Five scripture scholars pick their golden oldies

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Maybe you've heard them since childhood and know them by heart, but what do some of those Old Testament stories really mean?

A son betrays his father. A wealthy man has an adulterous affair. Sound like the plot lines from the daytime soap operas? Actually, these are themes from some Old Testament stories. But however intriguing the plot lines may be, readers of the Old Testament may struggle to make sense of the tales. "The Old Testament does baffle people," says Old Testament scholar Robert Schoenstene.


Five scripture scholars pick their golden oldies

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Article Scripture and Theology
Maybe you've heard them since childhood and know them by heart, but what do some of those Old Testament stories really mean?

A son betrays his father. A wealthy man has an adulterous affair. Sound like the plot lines from the daytime soap operas? Actually, these are themes from some Old Testament stories. But however intriguing the plot lines may be, readers of the Old Testament may struggle to make sense of the tales. "The Old Testament does baffle people," says Old Testament scholar Robert Schoenstene.


Getting to know Paul

By Father Joseph Fitzmyer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

You've written that the meaning of Saint Paul's letters today cannot be different from the original meaning intended by Paul for his contemporaries. Would you explain that?


Getting to know Paul

By Father Joseph Fitzmyer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

You've written that the meaning of Saint Paul's letters today cannot be different from the original meaning intended by Paul for his contemporaries. Would you explain that?


How to get a better read on your faith

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Sometime in the late 12th century a Monk named Guigo, the second prior of the monastery of the Grand Chartreuse in France, wrote to his friend Gervase about some thoughts he had concerning exercises "proper to a cloistered monk." Those thoughts, in fact, constitute a tightly argued, pamphlet-sized treatise on how to read scripture as a form of prayer.


How to get a better read on your faith

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Article Scripture and Theology

Sometime in the late 12th century a Monk named Guigo, the second prior of the monastery of the Grand Chartreuse in France, wrote to his friend Gervase about some thoughts he had concerning exercises "proper to a cloistered monk." Those thoughts, in fact, constitute a tightly argued, pamphlet-sized treatise on how to read scripture as a form of prayer.


How to get the most out of reading the Bible

By Father Daniel J. Harrington| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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How did your love for the Bible develop?
I became interested in scripture as a boy. I stutter sometimes, and when I heard that Moses stuttered-that he was "slow of speech and slow of tongue"-I looked it up in the Book of Exodus and found the story of God's call to Moses to speak on behalf of God. In this way I found God in the Bible, and that experience has always been with me.


How to get the most out of reading the Bible

By Father Daniel J. Harrington| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

How did your love for the Bible develop?
I became interested in scripture as a boy. I stutter sometimes, and when I heard that Moses stuttered-that he was "slow of speech and slow of tongue"-I looked it up in the Book of Exodus and found the story of God's call to Moses to speak on behalf of God. In this way I found God in the Bible, and that experience has always been with me.


How to handle grief

By Jack Miller| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Jack Miller, author of Healing Our Losses: A Journal for Working Through Your Grief (1993), doesn't tell peple how to grieve-only that they must grieve. "Grief is on a continuum," he says. "You have to move from one end of it to the other, and you can't miss any step along the way."


If the church isn't a democracy, what is it?

By R. Scott Appleby| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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In the year 373 The See of Milan fell vacant and the emperor dispatched Ambrose, governor of the province and scion of an aristocratic Roman family, to reestablish order over the stormy assembly of Catholic faithful, whose duty it was to elect a new bishop. So impressive was Ambrose, so naturally did he exude authority and "presence," that the crowd milling about the cathedral moved unanimously to acclaim him the new bishop, ignoring the inconvenient fact that he was not even a Christian, much less a member of the clergy.


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