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  • Concluding which author wrote the Pentateuch
    Concluding which author wrote the Pentateuch
    Many people do not know who wrote the first five books of the Holy Bible. And, although most Bible scholars have long proclaimed that it was most likely Moses who wrote them, there are still those who doubt their conclusion. Of course, if one does...
  • Stoning of a prophet
    Stoning children in the Bible
    Did the Lord condone stoning of children? A loving God more of a harsh dictator? Where is the mercy and forgiveness? How is killing a child moral? Tough questions for a complex command from the Lord God, but did He really command to stone...
  • Moses Views the Promised Land
    Deuteronomy, The Second Edition
    It was 609 b.c.e. and Josiah was dead. There are two accounts of his death in the Bible, one by the Deuteronomist, and another, more lengthy version in 2 Chronicles. The Deuteronomist version in 2 Kings 23:29 is very brief:While Josiah was king,...
  • Judean desert
    Meditations on Scriptures -- First Sunday of Lent (Year C), 2/16-17/13
    Opening reflection (taken from Magnificat magazine, www.magnificat.com): “Obedience forms the core of Jesus' being" (Monsignor Romano Guardini). Through the temptations in the desert, Jesus is brought to a life-or-death awareness of...
  • Teach children about God
    Pastor preaches 'Relationship and Responsibility with Family and God'
    On Youth Sunday, Feb. 17 Rev. Louis R. Blakey, Jr., pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached from Deuteronomy 6:1-12 using the title: "Relationship and Responsibility with Family and God" In that passage, Moses...
  • Love your neighbor as yourself
    Meditations on Scriptures -- 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B), 11/3-4/12
    Opening reflection (taken from Magnificat magazine, www.magnificat.com): The Lord does not tell the scribe anything new – anything that the man does not already know. But when the voice of the Word speaks to him, the scribe suddenly listens...
  • We define the purpose of our being in Catholic and American heritage
    We define the purpose of our being in Catholic and American heritage
    The collectors of the temple tax approached Peter asking, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” Peter replied, “Yes.” Jesus asked, “What is your opinion? From whom do the kings of the earth tax, from their...
  • We need to define what life is to follow our Declaration of Independence Part 3
    We need to define what life is to follow our Declaration of Independence Part 3
    Conservatives believe some men, corporate CEOs, and business owners are by nature good and do not need regulation. Liberals believe the writings of John Locke who noted that no man is a fair judge in his own case. That includes the corporate CEO,...
  • The Bible
    A new promise for a new generation
    You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country, (Deuteronomy 28:3).Today's text is spoken by Moses in his final message to the children of Israel. After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, the Israelites are about to enter...
  • Altar at our Cathedral in Reno Nevada
    Father Francisco's Bible Study class, formation of Torah as we know it Part 1
    After the Thursday evening Old Testament Prophets class on September 29, outside of our Cathedral, Father Francisco Nahoi and some parishioners discussed the irony that Deuteronomy means the second giving of Torah. The irony is that it was...
  • Jesus
    Read the Bible in one year: March 23 (Numbers, Deuteronomy, Luke, Psalm)
    Read the Bible in one year: March 23 (Numbers, Deuteronomy, Luke, Psalm, Proverbs)NEW! Contact the Jesus Christ Examiner on Twitter, Facebook or by e-mailOn March 23, 2011 our one year Bible reading plan takes us to Numbers 36: 1-13 to Deuteronomy...
  • Mount of Beatitudes
    Meditations on Scriptures -- 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A), 3/5-6/11
    Opening reflection (from Magnificat magazine, www.magnificat.com): Moses told the people: “Take these words of mine into your heart and soul.” Why was it so crucial for the people to do this? Because Moses' words were God's own...
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