Today’s lectors will not correctly proclaim today’s first reading unless they understand the biblical significance of Moses’ initial words to his people. “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live . . . “Through the mouth of the greatest... more
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One of the most intriguing aspects of studying Scripture critically is to surface the many different theologies which make up our sacred writings. This is especially eye opening to us Catholics. Throughout my life I’ve asked or been asked, “What do Catholics believe about this?” Or, “How do... more
Regular readers of these commentaries know how often (as recently as last week) I quote and refer to Carroll Stuhlmueller and Hans Walter Wolff. Though I’ve read the works of, and been influenced by other famous Scripture scholars, these two were among the many dedicated men and women who... more
One of Hans Walter Wolff’s most memorable classes revolved around the great Scripture scholar’s reflection on something which takes place in today’s first reading. “Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death: ‘This is enough... more