Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bynum-death and longing toward Easter

A week from today is Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, the day when Jesus lay in the tomb. Before we get to the joyous he-is-risen of Sunday morning, we go through the time of affirming … Continue reading

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Bynum-Dante, fertility, and desire

Carolyn Walker Bynum in The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336 uses Dante (1265-1321), the Italian poet, to show where the idea of the body had gotten by the 14th century.  Dante wrote the Inferno, a guided tour … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday-Psalm 118

If the Hebrew Bible gets read in churches on Palm Sunday, it will probably be Psalm 118, which celebrates some Hebrew victory. Since the Psalm seems to come from the 2nd Temple period, the only victory would be that of … Continue reading

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Bynum-out-of-body experience

For today’s post on Carolyn Walker Bynum’s The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336, I need to mention three ideas from popular Catholic eschatology from about 1200 on. First, there was Purgatory. After you died you existed as a … Continue reading

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Bynum-from tripe chapels to Thomas Aquinas

As we approach Easter, I continue to read and react to Carolyn Walker Bynum’s The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336. Her book is not a biblical study but a study of the history of thought about a biblical … Continue reading

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Lent 5-Jeremiah 31:27-34

The Lent 5 Hebrew Bible reading includes Jeremiah 31:31-34: “Behold, the days come, says YHWH, that I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah: not like the covenant that I made with their fathers in … Continue reading

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A couple links

When I write about Jesus, I am tempted to say his teachings are unique.  We can’t really know that.  And there is no need for his words to be unique for him have authority.  His view on Messiahship may have been unique, … Continue reading

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Bynum-Resurrection and the senses

Now back to Carolyn Bynum’s discussion of the history of thought about the resurrection of the body. She moves from the years around 400 C.E. to the century before and after 1200. She skips over the intervening centuries. Apparently thought … Continue reading

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Another biblical reflection

The practice of healing people by bringing them into contact with the remains of dead saints was justified in the years around 400 C.E. with the text in 2 Kings 13:20-21. The whole business of relics seems superstitious and unsupportable … Continue reading

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A biblical reflection on yesterday’s post

 What I read in Bynum about asceticism and relics in Christian thought in the times of Origen and Augustine touched on a concern of mine. They drew on the Bible to justify these practices. As to asceticism, the main passage … Continue reading

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