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The Bible as Literature

The Bible as Literature

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Each week, Dr. Richard Benton, Fr. Marc Boulos and guests discuss the content of the Bible as literature. On Tuesdays, Fr. Paul Tarazi presents an in-depth analysis of the biblical text in the original languages.
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This week, Fr. Paul explains how the verb hibdil in Genesis holds one day, day two, and day four together, defining the functionality of the heavens in conjunction with the earth. (Episode 130)
The First Will Be Last

The First Will Be Last

2020-08-0619:551

When Peter approaches Jesus to ask, “what then will there be for us,” (Matthew 19:27) his question betrays two sins: first, his belief that he has done the right thing, and, second, his expectation that he deserves a reward for his actions. In his response, Jesus tests both Peter and the addressee of Matthew’s Gospel: is it a reward to be seated in power? “But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.” (Matthew 19:30) Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 19:27-30. Episode 340 Matthew 19:27-30; Music: Pilot Error by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4216-pilot-error License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Darkness and Waters

Darkness and Waters

2020-08-0415:11

In today’s program, Fr. Paul explains the “organic and not emotionally poetic oneness of the heavens and the earth” noting that the second creation narrative begins again with the mention of the waters. (Episode 129)
No Good Thing

No Good Thing

2020-07-3015:281

Among the disastrous consequences of the Synoptic thesis of the gospels is the erasure of each individual author’s intent. Is there a generalized parable of the Rich Man that happens to appear in Matthew, or is there a teaching of Matthew that retools the parable to say something different than the other gospels? If we assume a generalized parable, we blind ourselves, and shut our ears to Matthew’s account of the teaching of Jesus Christ. God forbid! Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 19:16-23. Episode 339 Matthew 19:16-23; Music: Enter the Party by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3713-enter-the-party License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
This week, Fr. Paul highlights the function of the heavens’ priority within the purview of the author, reminding us that the pairing of the heavens and the earth signifies an encompassing reality, a totality.(Episode 128)
Mic Drop

Mic Drop

2020-07-2319:22

Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah saying, “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing. They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets; therefore great wrath came from the Lord of hosts. And just as He called and they would not listen, so they called and I would not listen,” says the Lord of hosts.(Zechariah 7:8–13) And after hearing all that Jesus said in Matthew 18, the disciples scolded the little children and told them to go away. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 19:13–15. Episode 338 Matthew 19:13–15; Music: Virtutes Instrumenti by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4590-virtutes-instrumenti License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Part of the Whole

Part of the Whole

2020-07-2115:37

In today’s program, Fr. Paul explains that Genesis, like all other books of the Bible, is part of a whole, and cannot be understood until all the pieces are brought together. (Episode 127)
Mission Priority

Mission Priority

2020-07-1615:43

Nothing irritates a person of responsibility more than someone or something that distracts from the issue at hand. Faced with distraction, a wise manager acts quickly to get the team back on track. Whatever the disturbance, the manager’s goal is to settle the matter soon so that the team can stay on task to complete the mission. That’s what St. Paul does in 1 Corinthians 7, and that’s exactly what Matthew picks up on in chapter 19 of his gospel. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 19:10-12. Episode 337 Matthew 19:10-12; Music: Lamentation by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3965-lamentation License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Is That for Real?

Is That for Real?

2020-07-1415:36

This week, Fr. Paul conintues his discussion of functionality and the meaning of words revisiting the biblical verb bara. (Episode 126)
Certificate of Divorce?

Certificate of Divorce?

2020-07-0928:021

When children argue, they lobby their parents to choose a side. An unwise parent intervenes to solve the conflict, deciding who is right and who is wrong. This parent is unwise, because no matter how well-reasoned the discussion, the intervention teaches the child a horrible lesson: when you have a dispute with another person, instead of humbling yourself and negotiating a compromise, appeal to a higher authority. If the authority sides with you, you have the power to impose your will on your neighbor. In contrast, a wise parent intervenes only when circumstances demand action—and if they intervene—it is to hold both parties accountable. Under the care of a wise parent, nobody wins the argument. Instead, each child looks to their own mistakes and embraces their sibling in friendship. Acting like children, adults try to use the law the same way children use their parents: “If I can just get the law on my side, then I can impose my will on others.” That’s exactly why the Pharisees ask Jesus about divorce. Like a wise parent, Jesus turns the question against the accuser. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 19:1-9. Episode 336 Matthew 19:1-9; Music: Misuse by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4062-misuse License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Fr. Dustin explores how scripture frees us from the Pharoah's of our day so that we can walk The Way in obedience to the scriptural God. (Episode 1) Subscribe: https://feeds.transistor.fm/the-way
Out of the Rubble

