Notes for Encountering

“Mozes en de tafelen der wet,” Rembrandt, 1659.

18 Now when all the people perceived the thunder and the lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled; and they stood afar off, 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will hear; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that the fear of him may be before your eyes, that you may not sin.” 21 And the people stood afar off, while Moses drew near…


Shared Meals and the Eucharist

Antoni Estruch I Bros, “Sant Sopar” ~ Museu d’Art de Sabadell, c. 1901–1904

A Cultic Restoration

Brant Pitre has written

“[When] the Last Supper and Jesus’ related words and deeds are situated within the triple contexts of ancient Judaism, his public life and ministry, and the rise of the early church, they strongly suggest that Jesus saw himself as the new Moses who would inaugurate the long-awaited new exodus, set in motion by a new Passover, bring back the miracle of the manna from heaven, and gather the twelve tribes of Israel into the heavenly and eschatological kingdom of God — all by means of his sacrificial death and the prophetic sign of his death that…


Emancipatory Binding and Communitarian Praxis

Michael J. Gorman’s wonderful “theological introduction to Paul and his letters,” Apostle of the Crucified Lord (AOTCL) moves forward in its interpretive praxis through a (primarily) participationist hermeneutic. [1] Gorman (and this is not unique to his scholarship) correctly distinguishes between the Gospel ens a se on the one hand and the benefits of the Gospel on the other.

Gorman writes,

“[We] must always remember that the good news for us is that we can now participate in the grand story of God; ‘personal’ benefit and experience…must be placed in the larger context of God’s salvific activity. …


Catholic Practices in Desolate Times

I know three people who have passed away from the virus. A handful of close friends, in addition, have tested positive. The historian in me is tempted to make (perhaps inappropriate) comparisons with the AIDS pandemic. As it is, AIDS has not been “resolved” yet. Indeed, HIV.gov states that

in 2018, there were 15,820 deaths among adults and adolescents with diagnosed HIV in the United States and 6 dependent areas.

While AIDS has become a chronic illness, often times (for better or for worse) compared with diabetes, scientists initially spoke about the illness with an eye towards a “cure,” rather…

Keanu Heydari

Graduate student of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Historian of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe, France, and Persia.

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