Gail Ramshaw has written widely on liturgical language. Her book Treasures Old and New discusses images in the lectionary readings.
The new English translation of the Roman Catholic Order of Mass, mandated by the Vatican to be inaugurated this Advent, wounds not only many of my Catholic friends but also me.
What is manna? Is it a Hebrew pun on mah hu, or as Everett Fox suggests, “Whaddayacallit”? Is it mountains of sweet insect excrement, as proposed by some scholars, or the stuff of legend?
For decades, my students have failed to grasp the resurrection of the body as an article of faith.
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