The Sacred Page Podcast with Michael Barber
By Michael Barber
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Michael Barber, Ph.D., professor at John Paul the Great Catholic University, discusses the latest in Biblical studies and Theology with scholars and theologians. In addition, he speaks with those involved in the New Evangelization about how Scripture study can impact culture for Christ.
||TSP 33: Interview with Historian Andrew Jones on the History of Papal Resignations||Recently I spoke with Dr. Andrew Jones, a Church historian with Logos Bible Software, on the history of papal resignations. Jones does a fantastic job, surveying all the evidence, beginning with the early Church. He was nice enough to provide an outline,||3/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 32: Leroy Huizenga on Hildegard of Bingen, a New Doctor of the Church||Recently, Pope Benedict XVI made headlines when he added a new name to the official list of figures given the title "Doctor of the Church": St. Hildegard of Bingen. Who was she? Why did the Holy Father choose to declare her a doctor of the Church at this||1/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 31: Epiphany: Who were the Magi and what was the Christmas Star?||Who were the magi (Philosophers, Persians, Arabs, Babylonians)? What was the star that guided them (comet, constellation, or angel)? What is the significance of their gifts? What connection is there between the birth of the Messiah and the arrival of Gent||1/4/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 30: Herod and the Slaughter of the Innocents: The Rest of the Story||Today the Church remembers the slaughter of the innocents, Herod's savage massacre of all the children two years and younger in the region of Bethlehem after Jesus' birth. The story is recounted in Matthew 2. Who was Herod? How did he become king? How we||12/28/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||St Stephen: Deacon, Martyr, Theological Genius (Special TSP Podcast)||Today our focus--as it should be--is on Christmas. Tomorrow we continue to celebrate the Christmas season, but, as we do that, we celebrate the Feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr of the Church. Why is he so important that he is the follow-up to Christ||12/25/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 29: The First Christmas: The History and Theology of Jesus' Birth in Matthew and Luke||With Christmas upon us, The Sacred Page Podcast turns to look at the birth narrative of Jesus in Matthew and Luke. Are the infancy narratives hopelessly contradictory? Were they simply invented out of whole cloth? Why are there so many hymns in Luke 1-2?||12/23/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||"Widows, Miracles and Sacrifice" (Sunday Readings Podcast for 11/11/12)||This Sunday we turn to the story of the widow's mite. Notably, we read this story against the backdrop of a miracle worked by Elijah and the Epistle to the Hebrews. [Readings here] Who was Elijah? Why was he important? How do the Gospels portray Jesus as||11/9/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||"The Greatest Commandment" (Sunday Readings Podcast for 11/4/12)||This Sunday's Gospel has Jesus explain the greatest commandment. The first reading is taken from Deuteronomy and the second is from Hebrews. Find out how they all fit together. We also talk about how Jesus slightly alters the "greatest commandment" in De||11/1/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 28: Ghosts and Saints in Scripture and Catholic Teaching (Halloween / All Saints Day Podcast)||The Sacred Page Podcast is back! Due to some illness in late September, I fell way behind on a number of things. Getting this podcast up was just not possible. But now we're back. . . with our spookiest podcast ever! Halloween and All Saints Day is right||10/26/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 27: The Religious Roots of the Olympics||This week I did something a little different on The Sacred Page Podcast. Here we look at the historical and religious roots of the Olympics. The topic was discussed in a recent USA Today article. Here we expand on this, asking, What makes the Olympics so||8/4/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 26: The Heavenly Liturgy in Judaism, the New Testament and the Eucharistic Celebration||I'm currently teaching a graduate course on Liturgical Theology and so I've been doing a lot of work in the study of worship. Here I share some thoughts from the course. In the first Eucharistic Prayer of the Catholic Mass, the priest makes reference to a||7/13/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 25: Jesus as Prophet, His Prophetic Signs, and the Last Supper||In this episode I look at Jesus' role as a prophet--a much overlooked aspect of his ministry. In addition, I look at the role of "prophetic acts", other first-century Jewish figures, and, for good measure, the Last Supper. On TheSacredPage.com (here) you'||7/8/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 24: Mike Aquilina on the Early Church "Mothers"||Best-selling author and patristics expert, Mike Aquilina, comes on the show to discuss a new book he recently co-wrote with Christopher Bailey, The Mothers of the Church: The Witness of Early Christian Women (Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 2012). T||6/27/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 23: John the Baptist: In the Spirit and Power of Elijah||This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of John the Baptist. Why was he so important? Here we talk about his role in the New Testament. A full write up with all of the primary sources cited here can be found over at The Sacred Page blog here. Listen on iTu||6/22/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 22: Origen and His Influence on Christian Theology||With the big discovery of some of his lost homilies on the Psalms in the news, I decided to focus on Origen in this week's episode of The Sacred Page Podcast. Below is a .pdf containing an outline and notes of this presentation, with references to primary||6/17/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 21: What does it mean to be "saved"? What is the role of works in salvation?