One of the main theses of Felix Circlot’s Apostolic Succession: Is It True? is that, even in the New Testament, the threefold hierarchy of bishop-priest-deacon did exist, just under different names. Prior to the time of St. Ignatius, he argues, what we today think of as bishops…
One of the most clear ways that Deborah fulfills the role of a prophetess can be seen by just how much she embodies the God of Israel. The way Deborah’s…
When it comes to Miriam’s prophetic identity, there’s a few key details to keep in mind. When she’s first introduced as a prophetess in Exodus 15:20-21…
The idea that St. Luke the Apostle actually painted icons of our Lord and His Mother is often scoffed at in academic circles, especially given that the…
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A cool insight from Joe Heschmeyer’s book “Pope Peter” is found in Matthew 17. I’ve noted before how this chapter opens with a callback to the…
As Suan Sonna argues in his Two-Worlds Theodicy, if we expect God to create the greatest possible world, then this would necessarily be a world in which…
In Acts 8:14-17 we see people from Samaria who “had only been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus,” and after “the laying on of hands” these…
In her excellent book The Eye of the Beholder, Lydia McGrew makes an interesting argument for the reliability of the dialogue recorded in the Gospels…
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