Archive (05/2012)


A New Wind: Reflections on Pentecost Sunday

Posted on May 25, 2012

Readings:
Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
John 20:19-23

The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.

The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15-21; Deuteronomy 16:9-11).

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First copy of Nehemiah found in unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls!

Posted on May 22, 2012

Exciting news!

Anyone familiar with the Dead Sea Scrolls can tell you that portions of nearly every book in the Hebrew Bible are represented in these ancient texts discovered in caves near the Dead Sea.
The only exceptions were the Book of Esther and the Book of Nehemiah; scholars assumed the latter had been written on the same scroll as the Book of Ezra (as was common) but simply hadn’t survived—until now....


Hearing the Call: Reflections on the Ascension of the Lord

Posted on May 18, 2012

Readings:
Acts 1:1-11
Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Eph 1:17-23
Mk 16:15-20

In today’s first reading, St. Luke gives the surprising news that there is more of the story to be told. The story did not end with the empty tomb, or with Jesus’ appearances to the Apostles over the course of forty days. Jesus’ saving work will have a liturgical consummation. He is the great high priest, and he...


Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization

Posted on May 17, 2012

Honored & humbled to receive the “Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization” here at FUS:

STEUBENVILLE, OH—Recognizing him as a singular gift to the Catholic Church, Franciscan University of Steubenville awarded the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization to world-renowned Scripture scholar, theologian, author, and speaker Dr. Scott Hahn.

Father Terence Henry, TOR, University president, made the announcement during Franciscan...


The Dead Sea Scrolls

Posted on May 14, 2012

Continuing the series on the text of the Bible:

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Of great interest to textual scholars are the Dead Sea Scrolls, the remains of an Essene library found in caves at the north-west end of the Dead Sea in the late 1940s at a site called Qumran.

The scrolls provide our oldest copies of any portion of Scripture, including a few manuscripts that date to the third century (200s) BC. The majority, however, were...


Begotten By Love: Reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 11, 2012

Readings:
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Psalm 98:1-4
1 John 4:7-10
John 15:9-17

God is love, and He revealed that love in sending His only Son to be a sacrificial offering for our sins.

In these words from today’s Epistle, we should hear an echo of the story of Abraham’s offering of Isaac at the dawn of salvation history. Because Abraham obeyed God’s command and did not...


"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,...