What do we mean by God “Hardening Pharoah’s Heart”?

We’re talking about it over at the Register. [Read more...]

Why you only know the name of one guy on the Emmaus Road

Ever wonder why you know the names of certain characters in the gospels? I don’t mean the biggies like Peter and Paul, but the littlies like Simon the Cyrene, or Bartimaeus the blind beggar, or Jairus, or Cleopas, the guy on the Emmaus Road. Lots of people don’t get named in gospel stories, such as [Read More...]

Prompted by the Noah movie

…my ever-interesting reader Lori Pieper has a couple of essays about the Bible and myth here and here. More like her please! [Read more...]

Over at Our Sunday Visitor…

I’ve been doing the daily meditations on the Scripture readings for February. Take a look. [Read more...]

Land of Zebulun, Land of Naphtali, Galilee of the Gentiles

One of the more subtle things Matthew likes to do is teach via a sort of “sacred geography”.  So, he tells us, after the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus leaves Judea and, in a strange but obviously deliberate move, continues on from Nazareth to Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee.  Why? Matthew tells us.  [Read More...]

Deacon Nathan Allen notes something interesting about Matthew’s account of the Nativity

The punctuation does not exist in the original text, but is supplied by translators.  Since lots of translators assume Joseph didn’t believe Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, they add a semi-colon to the angel’s message to Joseph.  However, Jerome, the greatest scripture scholar of antiquity, thought that Joseph believed Mary (I think so [Read More...]

Christmas coolness…

…for the Scripture student in your life–from the increasingly impressive Logos Co. [Read more...]

How Catholics Understand the Bible

We’re talking about it over at Strange Notions. [Read more...]

Interesting Bible App

I’m Mike Stark with The TRUTH & LIFE Dramatized Catholic audio New Testament. T&L is endorsed by the NCEA. I will follow this letter with an e-mail that Cardinal George sent to the Archdiocese of Chicago pastors, as well as all the members of the USCCB. I hope you will take a minuite of your [Read More...]

Hidden and Revealed

One of the basic principles of the Catholic approach to Scripture is that, in the words of Augustine, the New Covenant is revealed in the Old and the Old Covenant is only fully revealed in the New.  This is a view of the Jewish Bible that goes right back, not to Augustine nor the Fathers, but [Read More...]