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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 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...

Becoming little in order to be truly wise

Posted on September 23, 2010

Mass Readings:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Luke 10:21-24

Last December, Pope Benedict XVI offered Mass in Rome for Catholic theologians from around the world gathered for the meeting of the International Theological Commission.  His homily is one that all students of Sacred Scripture should take to heart, especially those of us who have been called to teach.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Last December, Pope Benedict XVI offered...

Behold, I make all things Newman!

Posted on September 20, 2010

Cardinal Newman has been raised to the altars! He was a brilliant patrologist. He served the Fathers as translator, historian, compiler, controversialist, poet, and even journalist. Reading in the Fathers of the Church, he came to desire the Church of the Fathers. May we all follow him in that, and more.

Certain of his books are indispensable, among them:

The Church of the Fathers

An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine


Who is the Rich Man of Luke 16?

Posted on September 15, 2010

Very few of us can be numbered among the rich and the powerful who have the power to exploit the poor. So how are we to apply to our own lives the readings for the 25th and 26th S undays in Ordinary Time (Cycle C), which are so preoccupied with questions of social justice, wealth and poverty?

These readings remind us that the law of love (see John 15:12; Romans 13:8) means that each of us in some way...

For Future Reference

Posted on September 09, 2010

If you’ve ever traveled in conservative evangelical or fundamentalist circles, you know the Scofield Reference Bible. It’s a hefty tome, and influential. And one could argue that this annotated edition of the Scriptures, first published in 1909, created modern fundamentalism. Its editor, C.I. Scofield, made his own theological opinions seem like the plain sense of the Scripture text. In reality, his opinions were no more or less plausible than any others in the Protestant world,...

Is Peter the Rock? (Part 3: Some Reasons I Think He Is)

Posted on September 08, 2010

As I explained in the last post in this series, Gundry has made the case that Jesus’ use of petros / petra was intended to highlight the fact that Peter was not the foundation but that the church would be built upon Jesus’ own words.

While this reading may at first seem possible, a number of observations, in my opinion, render such an approach highly implausible. In sum, I would suggest that while Gundry’s...