Old Testament

From 'Paradise' by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1530)
The advice of a celebrated fashion designer may not have been directly derived from the Hebrew Bible, but it certainly has strong echoes therein. If you want to know if, and what, God thinks about what you wear, Karen Eliasen suggests you consider how warriors, ‘capable wives’ and even God are clothed in scripture. Is there a dress code in the Bible? There is a dress code specification in the ‘Handbook of Useful Information for St Beuno’s Directors and Visiting Directors’ that runs like...
Polling station at church
Next month, British voters will make another trip to the polling station to cast their ballots in a General Election. Deciding who deserves your vote is never an easy matter and many people are finding it more difficult than ever to decide which party’s path leads towards the common good, Nicholas King SJ included. He explains why a new book might be the perfect tool to help ‘people of goodwill’ decide how to cast their vote. So they have called another election, and the reaction of...
'Crossing of the Red Sea' by Cosimo Rosselli
God’s power over life and death is manifested in the paschal mystery that we prepare during Lent to celebrate, and it was the Lord of life and death whom Israel came to know intimately in the wilderness, says Karen Eliasen. The exodus story revealed to Israel then, as it does to us now on our Lenten journey, that ‘being in the wilderness is being on an exquisitely sharp edge between life and death.’ Song of Songs may not seem an obvious biblical book to dip into for Lent - but the question...
Words of Isaiah 9
‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’: this grand and evocative list from the book of Isaiah is read to us at Midnight Mass on Christmas Day each year.  Thinking Faith’s Advent series will consider how each of these titles can kindle our imaginations as we prepare to celebrate the gift of the Incarnation. Karen Eliasen sets the scene by exploring the significance of this ‘remarkable list of names’ as it appears in Isaiah 9:6....
From 'Josiah - Jechoniah - Shealtiel' by Michelangelo
If you’ve ever wondered about the inclusion of Jechoniah in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, you are in good company: none other than Sherlock Holmes has posed the very same question.  In our Advent exploration of Jesus’s ancestry, alongside Pray as you go, Karen Eliasen ventures some answers. ‘Jechoniah’s inclusion in Jesus’s genealogy reminds us of God’s hand at work, even in the depth of unimaginable national disaster, to restore his anointed king and kingdom.’The question ‘Why is...
Our Advent journey through the genealogy of Jesus continues with a focus on David and Solomon.  It is after the inclusion of David that the genealogies given by Matthew and Luke take different paths.  Jim Crampsey SJ imagines a Jesus familiar only with the genealogy in Luke’s Gospel being confronted in an episode of the television show Who Do You Think You Are? with the possibility that his ancestry might not be as it seems… What you need to knowThis article works with two sets...
'Salmon - Boaz - Obed' by Michelangelo
Only five women are mentioned by St Matthew in his genealogy of Jesus, which we are exploring this Advent alongside Pray as you go. Two of the five are Rahab and Ruth, the mother and wife, respectively, of Boaz; and their inclusion reveals some startling truths about faith. David M. Neuhaus SJ asks what we can learn from these women, and from the context in which their stories are told, as we continue to pose the question, Jesus: Who Do You Think You Are?The Gospel of Saint Matthew begins with...