Problem’s source not necessarily all that far away

“Do you hear that?” I asked my boss at St. Mary’s Church in 2006.

We both detected a faint, high-pitched noise—barely audible but highly annoying. 

One by one, I turned off my computer, my printer and my monitor—but the noise remained.

We opened my office window, thinking the sound might be coming from outisde.

Nope.

Wondering about the heating ducts, I knelt down to put my ear to the vent. 

No luck.

Where was it coming from?

Finding the source had become my mission.

We walked outside my office and asked our secretary, “Do you hear a noise?”

Stopping what she was doing, she perked up her ears—and heard it. 

In each work space we visited, the noise was detectable.  It seemed to be taunting us.

Alone, I headed to the basement, checking the boiler and the computer network, and generally scanning the area.

I couldn’t pinpoint the sound.

Back upstairs in the preschool area, I approached the teachers. They quieted the students, and everyone listened intently.

Sure enough, they all heard the noise. 

Several of us walked around the facility—without solving the mystery.

New Book–Theology, Politics, and Exegesis

theologyMy new book, Theoloy, Politics, and Exegesis, just came out. It is a sequel to my Three Skeptics and the Bible.  I just returned from the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Boston, and the new volume was there, and sold out.  It continues the work of the previous volume, examining the history of modern biblical criticism, but takes it into the eighteenth century, the Enlightenment, and also explores the tragic separation of Catholic moral theology from biblical studies.

Deconstructing the Bible Webinar Part 3


The third part of my three part webinar, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation,” is now available through the Institute of Catholic Culture. So if you missed the live webinar, you can still watch it. Once clicking on the link above, simply scroll down to “Video Streams” and check out “Video Part Three.” Enjoy! The majority of the material in this installment is coming from research I’m presently engaged in–and have been since the beginning of my sabbatical 2015-2016–for a book I’m co-authoring with Scott Hahn, which is almost completed. If you are interested, all three 2 hour webinars (6 hours in total) are now up at the Institute of Catholic Culture website above.

Deconstructing the Bible Webinar Part 2


The second part of my three part webinar, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation,” is now available through the Institute of Catholic Culture. So if you missed the live webinar, you can still watch it. Once clicking on the link above, simply scroll down to “Video Streams” and check out “Video Part Two.” Enjoy! Most of the material in this installment is coming from Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s masterful Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700, as well as from my own Three Skeptics and the Bible. A very small portion of the material is coming from research I’m presently engaged in–and have been since the beginning of my sabbatical 2015-2016–for a book I’m co-authoring with Scott Hahn, which is almost completed.

New Book on J.R.R. Tolkien

My new book on J.R.R. Tolkien just came out, entitled, Seeking the Lord of Middle Earth: Theological Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, and is available from Amazon, Wipf & Stock, etc. Here’s the official description:

“J. R. R. Tolkien, the beloved author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, brings to his work a great treasure–his Christian faith. Tolkien’s literary works are so popular in part because, in some sense, they pertain to the real world. This present volume is an attempt to understand better the deep Christian influences on his work but also to explore the relevance of Tolkien’s work for theology today. After examining Tolkien’s fiction in order better to appreciate Christian influences, this volume takes a closer look at Tolkien’s theology of fantasy, his response to the more skeptical origins of religion research, and applies his work to contemporary questions about method in biblical studies. Tolkien’s Christianity informed all he wrote. Moreover, his own theology of fantasy holds great promise for contemporary theology.”

Deconstructing the Bible Webinar Part I


The first part of my three part webinar, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation,” is now available through the Institute of Catholic Culture. So if you missed the live webinar, you can still watch it. Once clicking on the link above, simply scroll down to “Video Streams” and check out “Video Part One.” Enjoy! Much of the material is coming from Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s important volume, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700, so if you haven’t read that book, I highly recommend it.  Some of the material, especially for the next session, will be taken from my Three Skeptics and the Bible.  The rest of the material is coming from research I’m presently engaged in–and have been since the beginning of my sabbatical 2015-2016–for a book I’m co-authoring with Scott Hahn, which is almost completed. The next live webinar installment will be Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 7:30-9:30pm EST. Hope to “see” you there!

Dr. Morrow’s 3 Part Webinar on the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation

Over the next few weeks I will be giving a three part webinar with the Institute of Catholic Culture dealing with the history of the crisis in modern biblical interpretation. The three part webinar is entitled, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation.” You can sign up for the live webinar here. The webinar will be live from 7:30-9:30pm EST on the following Tuesdays: June 6, June 13, and June 20. Hope to “see” you there. We will not be focusing on my Three Skeptics and the Bible, however some of the material there is bound to come up as well. The description from the Institute of Catholic Culture reads:

“In our contemporary society, people often approach the Bible with suspicion. In these presentations, Dr. Morrow explores the philosophical, theological, and political roots of the long history that led to the present circumstances, showing that rather than distrusting the Bible, we should instead be suspicious of the skeptics.”

My New book on the Resurrection

Just in time for Easter, the Principium Institute has published my book on the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, entitled, Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence. It is available in both paperback as well as in Kindle. In this volume, I walk through the historical evidence that Jesus in fact rose from the dead. Much of this evidence was instrumental in my own conversion, but I update the volume in light of my more recent research since my conversion. The volume is intended for a popular audience, but it contains endnotes and bibliography for the interested scholar.

Here’s what others have to say:

Scott Hahn wrote:

“Dr. Jeffrey Morrow is a brilliant theologian whose work on the Resurrection provides abundant historical evidence for this greatest of biblical miracles. Highly recommended.”

Brant Pitre, the author of The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ, wrote:

“As a convert to Christianity from Judaism, Jeffrey Morrow brings a unique perspective to the quest for Jesus. Even more, he leaves no stone unturned in the debate over what happened to Jesus’ body on the first Easter morning. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, if you’re looking for a clear, concise, and compelling case for the Resurrection, then this is the book for you.”

Morrow’s Response to Thompson

Cover Three Skeptics and the BibleWell, for those of you interested in the debate about biblical scholarship and bias, as in Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s famous lecture from before becoming pope, “Biblical Interpretation in Crisis,” or in my book, Three Skeptics and the Bible, my formal response to Thomas L. Thompson was just published. Inspired by Benedict XVI’s work, I had written a article entitled, “On Biblical Scholarship and Bias.” The important Old Testament scholar, Thomas L. Thompson, a leader of the so-called Copenhagen Minimalist School of Biblical Scholarship, wrote a scathing response, which he entitled, “On Myths and Their Contexts: An Issue of Contemporary Theology? A Response to Jeffrey Morrow.” The editors of the magazine were kind enough to publish my response to Thompson, entitled, “Explaining Bias and the History of Modern Biblical Scholarship: A Response to Thomas L. Thompson.” For more on this history, see Three Skeptics and the Bible, or, better yet, check out Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700.

 

 

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