Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian(Baylor University Press, 2012).


The Day the Lord Made: Reflections for Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted on April 13, 2012

Acts 4:32-35 
Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 
1 John 5:1-6 
John 20:19-31

Three times in today’s Psalm we cry out a victory shout: “His mercy endures forever.”

Truly we’ve known the everlasting love of God, who has come to us as our Savior. By the blood and water that flowed from Jesus’ pierced side (see John 19:34), we&rsquo...

Catholic Exegesis: A Streamlined Overview

Posted on April 12, 2012

This is part of a continued series of posts on fundamental issues in Catholic doctrine of Scripture. Building on previous discussions of Catholic inspiration and interpretation, we propose here a six-step streamlined overview of the process of Catholic exegesis.  Comments are welcome below.


The points made above about the interpretation of the literal and spiritual senses of Scripture may be integrated into a six-step process representing an idealized picture of the method of Catholic...