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Old Testament and Father Rolheiser
March 1st, 2016
By August Pijma

 Re ‘On reading difficult passages in Scripture,’ Father Ron Rolheiser, Feb. 18:

I, too, am disturbed when reading the Old Testament with its violence and cruelty. If we have to take the readings in the New Testament literally, see Mathew 16 (“You art Peter”) and John 6 (“Unless you eat my flesh.”) Why shouldn’t we take the readings of the Old Testament literally? After all, in both testaments is the word of God.

I think the good father was dancing the cha-cha-cha around the issue.

August Pijma
Redwood City

From March 3, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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