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Teenage Strains in the Gospels

Teenage Strains in the Gospels

One of the most helpful ways to understand the negative presentation of the Pharisees in the gospels is to see the description as an adolescent reaction of the early church, striking out against its parent, Judaism.

Bible Study

The Grace of Noah’s Flood (Genesis 6:5 to 9:17)

The Grace of Noah’s Flood (Genesis 6:5 to 9:17)

On its surface the story of Noah’s flood is one of destruction. Yet it reveals a God who is willing to change in order to keep the relationship with humanity alive.

Bible Study

Tattooed for Jesus (Gal 6:17)

Tattooed for Jesus (Gal 6:17)

Tattoos were common in the ancient world to express a religious conviction. A passage from The Letter to the Galatians suggests that the Apostle Paul may have been tattooed for Christ.

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I will praise you, Lord

I will praise you, Lord

Psalm 30 has a fascinating history. Although it began as a personal prayer of thanksgiving, it was adapted for the dedication of the temple. It firmly situates thanksgiving as the basis of all prayer.

Bible Study

Is Jesus in the Psalms?

Is Jesus in the Psalms?

Christians regularly recognize in the Jewish psalms references to Jesus’ suffering and resurrection. The warrant for such a practice can be established through reflection on the common practice of reading old texts in new contexts.

Jewish-Christian Resources

Peace with Jesus’ “Enemies”

Peace with Jesus’ “Enemies”

The description of the Jewish leadership in the gospels is historically skewed. Jesus’ relationship with the Pharisees was not as negative as the Gospel of Matthew presents. Peace must, therefore, be made with these “enemies” of Jesus.

Books

The Gospel of John Set Free

The Gospel of John Set Free

This book is meant to serve preachers, catechists, and students of the Bible who wish to understand the difficult passages of John’s gospel in a way which is free from inaccuracy and prejudice. It will assist those who use John’s texts to proclaim them in conformity to Church teaching and God’s love for the Jewish people.

Living With Christ

The Apostle to the Apostles

The Apostle to the Apostles

It is impossible to celebrate Easter without Mary Magdalene. She is present in most Easter stories. She is mention more frequently in the New Testament than any other woman with the exception of Jesus’ mother.

Living With Christ

Where Salvation Is Found

Where Salvation Is Found

All four gospels speak of Jesus being crucified with two other Jews. But only Luke provides us with the story of the Good Thief. The passage is noteworthy for its desperation, its intimacy, and its view of salvation.