Behind the Bible

A closer look at the history, context and characters in Scripture

What went on in Antioch?

Can an apostle correct another apostle? This apparently happened in Antioch when St. Paul had some strong words to say to St. Peter in Galatians 2:11-17. Non-Catholics often quote this passage as a proof for papal fallibility, claiming that St. Paul upbraided St. Peter for teaching error. This episode, they argue, is a sure sign…

The Eucharist and Leviticus

One of the most scandalous discourses Jesus ever gave was his “bread of life” discourse in the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. Because Catholics are so thoroughly familiar with the idea of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, we sometimes fail to appreciate just how scandalous his words about eating flesh to drinking blood must…

Decoding Revelation’s seven letters

Gary Michuta

While conducting a Bible study on Revelation, I mentioned that next week we will be looking at its seven letters. “Seven letters?” someone asked. “I thought this study was on Revelation!” As confusing as it might sound, the book of Revelation contains seven letters that Jesus commanded John to write to seven churches in Asia…

The puzzle of Joseph of Arimathea

There is a mysterious figure in the Gospels who has probably escaped your notice. His name is Joseph of Arimathea. All four Gospels speak of this Joseph because he supplied the tomb for Jesus’ body. What’s interesting about Joseph is that each Gospel so briefly mentions Joseph that the description raises more questions about him…