In Time and Out of Time
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
1w ago
This week, Fr. Paul refers to the Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy, noting a disciple’s duty to take every single opportunity at every moment to channel the content of Scripture at every turn, in time and out of time, using every chance afforded to share what you received, not from the teacher, but directly from the text. In this vein, Fr. Paul reiterates a point from his most recent presentation in Lebanon, noting the lexicographical significance of the word Qur’an for Christians, which is functional with the Hebrew triliteral *qof-resh-alef.* (Episode 314) ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ..read more
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Scripture is its Own Interpreter
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
1w ago
“Scripture,” Fr. Paul wrote years ago, “is its own interpreter.” “The sermon,” he continued,“…is at best an invitation to hear and obey the text.” “An invitation card has no value whatsoever when it comes to the dinner itself; the guests are fed by the dinner, not by the invitation or its phrasing (Luke 14:16-24; Matthew 22:1-14).” This study of the Gospel of Luke began with a command that the priest (which has nothing to do with the institutional priesthood in any of our churches, let alone historical Judaism) become silent.  I have heard Fr. Paul teach this for as long as I can remember ..read more
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Uncle Saleḥ
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
2w ago
In view of current events, I am convinced that people who continue to insist upon the language of post-modernism are guilty of murder.  A bullet is not a narrative. A cylindrical projectile launched from a chamber through the rapid expansion of gas induced by combustion is a fact. Just ask a nursing mother. She will tell you.  A bullet is not a narrative.  It is a sin. ḥet-ṭet-aleph It can be tallied—unless you work for the Washington Post. In that case, it can be explained, “ad excusandas excusationes in peccatis” “to make excuses for excuses in sins.” Your brother is ..read more
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I Reject Your Gods
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
3w ago
With all the silly memes floating around the internet about how to “live” your best life or how to live a “good” life, it was inevitable that people would talk about using Scripture to “live a good” life. It’s an old lie, actually, and it was unavoidable that it would reappear.  Oh, come on, Fr. Marc. You know what they mean. Unfortunately, no. I do not. I do not speak Plato. I do not know what they “mean.”   I do, however, study what is written.  If you are studying, hearing, listening, or otherwise memorizing Scripture in order to “live” a “good” life, you are on the wron ..read more
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Practical Examples
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
1M ago
For years, Fr. Paul has stressed that the only way to teach Scripture is by giving practical examples. Scripture is practical knowledge. From an early age, he explains, children can hear the text only if you relay its content with common sense examples, unlike complex theological theories that confuse children and betray the text, deactivating its functions. (Episode 311) ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ..read more
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Respect
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
1M ago
A prophet gathered people to do difficult, painful, and dangerous work, which was to be carried out according to specific instructions. He said, “I am going to do this work, no matter what the cost, no matter how long it takes, according to the instructions given to me.”  When his tribe heard the instructions, they said, “That’s your choice; we want nothing to do with you.”  When his friends heard it, they agreed that it was a good idea but counseled him, “If you do it as instructed, you will end up alone.”  Several years passed, and the prophet did as he was instructed. It was ..read more
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The Hebrew Names
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
1M ago
This week, Fr. Paul moves from his discussion of Leviticus to the book of Numbers, but not before a brief excursus to unpack the original Hebrew names of the books of the Law, which stress “speaking aloud” and “spoken words,”  reflecting the content of the books themselves. (Episode 310)  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ..read more
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We, the Dummies
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
1M ago
Speak, be silent, have your discourse, hold your discourse, mansplain, or be ever so polite and attentive. Gossip, hold your tongue, roll it around seven times seventy, or run it.  Psychoanalyze your neighbor or choose wisely not to judge others.  Who cares?  Rehear Ecclesiastes: You are nothing new under the sun. You are not a judge, the judge, or anyone’s judge.  Look down on yourself as hard as you can while you still can. No one cares if you are impressed or disgusted. Your compliments are a pat on your own back. Your critique means nothing. Your praise is empty. Your a ..read more
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Give the Land a Break
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
1M ago
This week, Fr. Paul explains that God learned his lesson in Leviticus, where the land is not cursed, as it was in Genesis, but granted rest to enjoy its sabbaths—a rest it does not have when men dwell up on it. (Episode 309)  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ..read more
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I Have No Value
The Bible as Literature
by The Ephesus School
1M ago
Ah, the occidental trap. The neurosis. The spiral of death. Dante’s hell. An eternal maze of nonsensical self-preoccupation. “What is my value?” Which boils down to, well, “nothing.”  Then you “build” a philosophy department and “create” an entire field of study to “examine,” well, “nothing.” You even give it a fancy Latin name so that none of you look useless when interacting with engineers and medical doctors. You know, people who actually do “something.”  You call it “nihilism.”  Wow, cool. “Deep.”  That’s “my value,” you exclaim. I can label stuff that no one cares abou ..read more
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