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  • TRS at AAR 2014

    The Biblical Area was well-represented as the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in San Diego. Prof. David Bosworth presented "Weeping in Hebrew and Akkadian Prayers," comparing the use of tears in the Psalms and ancient Akkadian prayers ( Prof. Bradley Gregory presented Isaiah 14 (LXX) as Narrative Template for Antiochus IV in 2 Maccabees ( ...more.

  • Dr. Pim Valkenberg Published article on Thomas Aquinas and Nicholas of Cusa

    Dr. Valkenberg has published an article titled “Can We Talk Theologically? Thomas Aquinas and Nicholas of Cusa on the Possibility of a Theological Understanding of Islam”, pages 131-166 in Rethinking the Medieval Legacy for Contemporary Theology, a scholarly volume of Medieval Theology. edited by Anselm K. Min from the University of Notre Dame Press.

  • Rev. Alexopolous Delivers Lecture on the Parthenon

    On December 5, Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos delivered a lecture titled: "When a Column Speaks: The Liturgy of the Christian Parthenon" for the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Colloquium at the Art Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. In the lecture he argued that the Christian inscriptions on the columns of the Parthenon allow us to reconstruct the ritual celebrated therein when the Parthenon functioned as a Christian church (for which no liturgical sources survive) and to argue that between the 8th century and 1205 the Christian Parthenon followed the cathedral office of Hagia Sophia of Constantinople.

  • Dr. Grabowski Publishes New Article

    John S. Grabowski’s new article “And So He Revealed His Glory: Cana and the Sacramentality of Marriage” appeared in The Thomist 78:1 (2014): 37-63. Using patristic and medieval readings of John 2:1-11 as well as an exegesis of the text itself, the essay argues against the frequently repeated argument that views marriage in the early Christian era as a largely secular and human relationship which was later "baptized" by the medieval Church. Rather the text and this tradition of interpretation reveal the early Christian view of marriage to be one which saw Christ as acting within it to transform it and to conform the couple to his cross and to his own eschatological union with the Church.

  • Bereavement Notice

    It is with great sadness that we convey the passing of Father Berard Marthaler, OFM Conv., emeritus professor of the Catholic University of America. Fr Marthaler was born in 1927, ordained in Rome in 1953 and earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Seraphicum with a dissertation on Original Justice and Sanctifying Grace in the Writings of St. Bonaventure. He also earned a doctorate in Ancient History from the University of Minnesota...more

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Recent Publications

  • Fr. Heil Publishes New Book on the Book of Revelation

    The subtitle of this book published by Wipf and Stock is Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy. The worship that Revelation exhorts and enables is in the divine Spirit of prophetic witness against all forms of idolatrous worship in favor of a true worship of the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb, for an eternal and heavenly life. The audience may begin this worship in the Eucharistic supper into which Revelation leads them by inviting them to respond to the promise of Jesus, “Yes, I am coming soon,” with “Amen! Come Lord Jesus!” They thereby welcome the Lord Jesus to the Eucharistic supper that anticipates his final coming and the divine grace, the gift of eternal life, of the Lord Jesus that is intended to be the destiny of all.

  • Dr Ian Boxall Publishes New Book on Matthew’s Gospel

    Dr Ian Boxall’s new book Discovering Matthew: Content, interpretation, reception has just been published by SPCK. This introduction to the interpretation of Matthew’s Gospel draws on a range of methodological approaches (author-, text- and reader-centered), as complementary rather than mutually exclusive ways of interpreting the Gospel. In particular, it reflects the growing scholarly attention to the reception history of biblical texts.