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Was Joseph Really Suspicious of Mary’s Pregnancy?

Posted on December 07, 2010

During this Advent/Christmas season we will turn again and again to introductory chapters of Matthew and Luke. Here I’d like to look at one passage in particular.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to...


St. Nicholas Day

Posted on December 06, 2010

Happy St. Nicholas Day! My friend Carl Sommer worked on a graphic novel for the occasion, and you can view it in its entirety online at Catholic Heroes of the Faith.

Here’s my take on ol’ St. Nick — as a patron of a particular kind of ecumenical dialogue.

There’s a certain kind of Catholic who likes nothing more than a good inter-Christian tussle. Their model, among the ancient Christians,...


Ignatius of Antioch on the Eucharist

Posted on December 06, 2010

“I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible” (Letter to the Romans 7:3 [A.D. 110]).

“Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary...


Pope Benedict XVI's New Apostolic Exhortation on the Bible is Here!

Posted on November 10, 2010

Great News!

According to Zenit News Service, Pope Benedict XVI’s long-anticipated Apostolic Exhortation on the Bible, Verbum Domini will be released today, November 11!
The following link will take you to the Exhortation on the Vatican website:

Verbum Domini: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church (September 30, 2010)

For those of us in Catholic biblical studies circles, this document’s advent is something akin...


The World Series of Bible Study

Posted on October 29, 2010

I’m not saying they’re necessarily connected, but I do find it rather interesting that the teams playing in the World Series just happen to represent states in which we’ve just presented the St. Paul Center’s Journey Through Scripture Parish-Based Bible Study Program. In fact, based on the crowds and their enthusiasm, you could say we’ve had our own championship season. In just two weekends we equipped nearly 350...


Not Your Average Reading Group

Posted on October 21, 2010

Here’s an excerpt of a letter I received this week:

My husband is a high altitude mountain climber. In planning for those extended treks, weight is a very serious concern, even to the point where some climbers cut the handle of their toothbrushes down to nubs. They do take books up, however, in anticipation of being bivouacked for multiple days in unwelcomed storms. Before he left for Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, I...


Emery on the Biblical Methodology of Aquinas

Posted on October 21, 2010

The French Dominican scholar, Giles Emery, hits on a point I’ve been making a lot lately in his great work The Trinity in Aquinas (2004), namely, that Thomas Aquinas’ theological method was highly—to a remarkable degree—biblical, focused in particular on the literal historical sense. This is especially evident in his Summa Contra Gentiles (not to be confused with the “other” Summa!). Check this out. . . Among other things, he points out that...


Dead Sea Scrolls On-Line

Posted on October 20, 2010

From Reuters:

Scholars and anyone with an Internet connection will be able to take a new look into the Biblical past through an online archive of high-resolution images of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls.

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the custodian of the scrolls that shed light on the life of Jews and early Christians at the time of Jesus, said on Tuesday it was collaborating with Google’s research and development center in Israel...


Like the Early Christians, We Should Learn to See Again the Gospel as… Fresh, Attractive.

Posted on October 13, 2010

In this special interview, Scott Hahn, tells Earlychristians.org of his conversion to Catholicism upon attending the Holy Mass and what the Early Christians got to do with it.

1. You have written numerous books on a wide range of topics related to the Catholic Faith and the Scriptures. What is your current focus and what do you intend to achieve?

My focus now is what it has been for decades: to promote biblical literacy for...


Holy Land, Happy Landings

Posted on October 05, 2010

Pilgrimage should be second nature to an institution that’s dedicated to the spirit of St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Any book devoted to St. Paul’s ministry is sure to have pages devoted to maps. Our patron was a man on the move. Yet he was not a restless wanderer. He was a pilgrim, and he sojourned with a destination in mind. “For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus … for he was...