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"To the Ends of the Earth"

Posted on May 09, 2012

Now that the jet-lag is a fading memory and I’m no longer a nocturnal creature haunting the halls of my house, I thought I’d briefly share with you about my recent trip to New Zealand. First of all, I don’t know how anyone can live in a place of such natural beauty and not know there is a God. Everywhere you look could serve as a postcard. Even the gas stations are picturesque!...


Bride and Joy

Posted on May 08, 2012

“There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there” (John 2:1).

It’s May, Mary’s month, and the month when I am “giving away” my daughter in marriage. It’s hard for a dad, especially the dad of such a daughter, because I know no one deserves her. But Ben comes close.

Hannah is the third of my children to walk the...


On the Vine: Reflections on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 04, 2012

Readings:
Acts 9:26-31
Psalm 22:26-28, 30-32
1 John 3:18-24
John 15:1-8

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the true vine that God intended Israel to be—the source of divine life and wisdom for the nations (see Sirach 24:17-24).

In baptism, each of us was joined to Him by the Holy Spirit. As a branch grows from a tree, our souls are to draw life from...


Father of Orthodoxy, St. Athanasius

Posted on May 02, 2012

Today’s the feast of St. Athanasius, the Father of Orthodoxy, the man who stared the world down when it awoke to find itself Arian. In his own lifetime, Athanasius was known as the Father of Orthodoxy. Get to know this guy, and you’ll always stay on the straight and narrow.

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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.

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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

Readings: 
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

Readings: 
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...