Episode 3

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9th Jan 2021

CFL 3: How should we use the Litteral Sense?

Catholic Foundation Library #3

In Matthew 20:29 and following, and Luke 18:35 and following, we read of the healing of the blind man. Trouble is that  Matthew tells us that Jesus was entering Jericho and Luke tells us that the Lord was leaving Jericho.  It can't be both. Is there a contradiction in Scripture? Obviously, we can't take Scripture word-for-word here, so how are we to understand what actually took place? Learn how to apply the literal sense properly.

In the second chapter of Mark, we meet Jesus and the disciples walking through a field of wheat. The disciples start plucking the wheat and eating the grain. The Pharisees ask Jesus why he lets his disciples do this on the Sabbath when, according to them, plucking wheat is considered work and thus, unlawful.

Jesus asks them if they heard how David went to the high priest, Abiathar, and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat.

What's so strange in this passage is that, if you read 1 Samuel 21:2 and following, you find out that it was not Abiathar, the high priest, but his father Ahimelech.

It sounds like Jesus got it wrong or Mark got it wrong. There are theologians who would say that this is a mistake but it is a small mistake so it does not matter.

I beg to differ.

Scripture is inerrant -- no errors. We need to properly read it.

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Catholic Foundation Library
An in-depth study of the Bible -- the Catholic Way from Qorbono
Qorbono is a Syriac word that points to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, the Mass, and the Eucharist.

Qorbono offers in-depth bible studies meant to help you make sense of the Scriptures according to the mind of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Foundation Library is an essential study of Scripture to help you understand God's overarching plan. It covers essential elements required to better understand the Gospels and the words of Jesus: How should we read the Scripture? What is a covenant and why is it important? How should we understand numbers like 666? The Bible is filled with symbolic figures such as horses, lions, and trumpets. What do they mean? These are a few of the important topics this Library covers.

Do you have a good handle on Scripture? Can you explain in a few words what the purpose of Scripture is according to the Catholic Church? Is your life biblical? Are you at peace, knowing that God is truly in control? Learn how the books of Scripture form a beautiful mosaic that is at once ancient and new.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.