St Anthony of the Desert

Orthodox Christian Mission

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Fr Gabriel

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Sep02

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.

Jun26

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.

Mar24

Notes on The Way of a Pilgrim

Written in the first person by an anonymous Russian with few possessions or needs, this book became a classic text in Russia in the 19th century. It did not appear in English until 1930, in the edition translated by R. M. French, sponsored by the Episcopal Book Club, with forward by Bishop Walter Frere, founder of the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, England, and Bishop of Truro prior to his death in 1938.

Jan30

Why study the Old Testament?

The simple and short answer to the title question is: We study the Old Testament because we cannot understand the New Testament without it. In fact, we will make a lot of mistakes in understanding the New Testament and particularly the central figure of Jesus without understanding the culture, religion, and milieu of the people of Israel through his time and beyond.