Selections From the Prophets Week 13

A Call to Holiness: Zephaniah 3:11–20

In the Vulgate (the late fourth- and early fifth-century translation of the Bible by St. Jerome), Zephaniah 1:15–16 is translated as follows: Dies iræ, dies illa, dies tribulationis et angustiæ, dies calamitatis et miseriæ, dies tenebrarum et caliginis, dies nebulæ et turbinis, dies tubæ et clangoris super civitates munitas et super angulos excelsos. Full reading and audio »

Selections From Israel's Story Week 13

Hear and Remember: Deuteronomy 6

With this Lectio, we move back from narrative to law. In fact, the title of the book, Deuteronomy, means in Greek “Second Law.” It often gets referred to in rabbinic writings as Mishneh Torah, or the repetition of the Torah. Full reading and audio »

Genesis/Exodus Week 13

“Survival in the Wilderness”: Exodus 14:1–19:25

God solved Israel’s first wilderness problem: the lack of water. But when they encounter a second problem — the lack of food — amnesia sets in again. Instead of recalling how Moses had turned bitter water into sweet, they complain to Moses and Aaron. Full reading and audio …

Psalms Week 13

Praise the Lord: The Psalter’s “Amen”: Psalms 145, 146, 147, 148, 149

We noted in the very first installment of this Lectio on the Psalms that the final psalm, Psalm 150, ended on a note of praise and functioned as a final title to the whole Psalter. Full reading and audio »

Isaiah Week 13

The End of the Beginning: Isaiah 63:1–66:24

“It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.” I’ve been to only one opera, and although I did enjoy it, I would have liked something to signal its end, since it was quite long (it had two intermissions!). Isaiah has been a long read, 62 chapters so far. Full reading and audio »

Joshua/Judges Week 13

From Joshua and Judges to Jesus and the Kingdom of God: Matthew 1:18–25; Matthew 21:1–17; Hebrews 13:1–25

What would you say is the most relevant and easy-to-read book of the Bible? Psalms? Proverbs? The Gospel of Matthew? James? Philippians? Romans? It is no wonder that some of the most popular Biblical quotes come from these books! Full reading and audio »