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Our Lenten Reading List

Every Lent, the Church calls all Catholics to grow closer to Christ through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. To help you embark upon that walk this Lent, the staff of the St. Paul Center has compiled a list of some of our favorite Lenten reading, both old and new. Our prayer is that before Easter arrives, at least some of these books will be among your favorites as well.
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Old Testament Manuscripts

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 05.01.12

In this follow up to the last post, we discuss important manuscripts (hand-written copies) of the Old Testament.

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The Oldest Manuscripts of the Old Testament

The original manuscripts (the autographs) written by the sacred authors themselves are no longer extant for any book of the Bible.  The oldest partial copies of the text of any biblical book are to be found among the Dead Sea Scrolls (treated...  [Continue Reading]

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The Shepherd’s Voice: Reflections on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.27.12

Jesus, in today’s Gospel, says that He is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel.

He is the shepherd-prince, the new David—who frees people from bondage to sin and gathers them into one flock, the Church, under a new covenant, made in His blood (see Ezekiel 34:10-13, 23-31).

His flock includes other sheep, He says, far more than the dispersed children of Israel (see Isaiah 56:8; John...  [Continue Reading]

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The Text of the Old Testament

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 04.26.12

This is part of a series of posts on fundamental Catholic teaching on Scripture.  In this post, we delve into some of the specifics of the human dimension of Scripture: in this case, the original language(s) of the Old Testament.


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The original language of large majority of the Old Testament books is Hebrew. Hebrew is the ancestral language of the people of Israel. It is a Semitic language, that...  [Continue Reading]

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Perspectives Principles And Criteria: John Bergsma on the Bible in Catholic Theology

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 04.24.12

John Bergsma and Michael Barber discuss the role of the Bible in Catholic Theology, highlighting a new document from the International Theological Commission.

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