Out of the Rubble

2020-07-0715:08

Cautioning against the preconceived meaning of words, Fr. Paul explains that our understanding of a term’s meaning must conform to that term’s usage in the text, in context. (Episode 125)
The Sword of Damocles

The Sword of Damocles

2020-07-0227:24

The meaning of Scripture is plain and straightforward. It is intricate and detailed, yes. It takes time and effort to digest, yes. It presents arguments that demand intellectual engagement, yes. But all this must never be confused with complexity. As we often say on the podcast, you do not need a seminary degree to understand the Bible. You may need help from someone who knows languages, or another who is familiar with history, only because so much time has passed since the Bible was written. But the original audience did not need the help of scholars to get the message. The average Joe heard and immediately understood. Why else would the Romans have been so terrified of St. Paul’s Gospel? Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 18:23-35. Episode 335 Matthew 18:23-35; Music: Miami Viceroy by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4046-miami-viceroy License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Reshith

Reshith

2020-06-3016:14

Walking us through the author’s use of the Hebrew word reshith in Genesis, Fr. Paul exposes the deficiency of biblical translations. (Episode 124)
On the Hook

On the Hook

2020-06-2516:31

People love rules for two reasons. First, they want clear guidelines on what they need to do to be in good standing, and therefore, off the hook. Second, as rule followers, they want a high perch from which to look down and criticize others who, by their measure, do not follow the rules. In Matthew, Jesus teaches that God provides his rules in the Torah because of the hardness of men's hearts. Such laws are not the measure of success, but a minimum requirement from a God who demands perfection of his followers. So Peter—please—do not quote Leviticus to get yourself off the hook for your duty to the Gentiles. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 18:21-22. Episode 334 Matthew 18:21-22; Music: Bama Country by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3417-bama-country License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
In today’s program, Fr. Paul demonstrates the importance of submitting to the order of the Hebrew canon in lieu of historicization. (Episode 123)
If Your Brother Sins

If Your Brother Sins

2020-06-1832:05

When Jesus said to Peter, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,” it is usually misunderstood as the gift of personal power, as though Peter is himself invested with divine authority. (Matthew 16:19) This is an incorrect reading. The keys entrusted to Peter are the words handed down to the church in the content of Paul’s gospel—the teaching Peter betrayed in Galatians. These keys do not belong to Peter. They are entrusted to him and to the other disciples to preach, teach, and discern the path of righteousness for the Lord’s flock. Neither the keys nor the flock belongs to Peter. It is the teaching itself, not Peter, that bears God’s authority, holding sway over all of the disciples for the sake of the weaker brother. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 18:15-19. This week’s episode was presented live at the 2020 Symposium of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies, in honor of the Jubilee year if Fr. Paul Tarazi’s teaching ministry. Episode 333 Matthew 18:15-19; Music: Achaidh Cheide by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3338-achaidh-cheide License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Asah and Bara

Asah and Bara

2020-06-1620:48

This week, Fr. Paul explains how the biblical author uses the Hebrew terms Asah and Bara to establish the finality of God’s work. (Episode 122)
The Boot of Caesar

The Boot of Caesar

2020-06-1121:201

When you see George Floyd under the boot of Caesar, you must hear the words of Scripture: “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?” (Galatians 3:1) All of you were, “standing at a distance, seeing these things.” (Luke 23:49) Do you not know that, “God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong”? ( 1 Corinthians 1:27) Have you not heard, that “If you cause the weaker brother harm, “it would be better for [you] to have a heavy millstone hung around [your] neck, and to be drowned in the of the sea”? (Matthew 18:6) This week’s show is dedicated to the eternal memory of George Floyd. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 18:12-14. Episode 332 Matthew 18:12-14; Music: Heartbreaking by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3863-heartbreaking License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Ingenious, Indeed

Ingenious, Indeed

2020-06-0918:03

This week, Fr. Paul revisits the biblical author’s use of toledot, noting that Genesis 1:1 and 2:4 form a diptych, the first part as the title for the entirety of scripture and the second as the first section of the Bible dealing with the whole of creation. (Episode 121)
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Comments (3)

Daniel Stout

i thought the eye of the needle was a small opening in the Mediterranean Sea that was plagued with huge waves making it incredibly difficult for ships to navigate. must be the mandela effect lol

Aug 7th
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Daniel Stout

I'm really glad i found your podcast...I was searching for a deeper Christian podcast...anyways, keep up the good work...One question..Why do you (and many other pastors) refer to yourself as "father" when our commander in chief "Jesus Christ" plainly states in the Gospels, not to refer to any man as father for you only have 1 father, He who is in Heavan? A Catholic priest once told me that there were many different words for father back then...This answer is not sufficient for me or sufficient enough to risk going against Gospel...Just curious

Jul 19th
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Gary Sarkessian

the resurrection of Jesus is escatalogical, right?

Feb 21st
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