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Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 04.20.12 |
This quarter I am teaching a graduate course on the Pauline Epistles. Today we began working through 1 Corinthians. Here I wanted to touch upon something we examined in class today: Paul’s co-workers.
Paul begins 1 Corinthians by doing something he often does in his epistles: he mentions a co-worker.
“Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 04.10.12 |
Aquinas pores over the New Testament and comes up with five reasons it was fitting for Christ to rise from the dead (ST IIIa, q. 53, art. 1). Here they are.
1. It reveals God’s justice.
Because Christ humbled himself and died on the cross out of love and obedience to the Father, God lifted him up by a glorious resurrection.
2. It was necessary for the confirmation of our faith in Christ.
Thomas cites… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.12.12 |
Today[March 8th 2012] has been an extremely exciting day!
The International Theological Commission has a new document out, Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria. This is an incredibly helpful guide to doing Catholic theology.
To be sure, this is not a magisterial document—an official document from the Church’s teaching office. Nonetheless, this is important reading for Catholics interested… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 01.16.12 |
In this episode of The Sacred Page Podcast John Bergsma joins me to discuss why Jesus was baptized and tempted in the wilderness? Here we talk about Creation imagery, Exodus motifs, and Davidic typology in the Gospel accounts—and how they are all tied together!
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 11.10.11 |
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 09.01.11 |
One of the most jaw-dropping sections in Pope Benedict’s recent letter, Verbum Domini, states the following:
“where exegesis is not theology, Scripture cannot be the soul of theology, and conversely, where theology is not essentially the interpretation of the Church’s Scripture, such a theology no longer has a foundation” (Verbum Domini, no. 35).
In a sense, here Pope Benedict is reiterating what… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.03.11 |
This is a hugely important question. But, actually, in a certain sense, this question really contains a number of other questions rolled up into one:
- Isn’t Christ the “one mediator between God and man” (1 Tim 2:5)? If so, isn’t affirming the ability of the dead to pray for us a violation of that biblical teaching? In light of that, it would seem that there can be no biblical justification for the… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 04.29.11 |
Continuing our walk through the book of Acts, we can note the following similarities between what happened to Jesus in the Gospel of Luke and what happens in the life of the Church in Acts.
A centurion. . .
A centurion, well-spoken of by the Jews, sends servants to Jesus to ask him to come to his house (Luke 7:1–10).
A centurion, well-spoken of by the Jewish people,… [Continue Reading]