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IS JESUS WITH US EVERY DAY OR IS HE IN HEAVEN?

2021-02-27T09:02:57+00:00

CAP.33. JESUS RISES AND REMAINS AMONG THE DISCIPLES (28:1-20) 2.THE FINAL INSTRUCTIONS TO THE ELEVEN APOSTLES (28:18-20)   A. The overall meaning of the message. The event of the crucifixion made it necessary for Jesus to repeat the previous programme, as we find in the last two verses (28:18-20), of which we now take an overview, going over them again later in more detail, starting from his being king (“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”), then re-launching the project of spreading the seed of the Gospel (cf. 13:23-38), through the reproduction of the disciples on [...]

IS JESUS WITH US EVERY DAY OR IS HE IN HEAVEN?2021-02-27T09:02:57+00:00

“ELI, ELI, LEMA SABACHTHANI?”. WITH THESE WORDS JESUS TURNS EVERYTHING UPSIDE DOWN (27:46-49)

2021-02-27T09:03:29+00:00

The Roman soldiers heard and kept in mind the great cry of Jesus, but it is likely that they did not understand anything of his sentence in Hebrew. Those who had a superficial knowledge of the Scriptures misunderstood “Eli” as Elijah, of whom it was said that he had to return (Mat 17:10; cf. Malachi 4:5). The most practising Jews, however, knew the Psalms by heart, also due to their habit of singing them, so in Jesus’ sentence they immediately recognized the beginning of Psalm 22, prompting them to recall it all to memory. We will try to understand something of [...]

“ELI, ELI, LEMA SABACHTHANI?”. WITH THESE WORDS JESUS TURNS EVERYTHING UPSIDE DOWN (27:46-49)2021-02-27T09:03:29+00:00

ACTS 15. THE “APOSTOLIC COUNCIL” OF JERUSALEM

2021-02-27T09:03:34+00:00

[15:1-35]. The "Apostolic Council". The two most quoted chapters of Acts are Acts 2 (birth of the church at Pentecost) and this one (supposed "deliverance" of the Church from the law of Moses). It is therefore necessary to be very careful now, both because the way of understanding this chapter 15 influences the vision of the whole New Testament, and because we will propose an often-contrasting reading to the most indorsed ones. The problem the apostles began facing was with «some men [who had] come down from Judea», who were teaching the brothers that «unless [they] are circumcised according to the custom [...]

ACTS 15. THE “APOSTOLIC COUNCIL” OF JERUSALEM2021-02-27T09:03:34+00:00

DOES MATTHEW MISREPRESENT THE PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT?

2021-02-27T09:03:39+00:00

Chap. 3.4. DOES MATTHEW MISREPRESENT THE PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT? (1:22-23) First of all, it is necessary to clarify what we mean by prophecy, because sometimes scholars know things that then they neglect to clearly expose to a wider audience. A true prophecy, in the sense that is commonly given to this word, is when an unlikely event is announced in advance, publicly and clearly, the occurrence of which can then later be checked. For example, the statement ‘in the future it will rain’ is not a prophecy, because it is expressed imprecisely and it is a probable event. It [...]

DOES MATTHEW MISREPRESENT THE PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT?2021-02-27T09:03:39+00:00

ACTS 14. CONCLUSION OF BARNABAS AND PAUL’S FIRST MISSIONARY TRIP

2021-02-27T09:03:42+00:00

At Iconium too we find the usual alliance between «the Jews who refused to believe» and the Gentiles, directed against «the brothers», that is, those Jews and those Gentiles who had believed (v. 2). But those who had previously been called «the Jews who had refused to believe» are just called «Jews» (v. 5), since it is now understood that those who refused to believe were the majority (as we have considered earlier). Luke calls the pair Paul and Barnabas «apostles» (vv. 5 and 14), but for us "the apostle Paul" is paired with "the apostle Peter", in a widely used [...]

ACTS 14. CONCLUSION OF BARNABAS AND PAUL’S FIRST MISSIONARY TRIP2021-02-27T09:03:42+00:00

NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE KINGDOM WITH THE PARABLES

2021-02-05T16:07:12+00:00

INTRODUCTION TO PART IV The common message of John and of Jesus was: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (3:2; 4:17; 10:7). So many people had shown enthusiasm for John and for Jesus, but the repentance of the ruling class had not happened, while that of the crowd had turned out to be superficial and temporary. The kingdom of God could have been inaugurated anyway, on the basis of the 120 disciples who remained until the end with Jesus (Acts 1:15), but a similar choice was made by God with the Flood, after which he promised not to [...]

NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE KINGDOM WITH THE PARABLES2021-02-05T16:07:12+00:00

THE ‘KINGDOM OF HEAVEN’ AS THE ‘FIFTH KINGDOM’ OF DANIEL

2021-02-27T09:03:54+00:00

2.THE ‘KINGDOM OF HEAVEN’ AS THE ‘FIFTH KINGDOM’ OF DANIEL For an overall summary of the book of Daniel we refer to the one presented in Summary of the OT (chap.23). Here we recall the vision of Daniel ‘of the four beasts’ and that of the ‘son of man’, to which we have already alluded (chap.2/5). In Daniel 7:17-18 it is written: “The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth. But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever”. ‘Holy’, in biblical language, means ‘belonging to God’, ‘set [...]

THE ‘KINGDOM OF HEAVEN’ AS THE ‘FIFTH KINGDOM’ OF DANIEL2021-02-27T09:03:54+00:00

GENEALOGICAL BOOK OF JOSHUA, ANOINTED SON OF DAVID, SON OF ABRAHAM (1:1)

2021-02-27T09:04:13+00:00

1.COMMON TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION   There is a great difference between what Matthew wanted to transmit with the first verse of his Gospel and what is mostly perceived today. In the NIV, dated 2011, which is our translation of reference, it is translated as follows: “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham”. With the term ‘Genealogy’ which is used in reference to the following verses 2-17, indicating the genetic origin of Jesus. While in this translation and others, in their latest edition, such as the NLT, we find ‘Jesus the Messiah’, in [...]

GENEALOGICAL BOOK OF JOSHUA, ANOINTED SON OF DAVID, SON OF ABRAHAM (1:1)2021-02-27T09:04:13+00:00

FIRST OVERVIEW OF THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

2021-02-12T17:45:07+00:00

Translator: Alessia Lanini Revised by Elsie Joy Second revision by Chris Pyle Fernando De Angelis FROM ADAM TO THE APOSTLES An overview of the whole Bible based on the text itself Volume IV The Gospel of Matthew Under the light of the Old Testament DRAFT 1 of Chapter 1 (24/10/20) PREFACE I soon realized that I could not slow down, after publishing the first three books of the series From Adam to the Apostles (Summary OT, Notes on Acts and Structure of Revelation). Those who have read the three books and have accepted their unitary vision of the Bible ask questions [...]

FIRST OVERVIEW OF THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW2021-02-12T17:45:07+00:00

JESUS’ LORDSHIP

2021-02-12T17:24:22+00:00

Chapter 7 PREPARATIONS BEFORE THE PUBLIC MINISTRY(3:13 TO 4:22) 2.THE SPIRIT LEADS JESUS TO THE DEVIL (4:1-11)   B.Is it the Devil that gives power over nations? We look deeper here at the above-mentioned offer of power that the Devil makes to Jesus, because the way of understanding it conditions our vision of God and the world, including our journey of faith: we do it by going to the parallel passage in Luke, where it is expressed more clearly. In Luke 4:5-7 it is written: “The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant [...]

JESUS’ LORDSHIP2021-02-12T17:24:22+00:00
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