The Bible as Literature

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Summary

In Romans 13, St. Paul dismantles the authority of Caesar by reframing Caesar’s value. Caesar is not important because of his station or the might of Rome. He is useful, however, because his station can be used by God to further the cause of the gospel. In other words, Caesar is God’s pawn. So when Christians are confronted by a tyrant, they must assume that they are dealing, not with the tyrant himself, but with the one who is using the tyrant. So, when faced with taxation under the boot of Caesar, in Matthew 17, Peter need only ask one question: how can I use the opportunity of this tax to further the cause of the gospel?

Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 17:24-27.

Episode 328 Matthew 17:24-27; Music: Five Armies by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3762-five-armies
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Show Notes

In Romans 13, St. Paul dismantles the authority of Caesar by reframing Caesar’s value.  Caesar is not important because of his station or the might of Rome. He is useful, however, because his station can be used by God to further the cause of the gospel. In other words, Caesar is God’s pawn.  So when Christians are confronted by a tyrant, they must assume that they are dealing, not with the tyrant himself, but with the one who is using the tyrant. So, when faced with taxation under the boot of Caesar, in Matthew 17, Peter need only ask one question: how can I use the opportunity of this tax to further the cause of the gospel? 

Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 17:24-27.

Episode 328 Matthew 17:24-27; Music: Five Armies by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3762-five-armies
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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What is The Bible as Literature?

Each week, Dr. Richard Benton, Fr. Marc Boulos and guests discuss the content of the Bible as literature. On Tuesdays, Fr. Paul Tarazi presents an in-depth analysis of the biblical text in the original languages.