As I mentioned back in September, the great Hans Walter Wolff was convinced that the role of a biblical prophet is to provide people with the future implications of their present actions. That’s why few prophets died with their sandals tucked snuggly under their beds. Most people choose not to... more
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Today’s first reading narrates one of the most important events in Jewish history. I always insist my students know the year it happened - the easiest date in all Scripture to remember: 1,000 BCE. Before “all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron,” Jews were divided into two tribal... more
I’m grateful to Dominic Crossan for pointing out something I’d never noticed. In his book God and Empire, he shows how the Book of Revelation differs from the apocalyptic sections of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, especially when it comes to the “end of the world.” Familiar with C.S. Lewis’ Tales of... more
St. Louis University Scripture professor Frank Cleary once remarked that today’s gospel pericope contains the only biblical mention of Jesus confronting the religious conservatives of his day and age: the Sadducees. Frank contends the historical Jesus seems to have written off those whose... more