St Anthony of the Desert

Orthodox Christian Mission

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Fr Gabriel

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Covenant: An Introduction

Biblical concepts like “covenant” attempt to express a relationship with God that is, strictly speaking, a mystery. We call this move condescension when viewed, so to speak, from God’s side; from our side, it is usually called anthropomorphism, i.e. the […]


The Joy of Hebrew

Ancient Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language. The written script was derived from Phoenician around the tenth century BCE. By the time of Ezra (480-440 BCE), the written script began to look as it does today, a square form called originally ketav Ashurit, or Aramaic writing.


Ten Theses on the Gospels

1. The Centrality of the Resurrection is demonstrated by the fact that each of the gospels gives the lion’s share of its contents to the last week of Christ’s life, and focuses on the death and resurrection as the key notes. This is the kerygmatic proclamation that forms the basis around which the gospels will eventually be constructed, with the addition of parabolic and ethical teaching.


Cultural Background to the New Testament

People often read the New Testament (and the Old, as well) anachronistically, i.e. reading backward from contemporary experience and cultural values into a time frame that will not bear such a reading. Of chief importance is the framework of understanding about people themselves.