Category Archives: Exegesis

The Meanings of Crucifixion

(This is Neil.) The title here might seem to be obvious, perhaps even offensively so. Crucifixion meant a great deal of pain and certain death. But there is something else. Crucifixion was also a brutal form of satire. As the … Continue reading

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The Attribute of Mercy: Reading the Book of Jonah

(This is Neil.) I must admit that, even after a few hundred posts to this blog, I’ve never really drawn on rabbinic scholarship. I would like to do so in a small way here in this post. (See the Pontifical … Continue reading

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Jesus as Stranger: Thanksgiving and St Luke

This is Neil here (as if the awkward title didn’t already make this painfully obvious). But this, for better or worse, will be my Thanksgiving post. Thanksgiving, of course, is a day when we receive and extend hospitality to family … Continue reading

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Job the Pious

What is going on in the Book of Job? In a recent article (Zeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 117 [2005]) the distinguished exegete Michael V. Fox suggests that its teaching is “essentially pietistic, which is to say, it makes faith … Continue reading

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A Short Post on the Song of Songs

The question that this post will seek to answer is: What should we hope to learn from the Song of Songs? I asked myself this question in the weeks leading up to my marriage, especially after my then-fiancé and I … Continue reading

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“God, Who Does Not Lie”: Reading the Epistle to Titus

(This is Neil.) I would like to continue to post on Scripture, at least as much as my limitations allow. The following comes from Fr Raymond F. Collins’ article in a recent Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, “The Theology of the Epistle … Continue reading

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“So that you may be perfect and complete”: Reading the Epistle of James

I would like to look more closely at the Epistle of James. I hope that doesn’t sound so strange that I have to justify myself by suggesting some sort of usefulness for an immediate controversy. To be sure, what might … Continue reading

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