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Posts tagged ‘Jesus’

Matthew 16:21-28

This Labor Day I was invited to share a reflection on Matthew 16:21-28 with the congregation of St. Barnabas, a beautiful Episcopal church in Irvington, New York. This is a yearly custom at St. Barnabas, and I was honored to be asked to serve in this way. The scripture I was to speak on, Matthew 16, is a somewhat opaque passage that was rewarding as well as challenging to unfold. The full bible passage as well as the text of the sermon follows.

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Jesus: Two Contrasting Studies

In the following post I discuss two recent books on Jesus. The first is the much hyped Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. The second is The Wife of Jesus, Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals by Anthony Le Donne, which, while garnering less media coverage, is, in my opinion, a better book. Both, however, offer valuable and interesting information about the historical times in which Jesus lived, and, in Le Donne’s book, about the shifting cultural mores influencing how Jesus has been viewed in the centuries since his death.

Would I recommend The Wife of Jesus, Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals by Anthony Le Donne? Yes!

Would I recommend Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan? Metza metz, or, in Italian, mezzo mezzo, i.e. half and half. Historically fascinating, but distorted by the author’s agenda.

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“Thief” (online)

"She turned her attention to the candles arranged on a white cloth and noticed that two of the votives had gone out. If she wanted, she thought, she could take something, like the special candle in the glass bottle with the cross etched on the side..."

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