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Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.16.12 |
I’m currently teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on Liturgical Theology and so I’ve been doing a lot of work in the study of worship. In the most recent podcast of “The Sacred Page” I thought I’d share some thoughts on the topic.
In the first Eucharistic Prayer of the Catholic Mass, the priest makes reference to an altar in heaven: “command that these gifts be borne by the hands of your… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.09.12 |
In this episode I look at Jesus’ role as a prophet, a much overlooked aspect of his ministry. In addition, I look at the role of “prophetic acts”, other first-century Jewish figures, and, for good measure, the Last Supper. This is podcast is jam-packed.
Click here for a .pdf of the outline with all the references cited. Note the extensive footnotes. I covered much of this material in my doctoral dissertation, so this is an area in which I’ve done a lot of work.
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.02.12 |
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]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.22.12 |
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]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.20.12 |
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]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.18.12 |
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.
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.14.12 |
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]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 05.22.12 |
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]