||"Are you saved?" Many popular Christian descriptions of "salvation" amount to little more than "fire insurance"--i.e., getting out of the fires of hell. A closer look however reveals that New Testament soteriology however is far more involved than that. H||6/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 20: Matthew Salisbury and Co. on Catholic Social Teaching||Now for something a little different. . . The recent Facebook IPO and other business headlines are the topic of this recent podcast. Here I discuss Catholic Social Teaching and Scripture with the guys from Solidarity With Salisbury. The blog belongs to Ma||6/4/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Scripture and the Trinity: The Biblical Roots of the Dogma (Podcast for Trinity Sunday 2012)||This Sunday is one of my favorite feasts of the year: Trinity Sunday. Here I go through Thomas Aquinas' exegetical arguments for the Trinity in his Summa Contra Gentiles. I'd appreciate your comments and feedback! Listen on iTunes or click the link||6/1/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jesus, the Servant, and His Sacrificial Love in John (Podcast on the Sunday Readings: 6th Sunday of Easter)||In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus tells us what true love looks like: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)." Here we look at how this part of the Last Supper discourse is related to Jesus' act of washi||5/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||'I am the vine': A look at John 15 and Eucharistic echoes (podcast on the Sunday readings)||"I am the vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5). So Jesus tells us in this Sunday's Gospel. But what does it mean? In this podcast, we take a careful look carefully at the imagery. In particular, I discuss some of the Eucharistic echoes scholars||5/4/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||TSP 19: John Bergsma on the Bible in Catholic Theology||John Bergsma and I discuss the role of the Bible in Catholic Theology, highlighting a new document from the International Theological Commission. Listen on iTunes or click the link below. Look for more information on this podcast over at the corresponding||4/21/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Historical Questions About the Resurrection (Special TSP Podcast for Easter)||Happy Easter! This post examines some of the historical issues revolving around the resurrection narratives. Listen on iTunes or click the link below. Look for more information on this podcast over at the corresponding post at TheSacredPage.com ||4/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||"He descended into hell" (Special TSP Holy Saturday Podcast)||One of the most obscure phrases in the Creed is the line that speaks about Jesus' "descent into hell." This podcast explores this line as we look at the meaning of the Mystery of Holy Saturday. Listen on iTunes or click the link below. Look for more info||4/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Crucifixion: History, Archaeology, and Why Jesus Died This Way (Good Friday Podcast)||In this special Good Friday podcast I look at Jesus' death, discussing ways historical sources and archaeological discoveries shed light on crucifixion in the ancient world. I then turn to ask: Why did Jesus die this way, drawing from Thomas Aquinas who||4/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brant Pitre on the Date of the Last Supper (Special TSP Holy Thursday Podcast)||In this podcast I talk with Brant Pitre about the Last Supper. Specifically, we look at the chronology of Holy Week. In particular, Brant discusses an issue he has long labored over: the question of the date of the Last Supper. As many know, there appear||4/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
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Once again, the Catholic faith community, comes to the party a ltitle late, but great nevertheless!.......thus the title: finally! it's about time!
Informed, positive, stimulating.
Michael Barber's podcast The Sacred Page is informed, positive and stimulating. Approaches the Bible from a Catholic but also generous perspective.
Bible Scholarship from a Catholic Perspective
This is an intellectually stimulating and spiritually rewarding podcast for those who want to learn more about the bible through a Catholic lens. These podcasts contain real biblical scholarship and will help many feed their starving souls. Perfect for Catholics like me who now have an insatiable desire to learn more about the 2000 years of Catholic teaching that I somehow missed in my 12 years of Catholic grade school and high school growing up in the 60's and 70's. Thank you Dr. Barber for helping to lead the "New Evangelization."