Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,900 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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Jesus Database Financial Appeal

TheĀ Jesus DatabaseĀ is a collaborative online resource for historical Jesus research and to explore new ways of celebrating the meaning of Jesus for people today. This project was started in March 2006 and draws on earlier work going back to 2001. … Continue reading

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Closure of FaithFutures Foundation

A brief note to advise that the papers have recently been filed to wind-up FaithFutures Foundation which has been registered as a not-for-profit organisation in Kansas and also as a 501c3 organisation with IRS. I want to thank all those … Continue reading

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Epiphany of the Lord Jesus (6 January 2014)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 Introduction 3 Commentary and Critical Notes 4 Jesus Database 5 Liturgies and Prayers 5.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary Year A Isaiah 60:1-6 and Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Year B Isaiah 60:1-6 and Psalm 72:1-7, … Continue reading

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Second Sunday after Christmas (5 January 2014)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 Introduction 3 Alternative First Reading: Sirach 24:1-12 4 Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 5 Gospel: John 1:1-18 6 Jesus Database 7 Liturgies and Prayers 7.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary Jeremiah 31:7-14 & Psalm 147:12-20 (or Sirach 24:1-12 & … Continue reading

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Sunday after Christmas (29 December 2013)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 Herod threatens the Christ Child 2.1 Danger for baby Sargon 2.2 Romulus and Remus 2.3 The dragon and the Christ Child 2.4 The spider and the cave 3 Jesus Database 4 Liturgies and Prayers 4.1 Music … Continue reading

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Reflections from Palestine

Reflections from Palestine: A Journey of Hope. A memoir by Samia Nasir Khoury. Nicosia, Cyprus: Rimal Publications, 2014. ISBN 978-9963-715-11-4 Samia Nasir Khoury celebrated her eightieth birthday on Sunday, 24 November 2013. This was also the final day of the … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent (22 December 2013)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 The Birth of the Messiah (Matthew’s story of Jesus’ birth) 3 The birth of Moses in ancient Jewish tradition 3.1 Egyptian Horus legend 3.2 An Akkadian legend of Sargon 3.3 Greek legend of Telephus 3.4 Pseudo-Philo, … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent (15 December 2013)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 John the Baptist in the Sayings Gospel Q 2.1 The Messianic Signs 2.2 Blessed is the one who does not take offence 3 Jesus Database 4 Liturgies and Prayers 4.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary Isaiah 35:1-10 and … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Advent (8 December 2013)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 John the Baptist 2.1 John in the Jesus Tradition 2.2 John the Baptist in the Gospel of Matthew 3 Jesus Database 4 Liturgies and Prayers 4.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary Isaiah 11:1-10 and Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans … Continue reading

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