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How to Use (and Not Use) Biblical Genealogies

How to Use Biblical Genealogies Biblical genealogies serve a lot of helpful purposes.  First, they show everyone’s connection to everyone else. Understanding who’s who, and how they’re related to those around them is vital just to get what’s going on. Second, they often have important Christological purposes.  For example, Matthew and Luke follow different parts […]

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An Awesome Resource for Understanding Scripture

Do you find yourself struggling with specific passages of the Gospels, and wondering how to understand them?  Perhaps you wonder how Matthew 24 should be understood, for example.  One of the most surefire ways of getting the interpretation right is to look at how centuries of early Christians understood the passage.  But poring through hundreds […]

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Why Didn’t Jesus Heal More People During His Ministry?

Today’s Gospel is interesting.  It’s Luke 5:12-16, and there’s a fascinating contrast: It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, […]

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The Glory of the Lord, and the Strange Gifts of the Magi

It’s two days after Latin-Rite Catholics celebrated Epiphany Sunday, and two days before Eastern-Rite Catholics celebrate Epiphany (they celebrate it on the Twelfth Day of Christmas, while we move the feast to Sunday), so it seems fitting to have a post celebrating it right here in the middle. The Epiphany celebrates the Magi’s arrival, coming […]

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Pope Benedict on the “Dark” Passages of the Bible

How should Christians understand the so-called “dark” passages of the Bible?  Even the Old Testament protagonists have some pretty shady and even disgusting doings.  To take one obvious example, there’s Lot drunkenly impregnating his own daughters in Gen. 19:30-36, after earlier offering them to the would-be rapists of Sodom, as an attempt to distract them […]

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