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O Antiphons Overview

The liturgical season of Advent has two parts, both of which look to the coming of the Lord. The first part of Advent, which immediately follows the feast of Christ the King and ends on December 16, looks to his second coming — the return of Jesus...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 6, 2016

The Jesse Tree

Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas tradition dating from medieval times. They are used to tell the story of the Bible from creation to the Birth of Christ. Depictions of the Tree of Jesse are based upon the prophecy of Isaiah 11:1-2:But a shoot sha...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 4, 2016

Journey in the Dark

God delights to transform lives.  There are many ways to depict this journey of transformation, but let’s focus on one example from the Old Testament.  In Psalms 130 and 131 we have a three-picture portrayal of a life transformed by God’s goodn...
by Biblical Preaching on Sep 1, 2016

Prophecies of Disaster – Sibylline Book 3.489-544

This section (489-544) begins with a long prophecy of disaster against a variety of city states and peoples including the Phoenicians, Crete, and even Gog and Magog (513), but the main enemy judged in this section is Greece (520, 534, 537).  In 544...
by Reading Acts on Aug 6, 2016

Kingdoms of the World – Sibylline Oracles Book 3.1-294

As discussed in the introduction, Collins identified the first 96 lines as an introduction, possibly a fragment from another book.  Lines 1-8 form an introduction by the Sibyl herself, explaining that she speaks as God bids her to speak. There follo...
by Reading Acts on Aug 5, 2016

Oracles against the Nations – Sibylline Oracles Book 3.295-488

This section seems to have been inserted into the third book from another source as it interrupts the flow of the apocalyptic section ending in 294. Babylon is judged first because they destroyed the temple (303-313). Babylon will be “filled with b...
by Reading Acts on Aug 5, 2016

Sibylline Oracles, Book 3

Lines 1-96 are probably a conclusion to another book. Lines 97-349, 489-829 are the “main book,” with an “Oracles against the nations” section inserted in 350-488. The main section expects God to intervene during the reign of the seventh king...
by Reading Acts on Aug 2, 2016

The Tenth Generation – Sibylline Oracles, Book 2.1-55

After a short five line introduction, we read the fate of the tenth generation. Because of the Christian interpolation, the eighth and ninth generation are lost, and perhaps the beginning of the description of the tenth. Lines 6-39 describe a number...
by Reading Acts on Jul 29, 2016

An Extract from Pseudo-Phocylides – Sibylline Oracles, Book 2.56-148

Phocylides was a sixth century B.C. poet who was, in the ancient world, well-known as an author of maxims and proverbs applicable to daily life (See P. W. Van Der Horst, “Pseudo-Phocylides” in OTP 2:565-582; ABD 5:347-348; “Pseudo-Phocylides an...
by Reading Acts on Jul 29, 2016

The Tenth Generation – Sibylline Oracles, Book 2.1-55

After a short five line introduction, we read the fate of the tenth generation. Because of the Christian interpolation, the eighth and ninth generation are lost, and perhaps the beginning of the description of the tenth. Lines 6-39 describe a number...
by Reading Acts on Jul 29, 2016

An Extract from Pseudo-Phocylides – Sibylline Oracles, Book 2.56-148

Phocylides was a sixth century B.C. poet who was, in the ancient world, well-known as an author of maxims and proverbs applicable to daily life (See P. W. Van Der Horst, “Pseudo-Phocylides” in OTP 2:565-582; ABD 5:347-348; “Pseudo-Phocylides an...
by Reading Acts on Jul 29, 2016

The Christian Interpolation – Sibylline Oracle, Book 1.324-400

The last section of the first Sibylline Oracle was inserted by a Christian. The section is a clear description of Jesus Christ, “the son of the most high, immortal God” (1.331). The goal is to add a prediction of the events of the life of Jesus i...
by Reading Acts on Jul 28, 2016

The Christian Interpolation – Sibylline Oracle, Book 1.324-400

The last section of the first Sibylline Oracle was inserted by a Christian. The section is a clear description of Jesus Christ, “the son of the most high, immortal God” (1.331). The goal is to add a prediction of the events of the life of Jesus i...
by Reading Acts on Jul 28, 2016

Seven Generations of the World – Sibylline Oracles 1.1-323

I dealt with the introductory material for the first two Sibylline Oracles in a previous post. The first 323 lines of Book One of the Sibylline Oracles are a Jewish summary of biblical history from through the “seventh generation.” This section i...
by Reading Acts on Jul 27, 2016

Seven Generations of the World – Sibylline Oracles 1.1-323

I dealt with the introductory material for the first two Sibylline Oracles in a previous post. The first 323 lines of Book One of the Sibylline Oracles are a Jewish summary of biblical history from through the “seventh generation.” This section i...
by Reading Acts on Jul 27, 2016

Egyptian Statue Confirms the Bible Was Right About Hazor

Hazor is a treasure trove of ancient buildings and artefacts. Image courtesy of האיל הניאוליתי, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0.). Joel Kontinen An Egyptian limestone statue measuring 45 X 40 centimetres sheds light on the time of J...
by Joel Kontinen on Jul 26, 2016

Dating the Sibylline Oracles, Books 8-14

Because the “books” of the Sibylline Oracles are from different periods it is necessary to briefly note the date and provenance for each. See this post for oracles 1-3, this post for oracles 4-7. Sibylline Oracles Book 8. The eighth oracle is a c...
by Reading Acts on Jul 22, 2016

Dating the Sibylline Oracles, Books 8-14

Because the “books” of the Sibylline Oracles are from different periods it is necessary to briefly note the date and provenance for each. See this post for oracles 1-3, this post for oracles 4-7. Sibylline Oracles Book 8. The eighth oracle is a c...
by Reading Acts on Jul 22, 2016

Dating the Sibylline Oracles, Books 4-7

Because the “books” of the Sibylline Oracles are from different periods it is necessary to briefly note the date and provenance for each. See this post for oracles 1-3, this post for oracles 8-14. Sibylline Oracles Book 4. Collins describes this...
by Reading Acts on Jul 21, 2016

Dating the Sibylline Oracles, Books 4-7

Because the “books” of the Sibylline Oracles are from different periods it is necessary to briefly note the date and provenance for each. See this post for oracles 1-3, this post for oracles 8-14. Sibylline Oracles Book 4. Collins describes this...
by Reading Acts on Jul 21, 2016


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