Nazareth

Nazareth is situated in the most southerly hills of the Lebanon range, just before it drops abruptly down to the plain of Esdraelon. The town lies in a hollow plateau about 1200 feet above the level of the Mediterranean......

Advent (Year B)

Advent is a time for double celebration, namely (i) the historical birth of Jesus and (ii) the preparation for the waiting(advent) of the 2nd coming of Jesus. The 1st Advent Sunday Mass 2nd Reading was based on the grace and gifts .....

Sheep

Sheep were an important part of the possessions of the ancient Hebrews and of eastern nations generally. The first mention of sheep occurs in Genesis 4:2 they were used in the sacrificial offering, as, both the adult animal and the lamb......

Talent

The talent was not a coin but a sum. The Hebrew talent = 3,000 shekels. The quadrans, "farthing," was a fourth of an obolus, which was a sixth of a drachma. The assarion, a diminutive of an "as", less than our penny....

Canaan

With a few exceptions the Biblical writers seem to indicate by this name at the least, the whole of Western or cis-Jordanic Palestine. It extends from the desert of Sin in the south to.......

Peter Simon

St. Peter's true and original name was Simon, sometimes occurring in the form Symeon. He was the son of Jona (Johannes) and was born in Bethsaida, a town on Lake Genesareth, the position of which cannot be established with certainty...

Soul

The question of the reality of the soul and its distinction from the body is among the most important problems of philosophy, for with it is bound up the doctrine of a future life......

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