Biblical Commentaries

An economist reads the Book of Books

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Living the quotes of God

Living the quotes of God

The sign and the flesh/1 – We now begin the commentary on the Book of Hosea, the first of the so-called Minor Prophets By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  28/11/2021 «When I began my commentary on the book of Hosea, now seven years ago, I was convinced that I knew it well enough. Today I thin...
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And the breath became a child

And the breath became a child

Faithfulness and redemption/16 – At the very end of the Book of Ruth, there is a birth. And an unrivaled chorus of women. by Luigino Bruni Published in the Avvenire on 18/07/2021 ""We need to change God to keep him, and for him to keep us." Paolo de Benedetti, Which God? If we look at the world ...
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The other and real name of the father

The other and real name of the father

Faithfulness and redemption/15 – The other and real name of the father by Luigino Bruni Published in the Avvenire il 11/07/2021 "There are those who do not want simple people to read sacred texts. As if Christ taught things so abstruse that they could barely be understood by three or four theolog...
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True love is acknowledging

True love is acknowledging

Faithfulness and redemption/14 - The Bible sometimes gives the floor to Ruth and her sisters. Let us listen to them. by Luigino Bruni Published in the Avvenire 04/07/2021 "At the moment of my death I will leave you with all my possessions: nothing but a name, enclosed in a book ... Put it at the ...
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The other name of the economy

The other name of the economy

Faithfulness and redemption/13 - Alternatives live and grow because they know how to see value in other people's waste. by Luigino Bruni Published in the Avvenire 26/06/2021 "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together...
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Civilization and the art of waiting

Civilization and the art of waiting

Faithfulness and redemption/12 - Waiting for and giving God, men and especially women know how to do it. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  20/06/2021 "Life flies away like a dream, and you do not have time to do anything before the instant of its fullness escapes you. This is why it is esse...
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The paradise of mirrored words

The paradise of mirrored words

Faithfulness and redemption/11 - A good reciprocity between a woman and a man, is always difficult but not impossible By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  12/06/2021 "Why not satisfy my wishes? / I do not wait for your question / If I guess, like you guess of me" Dante, Paradiso, IX, 79-81 I...
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But happiness is not enough

But happiness is not enough

Faithfulness and redemption/10 - There are second choices that follow a first choice, which we make thanks to agape By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  05/06/2021 So why do I increase the unhappiness of being on this shore with my nostalgia for the other shore? Franz Kafka, Diaries, January 2...
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The hand of God and the hands of women

The hand of God and the hands of women

Faithfulness and redemption/9 - Fatalism is a masculine word and a feminine concern. Like Providence. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  30/05/2021 "Without ancestors, without weddings, without descendants, with a wild desire for ancestors, weddings and descendants ... There is a mise...
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The most essential profession

The most essential profession

Faithfulness and redemption /8 - Fraternity is a satiety measured on those who are not full or have no table. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  23/05/2021 "Name in the centre, your sound calls filled with voices but no one holds you, no one dares let you in sounds, in letters or numb...
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The gift of the earned barley

The gift of the earned barley

Faithfulness and redemption/7 - A biblical page of unjust female servitude and the right sense of work. by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 15/05/2021 "History teaches that the less you read, the more you buy books" Albert Camus Jonas or the artist at work. The dialogue between Boaz and Ruth...
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The second floor of the world

The second floor of the world

Faithfulness and redemption/6 - It is written: Woman, I have told them not to lay a hand on you. For millennia no one has listened By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  09/05/2021 "Boaz noted with amazement that if the reapers dropped more than two ears of wheat to the ground, despite her need ...
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The economy of the suspended grain

The economy of the suspended grain

Faithfulness and redemption/5 - In the culture of the Bible, private property will always be an imperfect domain By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  25/04/2021 "I was the last on watch; I was like one who gleans after the grape-gatherers; by the blessing of the Lord I excelled, and like a gra...
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Never the masters of our name

Never the masters of our name

Faithfulness and redemption/4 – What if this "great night of God" was a long battle with the angel?  By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 18/04/2021 "Attachment is ruinous, and it is your enemy. Anyone who forms a bond is lost". Philip Roth, The Dying Animal Naomi arrives in Bethlehem, togeth...