Saturday, November 26, 2011

The True Temple in Mark: Podcast and Post on Mark 13 (Sunday's Gospel)

This Sunday Advent begins. Here is our podcast on the Sunday readings (see below).

Podcast: First Sunday of Advent 2011

My friend, New Testament scholar, Leroy Huizenga has some great reflections here. He points out that Jesus' coming in Mark 13 is linked with the destruction of the temple.

Here I thought I'd highlight another aspect of the chapter. It seems clear Mark describes the destruction of the temple and the end of the cosmos with language also evocative of Jesus' passion narrative.

That Mark sees a connection between the two events--Jesus' death and the destruction of the temple--is clear from the account of the tearing of the temple veil at the moment of Jesus’ death. As Donald Juel writes, “The result of Jesus’ death is the end of the Jewish temple, foreshadowed in the tearing of the veil.”[1]

The Apocalyptic Discourse and the Passion Narrative

The Gospel reading this Sunday comes from Mark 13. Scholars have noted numerous connections between the apocalyptic discourse, which, as Leroy shows, relates to the destruction of the temple and the passion narrative.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TSP 9: The "Thanksgiving Sacrifice", the Last Supper & the Eucharist

Here is our special Thanksgiving podcast! In this episode we explore the idea of the thank offering in the Old Testament, known as the todah, and its connection to the Eucharist.

Enjoy! And please remember to leave us your comments! 

Podcast: The "Thanksgiving Sacrifice", the Last Supper and the Eucharist

Friday, November 4, 2011

Podcast 8: John Bergsma on the Dead Sea Scrolls

This week we explore the Dead Sea Scrolls with John Bergsma, looking specifically at why Catholics should find them interesting.

You can find Dr. Bergsma's audio series on the Scrolls here. There is an excerpt from the series as well as a .pdf of the outline.

Please be sure to leave your comments on the show below!

Podcast: "John Bergsma on the Dead Sea Scrolls" [right click to download]

The Parable of the Ten Virgins (With John Bergsma!)

This Sunday the Gospel reading is taken from Matthew once again and relates Jesus' parable of the Ten Virgins. We were honored to have John Bergsma with us on this episode.

I hope you enjoy it! Please leave your comments on the podcast.

Podcast: "Jesus' Shocking Words About the Pharisees in Matthew 23")(31st Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A) [right click to download]