Biblical Commentaries

An economist reads the Book of Books

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Our last step of God

Our last step of God

The sign and the flesh/8 - He can forgive, but healing a sick relationship requires reciprocity. by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 23/01/22 The Eternal ordered Hosea to marry a woman of past misunderstandings. Suddenly God asked him: «Why don't you follow the example of your teacher Moses, ...
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The land of the not-yet

The land of the not-yet

The sign and the flesh/7 - True prophets are not loved because they destroy homes and offer tents. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 16/01/2022 "God is behind everything, but everything hides God" Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, Volume II, 5.4 This chapter of Hosea, one of the best known...
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But injustice is idolatry

But injustice is idolatry

The sign and the flesh/6 – But the false prophets speak of God or ideals and do not know how to defend humanity By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 09/01/2022. “As important as it is that we share the pain of man today together, it is even more important that we feel where it comes from togeth...
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The essential art of removing

The essential art of removing

The sign and the flesh/5 – The most dangerous enemy of religion is idolatry, not atheism By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 02/01/2022 "Only with knowledge can we come to a real level of love. Only by experiencing the joy of discovering the unexpected appearance of a flower or the rapid flutt...
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That other half of the verse

That other half of the verse

The sign and the flesh /4 - The prophets see the future of others and of God, but for themselves the only see the present. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 19/12/2021 "Money buys pleasure and, at the same time, becomes an expression of shame. As long as money is only considered a means of p...
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As in a game of mirrors

As in a game of mirrors

The sign and the flesh/3 - God speaks through Hosea and reveals the first reciprocity of earth and heaven to us By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 12/12/2021 "In the marriage of the prophet, the man himself appears to us with the secrets of his blood and soul, a man who, precisely for this re...
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Nothing more, nothing less

Nothing more, nothing less

The sign and the flesh /2 - In true vocations, one is never greater than one's destiny or one's name By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 05/12/2021 "Life is not simply destiny" Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence The paradoxical names of the children of Hosea reveal something profound in the ...
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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...