The Fathers on Psalm 51

This post is part of an ongoing series offering translations of various early Church father’s commentaries on the Psalms. Psalm 51 Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions. Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me. For I know myContinue reading “The Fathers on Psalm 51”

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The Fathers on Psalm 46

This post is part of an ongoing series offering translations of various early Church father’s commentaries on the Psalms. Psalm 46 Streams of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High. God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken; God will help it at break of day.Continue reading “The Fathers on Psalm 46”

The Fathers on Psalm 45

This post is part of an ongoing series offering translations of various early Church father’s commentaries on the Psalms. Psalm 45 My heart is stirred by a noble theme, as I sing my ode to the king. My tongue is the pen of a nimble scribe. You are the most handsome of men; fair speechContinue reading “The Fathers on Psalm 45”

The Fathers on Psalm 42

This post is part of an ongoing series offering translations of various early Church father’s commentaries on the Psalms. Psalm 42 As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I enter and see the face of God?Continue reading “The Fathers on Psalm 42”

The Fathers on Psalm 39

This post is part of an ongoing series offering translations of various early Church father’s commentaries on the Psalms. Psalm 39 And now, LORD, for what do I wait? You are my only hope. From all my sins deliver me; let me not be the taunt of fools. I am silent and do not openContinue reading “The Fathers on Psalm 39”

The Fathers on Psalm 27

This post is part of an ongoing series offering translations of various early Church father’s commentaries on the Psalms. Psalm 27 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, These my enemiesContinue reading “The Fathers on Psalm 27”

The Fathers on Psalm 22

This post is part of an ongoing series offering translations of various early Church father’s commentaries on the Psalms. Psalm 22 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why so far from my call for help, from my cries of anguish? My God, I call by day, but you do not answer; byContinue reading “The Fathers on Psalm 22”

Book Review: How We Got the New Testament (Porter)

The question “How did we get the New Testament?” continues to underlie many contemporary theological issues, for rarely do we discuss the social concerns of our day without recourse to the words of Jesus, the Biblical narrative, or history of Christianity. Understanding the history of the New Testament, then, may not only demonstrate the integrityContinue reading “Book Review: How We Got the New Testament (Porter)”

Looking Ahead to Fall 2015

Greetings dear readers! After a busy and exciting summer, I’m looking forward to another informative (and similarly busy) fall term here in Saint Louis. As promised a couple of weeks ago, this post is intended to a) share what went on with me this summer and b) look ahead to what’s going on this fall.Continue reading “Looking Ahead to Fall 2015”

The Importance of Syriac Christianity

Diversity is fascinating. The world is a big (big) place, full of all sorts of people, places, and ideas. And while certain schools of thought have elevated “diversity” to a buzzword demanding de-institutionalization and the destruction of truth claims, the term does not have to be used in such disproportionate ways. In the historic ChristianContinue reading “The Importance of Syriac Christianity”