I vividly remember the pictures in my grade school Bible History of Israelites catching the manna floating down from heaven. I don’t remember any pictures, though, of them grabbing, killing and cleaning the quail which “came up and covered the camp.” Such a scene probably was regarded as too... more
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During my minor seminary career we regularly were treated to Sunday night movies: three reel, 16mm presentations of recent (and highly censored) hits. Since the seminary had just one workable projector we took two short intermissions while the projectionist changed reels.
As the late John McKenzie pointed out in his book Authority in the Church, both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures rarely say anything about obeying those in authority. When the authority issue comes up the point of discussion almost always revolves around the abuses perpetrated by those... more
Even casual Scripture readers quickly discover that prophets have problems with religious leaders and religious leaders have problems with prophets. Today’s first reading narrates a classic confrontation between the two.
Since surfacing and listening to prophets is the most... more
Biblical redaction critics enjoy pointing out the changes Matthew made to the story he found in today’s Marcan gospel pericope.
Among other things, redaction critics are interested in how sacred authors alter material they copy from other sacred authors. Such changes help to surface... more