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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]
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.|
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!