I frequently remind my students that if God always worked in predictable ways, we wouldn’t have such a thick Bible. We’d only need a couple Xeroxed, laminated pages outlining God’s behavior patterns. When we want to know what God is going to do next, or what God expects of us in the future, we... more
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During one of my scriptural methodology courses, I was assigned to critique Quentin Quesnel’s ground- breaking Catholic Biblical Quarterly article Eunuchs for the Sake of the Kingdom (vol. 30, no. 3). Among other things, Quesnel’s redaction study of Matthew 19:1-12 demonstrated that the... more
A few months ago a woman reporter was allegedly harassed in a pro-football locker-room.
Shortly after the incident, a sports analyst was asked why female reporters think it important to invade such a “sacred precinct” immediately after a game. Can’t they just wait a half-hour or... more
Those who study Scripture today don’t interpret some parts of the Hebrew Scriptures as the authors of the Christian Scriptures interpreted them. They didn’t have the tools modern scholars possess to recreate the world of these ancient sacred authors. Often they had just the writers’ words, and... more
Our sacred authors presume no one can live his or her faith alone. Believers need other believers to support and encourage them to live that faith.
During a recent class on Amos, one of my students asked a very pertinent question. Presuming this 8th century BCE shepherd/prophet... more
It’s one thing to expect a single charismatic individual to come along and usher in an ideal age. It’s another thing for each of us to do what’s necessary to help create that ideal age.
No one can argue with First-Isaiah’s depiction of the perfect Davidic leader. Active during a... more