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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 74 years and a priest for over 63 years. His seasoned spirituality is the fruit of more than 60 years of making and giving the Spiritual Exercises in all of its formats to priests, religious and laity. It is presented not in the jargon of academia but in a language that everyone can understand. He is neither “old breed” nor “new breed,” he is just “half breed.” Having studied both the old theology and the new theology he is convinced that the continuity is so great that you cannot understand the new until you have mastered the old.

This week's featured reading is from Fr. Rodney's booklet, The Bible The Word of God; Chapter1 - The Bible

The Bible has been on the best seller list since Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 15th century. It contains some of the world’s greatest literature, is one of the best text books on human nature, and gives us an overview of the history of civilization. But most important of all it is the Word of God. It is the written record of how God revealed Himself to us gradually and progressively, according to our capacity and need. Beginning with Abraham, our father in faith, it culminates in the final and definitive revelation of Jesus Christ. “In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He spoke to us through His Son.” (Heb.1:1)

The word Bible comes from the Greek ‘biblia’ meaning books. The Bible is a collection of books. Books which contain sacred writings (scripture) about God’s dealings with His people, written by different authors, in different places, over a period of some 1,000 years, from about 600 BC to 100 AD. The Bible is divided into two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Testament means covenant or agreement.

The Old Testament is the story of God’s promise to Israel. It contains 46 books in the Catholic Bible and 39 books in the Protestant Bible. The difference is not just a Christian problem. The difference is about the Hebrew Scripture. In the early days of Christianity the Hebrew canon (list of books) was unsettled. A final and definitive decision about the canon of the Hebrew Scripture did not come until the second or third century after Christ.

In the few centuries before Christ, the Jews were divided into two groups. One group was living in Palestine and speaking Hebrew, the other group was scattered throughout the empire and speaking Greek. Around 200 BC a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scripture appeared in Alexandria. It was called the Septuagint because of the legend that 72 scholars, six each from the 12 tribes of Israel translated it. It became the Bible of the Greek speaking Jews. It was also adopted and used by the early Christians. The New Testament which was written in Greek contains some 300 quotations from the Septuagint. The Septuagint contains seven books and parts of two other books that are not contained in the Hebrew Bible. The Jews finally canonized the shorter, Palestinian canon in the late second or early third century after Christ. In the 16th century the Reformers accepted this shorter version rather than the Septuagint version.

Today the dispute about these differences has all but dissipated. Protestants have returned to the practice of publishing the disputed books in a separate part of their Bible, as did Martin Luther in his translation of the Bible in 1534 as being books which “are not held equal to the Sacred Scriptures and yet are useful and good for reading.”

In the New Testament all Christians agree on the canon of the Christian Scriptures. In the New Testament there are 27 books, written in common Greek, from about 51 AD to 105 AD. The books contain the Good News of the fulfillment of God’s promise. The first four books are the Gospels. These are followed by the Acts of the Apostles, 13 Epistles (letters) of Paul, 8 other Epistles, and finally the Book of Revelation. When the word Scripture is mentioned in the New Testament is means the Hebrew Scripture. The Pontifical Biblical Commission states that there are three stages in the development of the Gospels. First, there is Jesus’ own words and actions. Secondly, the apostles preaching of these words and actions adapted to their hearers and finally, the Evangelists’ actual accounts. CLICK HERE for the entire chapter.

 

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God's Sense of Humor and Sixty Other Homilies is a collection of homilies that have been delivered by Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. over the years to address many of the issues faced by Christians in contemporary society. This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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Fr. Rodney has spent most of his priestly life giving the Spiritual Exercises, as a preached retreat, a guided retreat, the personally directed retreat, the 19th annotation retreat and the email retreat. The Joy of the Spiritual Exercises is the fruit of these retreats condensed into a single EBook. As Fr. Rodney states, "Pope Francis exhorts us to proclaim “The Joy of the Gospel.” The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is a proclamation of the joy of the Gospel." This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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A compilation of many of his booklets in a single document named Divine Simplicity. This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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