“My covenant with you is this: you are to become the father of a host of nations. No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations. I will render you exceedingly fertile; I will make nations of you; kings shall […]

OK, you are a student at the Biblicum and the examiner gives you the following quote from the Holy Father: “The great scholar becomes a little one and for this very reason perceives the folly of God as wisdom, a wisdom far greater than all human wisdom.” Explain. First, the “little one” is a double […]

For anyone interested a  scripture scholar’s view of the role of Peter in the Gospels and Acts, the best book written to date is out-of-print.  Raymond Brown’s Peter in the New Testament is an impressive synopsis of his relationship to Jesus.  Before some of you get hot under the collar at the mere mention of […]

In the Gospels, the two foundational passages on Christian service are Mark 10:45, and John’s account of the footwashing at the Last Supper.  In Mark, Christ states very clearly that I did not come to be served but to serve.   For those expecting of Jesus a Messiah who would rule like David or Solomon, […]