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David, A Great King, Yet With a Critical Flaw. What is the Lesson for us Today?

January 31, 2012 38 Comments

Of all the great Patriarchs of the Old Testament, David is among the greatest. Warrior and King, composer and conqueror, unifier and organizer, a man after God’s own heart. He united not only the 12, often fractured Tribes of Israel, but, as a kind if priest-king, stitched together the religious faith of Israel with its […]

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Reflections on the Soon to Be Released New American Bible (Revised Edition)

March 3, 2011 56 Comments

We have talked before here about some concerns in regard to the New American Bible. Both the translations, and especially the footnotes, are matters of concern. Now comes the news that a revised version is being issued March 9. Here are excerpts of  the press release: The New American Bible, revised edition (NABRE), the first […]

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The Magnificat is a Bold Prayer!

December 22, 2010 34 Comments

I pray you might indulge me a little speculation that cuts against the usual “visuals” surrounding the Magnificat. And , if what I say does not please your sensibilities I ask pardon now, and once again your indulgence. In our western culture we tend to think of Mary in very soft focus, humbly praying, head […]

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The Pope’s View of the Historical-Critical Method of Biblical Interpretation

December 17, 2010 47 Comments
The Pope’s View of the Historical-Critical Method of Biblical Interpretation

I must that I was never all that enamored by the historical critical method of interpreting Scripture. I’ll say more of why in a moment. But some of you may be wondering what the historical critical method is. (If you want to skip my little lesson and some personal reflections of mine and go right […]

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On the Synergy of Sacred Scripture – A Reflection on the Pope’s Teaching in the Post Synodal Exhortation Verbum Domini

December 3, 2010 18 Comments

In the past few days we have reviewed how a humanist group has misused Scripture in an Ad campaign designed to ridicule faith in God. In their human kindness they have chosen the Christmas season to do this. Their misuse of Scripture centers on pulling individual verses from the Bible and posting them out of […]

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On a Strange and Horrible Biblical Story and the Bad Memory of God.

November 28, 2010 58 Comments

One of the most strange and horrifying stories of the Bible is the story of Jephthah  (Pronounced “Jeff-tha” and alternately spelled Jepthe) and his ritual murder of his daughter. It is a tale of faith and piety gone terribly wrong and a teaching of what happens when error and false religion are substituted for the true […]

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic as Bible Hymn of the Republic

November 23, 2010 43 Comments

I was reminded today of one of my favorite hymns as I read the first reading from today’s Mass. In particular these lines stood out: [An] angel came out of the temple, crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud [Jesus], “Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the […]

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Did God Command Genocide?

January 20, 2010 153 Comments

In the readings for Daily Mass this week we are reading from 1 Samuel 15 where Saul comes into disfavor with Samuel and God for refusing to fully obey the “Ban” imposed on the Amalekites by God through Samuel. What was the “Ban?” Most fundamentally it was an command that in taking a city or a […]

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