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The Early Church. . . Mothers? Mike Aquilina's Fascinating New Book (w/ Podcast!)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.02.12 |

Mothers of the Church

Most people have heard of the Early Church Fathers, but the Mothers of the Church. . . there’s a category of saints we hear less often.

In part, that is due to the fact that not many of the early Christian women wrote. Yet that should not obscure the important contribution women made to the early Church.

In fact, as a number of sociologists and Church historians have demonstrated, Christianity involved…  [Continue Reading]

John the Baptist: In the Spirit and Power of Elijah

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.22.12 |

John the Baptist

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of John the Baptist. I recorded a podcast that provides an overview of the biblical texts describing his importance. It will be posted here soon.

Of course, you can also hear it on iTunes.

In this post I recap much of what I covered there.

John Bergsma will also be posting on the Sunday readings here as well. I might also link to more sites dealing with John…  [Continue Reading]

Bishops Announce New Translation of the New Testament

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.20.12 |

Cardinal Wuerl

In America the most widely used English version of the Bible by Catholics is the New American Bible.

Its popularity is largely due to the fact that it is this version of Scripture that is read at Mass on Sunday.

Last year a revised edition was released that re-worked the Old Testament. It has not however been approved for liturgical use.

Now the process of retranslating the New Testament has been…  [Continue Reading]

Origen and His Influence on Christian Theology

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.18.12 |

TSP Podcast Logo

With the big discovery of some of his lost homilies on the Psalms in the news, I decided to focus on Origen in this week’s episode of The Sacred Page Podcast.

Below is a .pdf containing an outline and notes of this presentation, with references to primary sources cited.

The-Sacred-Page-Podcast on Origen

Lost Homilies of Origen Found!

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.14.12 |

Origen

I’ve written a bit on Origen in the past (e.g., here). He’s one of my favorite early Christian writers. He’s also one of Pope Benedict’s favorites. In his catechetical series on the fathers, Benedict XVI spent two lectures on Origen (many only got one).

Well, now we have more of Origen than ever before. In a spectacular new discovery, lost works of his have apparently been found!

Over at the blog,…  [Continue Reading]

First copy of Nehemiah found in unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls!

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 05.22.12 |

Bible Tobit

Exciting news!

Anyone familiar with the Dead Sea Scrolls can tell you that portions of nearly every book in the Hebrew Bible are represented in these ancient texts discovered in caves near the Dead Sea.
The only exceptions were the Book of Esther and the Book of Nehemiah; scholars assumed the latter had been written on the same scroll as the Book of Ezra (as was common) but simply hadn’t survived—until…  [Continue Reading]

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.

Paul's Strange Mention of Co-Senders: What It Might Mean

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 04.20.12 |

St. Paul Fresco

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]


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