The Beginning of Months

Most of us are aware of the fact that we mark the years of our life by the birth of Jesus. This is most obvious by the designation “A.D.” as in, “this is the year 2017 A.D.”. The initials “A.D.” are an abbreviation of the Latin phrase Anno Domini which means “in the year of…

Concerning Translation

There are a number of great literary works that are primarily accessed through translations. For example, if the translations were nonexistent and you wanted to read Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, you would need to know Greek. If you wanted to read Virgil’s Aeneid, you would need to know Latin. Greek and Latin are the two…

Dante’s “Inferno”

Dante’s Commedia is an imaginary guided tour of the afterlife from a Catholic perspective. The first volume, Inferno, takes the reader through hell. The second volume, Purgatorio, takes us through Purgatory. And Paradisio, the third volume, takes us to heaven. Dante sees all three and comes back to write about it. Dante’s guide through two-thirds…

Loving God with Our Mind

Dante’s Comedy is a three-part epic poem. Much could be said about the structure of the entire work—the Inferno, Purgaturio, and Paradisio—but space will not allow any comments here. In the first part, the Inferno, Dante is guided through the nine circles of Hell. His guide is his master in epic poetry, Virgil, the author of…

The Begats

I must admit that the genealogies in the Bible can be a challenge to reading the whole Bible through in one year’s time. It would not surprise me to learn that some either skip them or quit their New Year’s Resolution for 2017. Philip Rosenbaum dedicates two whole chapters to “The Begats” in his book…