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"Why Jesus was Baptized and Tempted?" with John Bergsma

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 01.16.12 |

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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!

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John Bergsma on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 11.10.11 |

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Dr. Michael Barber explores the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. John Bergsma, looking specifically at why Catholics should find them interesting.

You can find Dr. Bergsma’s audio series on the Scrolls here.


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Exegesis as Theology, Theology as Exegesis

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 09.01.11 |

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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]

The Catholic Understanding of the Saints: Isn't Christ the 'One Mediator'?

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.03.11 |

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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:

  1. 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]

Understanding the Book of Acts—Part 3: More Similarities Between Luke and Acts

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 04.29.11 |

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Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2.

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]

The Eucharistic Theology of Early Church Fathers

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Joel, who speaks of how he is more Eucharistic-centric than many of his Protestant friends, has a great post up on John Paul II and the Eucharist. Of course, I’m pretty Eucharistic-centric too. : )

In fact, at JP Catholic we participate in the Eucharistic celebration every day.

Anyways. . . since Joel brought up the Eucharist, I thought I’d share a bit from the early church fathers.

Irenaeus on the…  [Continue Reading]

Understanding the Book of Acts: Part 2—Acts of Jesus & Acts of the Apostles

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In the first post of this series I highlighted the unity of Luke-Acts. I emphasized that the two books seem to show us that the ministry of Jesus is continued through his Church. Now I want to begin to move closely through the narrative, highlighting the way this theological truth is underscored.

Indeed, for the reader who knows the Gospel of Luke, Acts is a sort of déjà vu experience. The narrative…  [Continue Reading]

Jesus Didn't Just "Die for Our Salvation": Why He Rose from the Dead

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Christ is risen, Alleluia!

But why did he rise from the dead?

Here I want to ask the question and touch on an aspect of the resurrection that is often overlooked, namely, how it relates to our salvation.

Most people know that Jesus died for their sins. But, as we shall see, according to the New Testament Jesus also rose for our salvation. This aspect of the biblical message is often neglected. The…  [Continue Reading]


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