Author Archive | Melanie Bettinelli

death watch

Pope John Paul II lies dying on this the Friday within the Octave of Easter. What a non-Catholic might not know is that Easter is technically not one day, Easter Sunday, it is eight days. This is reflected in the Divine Office, for eight days we pray the exact same psalms in Morning and Evening […]

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Good Friday

My Lord, on the cross you make all things new.  But I look at the world and see it full of human cruelty, of wickedness, of misery and suffering. Our Jewish brothers cry: how can you look at this world and think that it has been redeemed? It takes amazing faith to see the cruelty […]

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song of songs research

book reviewed in Catholic Bible Quarterly: TREMPER LONGMAN III, Song of Songs (NICOT; Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2001). Pp. xvi + 238. $35 The reviewer, Athalya Brenner, said the book treats the text as literary unity, not an anthology, with one man and one woman. says is sensitive to Hebrew. The reviewer then excoriates the book […]

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more on Songs

This article is a history of interpretation of song of songs. The author seems to see the various interpretations as necessarily at odds with one another, as if only one can be true at a time. So he doesn’t see that in the Catholic tradition the bride can represent Israel, the Church, the blessed Virgin, […]

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The cross is the wedding bed where the bridegroom, Christ, consumates his union with his bride, the Church who springs from his side as Eve did from Adam’s. The water and blood that poured from his wound—as water and blood pour forth from the womb at birth—signify the new birth of the Church, which is […]

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Song of Songs

Trying to find guides to the literal level of the Song of Songs… so many commentators jump to the higher levels of meaning, skipping this crucial first level of meaning. I understand that it can be read as God’s love for Israel, Christ’s love for the Church, the soul’s quest for mystical union. But understanding […]

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