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Join us on a Pilgrimage to Italy!


From March 9-19, 2015, the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology invites you to join us on a special pilgrimage to the holy cities and shrines of Italy. Led by the St. Paul Center’s Executive Director—the popular author and speaker Matthew Leonard—this 10-day pilgrimage will take you throughout central Italy to visit some of the holiest spots in Christendom. [READ MORE]

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Catholic Interpretation of Scripture

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 04.03.12

This is part of an on-going series discussing the fundamentals of Catholic doctrine of Scripture.  The topic for this post is interpretationClick here to read the previous post.

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Self-conscious reflection on the proper methods of interpretation of Scripture began already with the early Church Fathers. One of the most definitive patristic statements on interpretation is St. Augustine’s De Doctrina...  [Continue Reading]

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No Place Like Rome

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.02.12

Teaching is like fatherhood. In fact, in the ancient world, it was considered a form of fatherhood. In the Oath of Hippocrates, medical students promised to take care of their aging teachers who had “fathered” them in the healing arts. In early Judaism, the rabbis were considered “fathers” to their disciples. And, of course, the Church came to look upon its first teachers as “the Fathers.”

A teacher...  [Continue Reading]

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Darkness at Noon: Reflections on Passion Sunday

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.30.12

Crowned with thorns, our Lord is lifted up on the cross, where He dies as “King of the Jews.” Notice how many times He is called “king” in today’s Gospel - mostly in scorn and mockery.

As we hear the long accounts of His passion, at every turn we must remind ourselves - He suffered this cruel and unusual violence, for us.

He is the Suffering Servant foretold by Isaiah in today’s First Reading. He...  [Continue Reading]

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The "Hour" Come: Reflections on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.22.12

Our readings today are filled with anticipation. The days are coming, Jeremiah prophesies in today’s First Reading. The hour has come, Jesus says in the Gospel. The new covenant that God promised to Jeremiah is made in the “hour” of Jesus - in His death, resurrection, and ascension to the Father’s right hand.

The prophets said this new covenant would return Israel’s exiled tribes from the ends of...  [Continue Reading]

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Inspiration and the Relationship of Divine and Human Authorship

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 03.20.12

This is part of a continuing series of posts on the fundamental Catholic doctrines of Scripture.  It picks up from my last post in inspiration, only dealing now with the relationship between human and divine in the composition of Scripture. 

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Divine and Human Authorship

The Catholic doctrine of inspiration is commonly understood to entail that God is the primary author of Scripture, and the sacred...  [Continue Reading]

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