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More on the kingdom …

In addition to “kingdom of God” you will also found the phrase “kingdom of Heaven.” This phrase occurs nowhere in the Bible except in Matthew’s Gospel. It is a reverent Jewish way of avoiding saying “God” too often. So “kingdom of heaven” does not tell us WHERE the kingdom is.
Fr. Pat


In search of clarity

Finding this book, “ Jesus: A Gospel Portrait,” rich with insight. The context of Jesus’ world (Chapter 2) is quite helpful – especially the nationalist feelings after the Maccabean revolt. And I now understand and respect the role of Pharisees in preserving Jewish religious life.

However, I’ve always had trouble understanding the concept of “the kingdom of God.” This book addresses it in several ways, starting in Chapter 3, but clarity still escapes me. For the moment, at least …