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Did Jesus really walk on the water?

When Jesus walked on the water he wanted to stimulate faith of his disciples demonstrating that he is the Lord of natural forces. In the gospel of Matthew we read that disciples “were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear” (cf. Matthew chap. 14,…

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Feeling at home after traumatic events … (Luke chap. 16, verse 1-13 – First part)

First part: And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an…

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How to understand the Bible (Third part)

A striking example of the various levels of Bible reading is surely the story of Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 25). At a first, it is not difficult to detect the absolute and incredible ingenuity of Esau selling his birthright to his brother Jacob for the famous “pottage of lentiles” (cfr.…

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How to understand the Bible (Second part)

In many parts of the Bible – both the Old and New Testaments – it is very difficult to go back to the historical event which is the basis of the story. Indeed, the more an historical event was important for the originale readers, the more it is difficult to grasp it…

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Does Ezekiel speak about UFO? (First part)

Among the prophets of Israel, who more than others have come into contact with the mysteries of the world of God are Ezekiel and Daniel. Actually, they cannot simply be defined ‘mystics’ – a kind of today’s gurus – who lived very mysterious experiences. Ezekiel (in Hebrew yechezeqel, i.e. “God will…

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Bible and ideas about God: to live a deep relationship with God (Second part)

In the first two chapters of Genesis, there are two different accounts of creation. The first (Gen 1:1-2:4) is generally dated to the sixth century B.C. and it has been written by the Jews who were exiled to Babylon. The second account (Gen 2:4 ff.) has been written in the same era…

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Apocalyptic

An adjective used to describe a broad category of phenomena linked by a similar worldview. It is part of a constellation of terms (apocalypticism, apocalyptic eschatology) derived from the literary genre apocalypse. The genre name “apocalypse” derives from apokálypsis (“revelation” or “disclosure”), which occurs in the opening line of the…

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