Dr. Jeffrey Morrow: Genesis Part I

A Systematic and Inspirational Study of Genesis 1-11. This is the first in a series of presentations on the book of Genesis. These events are organized by Ite Missa Est, the adult faith formation ministry of Immaculate Conception Church, Dayton, Ohio. Presented By Dr. Jeff Morrow and Fr. Satish Joseph.

4 thoughts on “Dr. Jeffrey Morrow: Genesis Part I”

  1. My son, raised Catholic since age six, when his mother and I converted and joined the church, and he was baptized, has since become a Messianic Jew. A young man in college convinced him to convert, as he posed Biblical questions that my son could not defend. Do you have any books or pamphlets that I could give to my son to show that the Catholic faith is the true faith that Christ intended. Also, he does not say Christ or Jesus, but instead insists on Yeshua. Also, he has adopted many Jewish traditions, but does not celebrate neither Christmas or Easter. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Anthony Jury

    1. Anthony, first of all I would recommend prayer, prayer, and then some more prayer. Don’t give up, and always continue to pray for him. Also, love and affection are important. I would probably try to avoid being too pushy about apologetics with your son. If he wants to read material, that’s great! Especially if he’s intellectually open to that. If not, sometimes pushing people (especially pushing children, spouses, children-in-laws, and parent-in-laws, for some reason), can often backfire and close more doors than they open. I would also encourage you to avoid creating obstacles where there might not be any. It’s always a good idea to find areas of agreement when you can. There’s nothing wrong, for example, with calling Jesus Yeshua. Yeshua (Josh or Joshua) is just the Hebrew form of Jesus’s name. English “Jesus” comes from the Greek form Iesous. Catholics speaking Hebrew in Jerusalem…and they do exist….also call Jesus Yeshua, and that’s probably what the earliest Christians (His Jewish followers) called Him as well. As for resources, I’d recommend writings by Scott Hahn and Brant Pitre, especially because of how well they situate Catholicism in the context of the OT, and the Jewish context of the NT. Hahn’s book A Father Who Keeps His Promises and Pitre’s Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist are especially helpful. I hope this helps.

  2. Dr. Morrow:
    I watched you on The Journey Home program last night and was very impressed. I learned so much in one hour!

    I was interested in your comment on the women of Jesus’ time not being recognized in the courts of the Romans or Jews. Which leads me to this question. Do you think that Protestant religions do not recognize Mary because of this lack of recognition of women, not only at the time of Jesus but when many of these denominations were created?

    Women did not hold a position in society, so it could possibly be why Martin Luther, Calvin, etc. did not include or teach this reverence to Mary in the religions they created.
    Many thanks

    1. Janice, thanks for your kind words. I don’t think that that’s the origin of Protestant devaluing of Mary. They would be too far removed from the Jewish and Roman legal systems of antiquity. Moreover, the social status of women would have been the same for Catholics at the time. Luther actually had a quite high estimation of Mary. He wrote a moving homily on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary—more than 400 years before that dogma was defined. All the major reformers held her perpetual virginity (e.g., Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Melancthon, Bucur), and Luther held the Immaculate Conception, again, almost 400 years before it was defined. I think Protestant rejection of Marian traditions has more to do with the emphasis on the individual (me and Jesus) and less communal focus. It’s tied to critiques of the mediation of Saints, which was attacked by political rulers for a variety of political and economic reasons, in addition to the theological issues.

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