Did Ancient Israelites Drink Beer?

I am very particular about context in Scripture, so when I see something obscured that can be clarified, I like to repost it for all. And, in the spirit of the season, a festive libation which has warmed the hearts of men for millenia is the subject. The drinking of beer was prevalent across the […]

The Root Of The Word “Hebrew”

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Book of Joshua is introduced in a decisive—not to say, abrupt—-fashion: “It came to pass, after the death of Moses, the Lord’s servant, that the Lord spoke to Joshua ben-Nun, Moses’ deputy, saying, ‘Moses My servant is dead. Now, then, rise up, cross over this Jordan, you and all […]

Preaching Without A Bible

by Fr. Joseph Gleason Imagine that you are a preacher. God himself has called you to be a preacher, and He has put many people under your care. It is your job to teach them the “three Gs” . . . 1) Who is God? 2) What has God done? 3) What does God require? […]

The Undeniably Eloquent Prophet Amos

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Most of us are so accustomed to finding the prophetic books included in the Bible that it is perhaps difficult to appreciate the significance of their inclusion. Although the Israelites seem always to have had their prophets—Nathan, Elijah, and so on—literary works of prophecy did not make their appearance until […]

Hebraica Veritas

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon During the past decade or so there has been a renewed interest in what we may call a philosophical reading of the Bible. By this I mean the reflective study of Holy Scripture, not necessarily as God’s revelatory Word, but as a philosophical resource, an ancient expression of inherited wisdom. […]

Just Another Saul

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Bible does not explain why the name of Saul, the early persecutor of Christians, was changed to Paul, but also the Bible does not discourage speculation on the point. Undiscouraged, then, let us speculate. A modern view speculates that the man in question had two names all along; he […]

On Consecrating the Entire Economic Order

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon St. Luke’s account of Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree (19:1-10) is a story rich in spiritual reflection; preachers and Bible-readers, coming from a variety of backgrounds, have explored the narrative unto great profit for the education of the soul. A certain liturgical use of the text is particularly instructive; namely, […]

A Year Acceptable To The Lord

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When the Evangelist Luke began his account of Jesus’ public ministry with the reading of Isaiah (4:18-19), he also used that prophetic text to provide a literary synopsis of the Gospel story. The passage begins, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me.” Here Luke […]