Codex Washingtonensis and Old Testament Texts on Display at Freer Gallery
The third oldest parchment manuscript of the Gospels, the Codex Washingtonensis (or Washington Codex) will be put on display along with a parchment codex of Deuteronomy and Joshua in the Peacock room of the Freer Gallery from November 16, 2013, to February 16, 2014. The Codex Washingtonensis dates from the fourth to fifth centuries. The Deuteronomy and Joshua texts are substantially complete and date from the same period.
Also on view are painted wooden covers, designed to protect the Gospels and decorated with representations of the four Evangelists. These rare—and rarely shown—manuscripts were last on view in 2006, when they were part of "In the Beginning," a landmark exhibition of Bibles before the year 1000.
Charles Lang Freer purchased the manuscripts in 1906 in Giza, Egypt, and later organized and underwrote significant early biblical scholarship. While researching their cultural context and physical structure, it was discovered that the Codex Washingtonensis contains a passage not found in any other biblical text—a segment at the end of the Gospel of Mark known as the Freer logion which will be viewable during the exhibition.
The Freer Gallery of Art, located at 12th Street and Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, DC. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25), and admission is free. The galleries are located near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information, the public may call (202) 633-1000 or visit www.asia.si.edu.
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P. - Nov. 11, 2013
Please pray for the repose of Rev. Dr. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P., who died in Jerusalem on Nov. 11, 2013 at the age of 78.
A CBA member since 1966, Fr. Jerome served on the Editorial Board of Catholic Biblical Quarterly from 1997 to 2004 and wrote several articles for the journal. He was a leading authority on St. Paul, a Professor of New Testament at the École Biblique in Jerusalem, and a cousin to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.
Born on 10 April 1935 to Kerry Murphy-O'Connor and Mary McCrohan, Fr. Jerome was the eldest of four children. He attended the Christian Brothers College in Cork, going on to study at the Vincentian-run Castleknock College in Dublin. He entered the Dominican Novitiate in Cork in September 1953, giving up his baptismal name 'James' and to take a new name in religion, 'Jerome', a symbol of his commitment to his faith. Bearing in mind his future career, this was an apt choice, as Jerome is the patron saint of biblical studies.
Fr. Jerome was ordained priest in July 1960. At the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the core of his scholarly life emerged. His first serious study as a lecturer was on the theme of Preaching in St. Paul, which he later developed into a doctoral thesis under the direction of the Dominican biblical scholar, Ceslas Spicq. He received his Doctorate in 1962, and studied in Rome in 1963. He also researched the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of Heidelberg, and New Testament theology at the University of Tübingen. From there he went to the École Biblique in Jerusalem, which was to become his religious, scholarly, and personal home for the next 40 years.
The École Biblique, founded in 1890 by French Dominican scholars, was an internationally renowned centre for Biblical studies and Biblical archaeology. Fr. Jerome was appointed Professor of New Testament there in 1967. Oxford University Press invited him to write an archaeological guide to the Holy Land which was published in 1980. This was translated into several languages with a revised edition in 1986, and has become the standard guide-book. Murphy-O'Connor lectured around the world and made numerous television appearances.Read more: Recently Deceased Members
A Spanish-English lectio divina manual is being developed by the Vatican Publishing House in collaboration with the American Bible Society and the vicar general of the Diocese of Mar del Plata, Argentina.
For more information, see the 10/31/13 CNS News Brief.
On October 11, 1962, the Second Vatican Council was opened by Pope John XXIII, with over 2000 bishops in attendance.
On October 11, 1992, Pope John Paul II promulgated the publication of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church.
On October 11, 2012, the Catholic Church begins celebrating a "Year of Faith," as announced by Pope Benedict XVI.
The Catholic Biblical Association of America joins with the universal Church in the renewed profession, deeper understanding, more joyful celebration, and more authentic living of our Christian faith.
Here are some foundational documents and online resources you may find helpful:
Italian Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini died on August 31, 2012, at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Cardinal Martini was a renowned biblical scholar, a prolific author, former professor and rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and former archbishop of Milan, Italy.
He made church teachings accessible to the public through his frequent columns in an Italian newspaper and in Sunday afternoon dialogues with young people at the cathedral in Milan.
A writer and biblical scholar known for his warm, pastoral style, Cardinal Martini was long considered a papal candidate in the last conclave.
In a telegram to Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan, Pope Benedict praised Cardinal Martini’s generous service to the Gospel and the church and his “intense apostolic work” as a Jesuit, a professor and “authoritative biblicist.”
As archbishop of Milan, the pope said, Cardinal Martini helped open for the church community “the treasures of the sacred Scriptures.”Read more: In Memoriam: Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J.