Biblical Commentaries

An economist reads the Book of Books

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And the last curtain will be removed

And the last curtain will be removed

The mystery revealed/20 - The Bible will continue to live if as long as it frees us from both old and new idolatries By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 14/08/2022 So says the god Indra: "Offer me a sacrifice, I'm hungry” Satapatha Brahmana, 11, Vedic texts This concludes the commentary on th...
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In search for a different kind of gaze

In search for a different kind of gaze

The mystery revealed/19 - A new ending to the Book of Daniel tells us that justice is possible Published in Avvenire 07/08/2022 "I remember as those childhood days in the village if it were now, when a wandering blind man arrived. That wandering blind man remains in my imagination as the most sing...
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The seals of the earth of tomorrow

The seals of the earth of tomorrow

The mystery revealed/18 - We will all die, but we do not return to dust forever. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  31/07/2022 "Near Dijon, when the last ears of corn were about to be cut, an ox was carried around decorated with ribbons, flowers and ears of corn, followed by all the dancing ...
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But even God is surprised

But even God is surprised

The mystery revealed/17 - The Lord is the first guarantor of the truth and freedom of human history By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  24/07/2022 But the humble will inherit the earth and enjoy the pleasure of much peace. His interpretation: the assembly of the poor who accept the establishe...
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Those three touches of the angel (Beyond fear)

Those three touches of the angel (Beyond fear)

The mystery revealed/16 - The Bible makes you experience the tremendum, and teaches you to address God informally By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 17/07/2022 "The new vision is the development of the blessed night of faith. It is then that the soul, lending its ear and forgetting the walls ...
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Beyond the great illusion

Beyond the great illusion

The mystery revealed/15 - In any failed relationship one can start over in the "name" of the other party By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 10/07/2022 "We have lived in the fissures of history: what does not ever, entirely, come to a close, gives us shelter. For our last day, we wanted the vi...
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Let us help God to dream

Let us help God to dream

The mystery revealed/14 - We cannot appropriate the words that are whispered into our souls if we do not say them. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 03/07/2022 "And the desire to leave the paternal home to walk towards the edge. On that edge an angel had laid the egg of divine knowledge." A...
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Son of man, our son

Son of man, our son

The mystery revealed/13 - The Kingdom in the prophesy is a matter of men and women, not of angels and demons. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire le 26/06/2022 "The great novelty in the Bible in humble matters regarding the economy lies in the overcoming of the economy, in the message that out...
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Every great power is next to last

Every great power is next to last

The mystery revealed/12 - The "open book" of the Eternal one tells us that the monsters do not have the last word By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire le 19/06/2022 "Know what is above you: an eye that sees, an ear that listens and all your actions written in the book." Rabbi Yehudah ha Nasi, ...
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Anti-envy is a common good

Anti-envy is a common good

The mystery revealed/11 - Avoiding confrontations makes sense, but there are times and ages when you just cannot do that. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  12/06/2022 "There are three kinds of disciples: those who teach Zen to others, those who take care of temples and shrines, and then the...
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The good measures of power

The good measures of power

The mystery revealed/10 - The prophets who do not speak of "lowbrow" economy lower faith. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 05/06/2022 "What particularly distinguishes the God of the Jews is that he is a God who speaks. This is why prophets are prominent in the Jewish tradition" Jacques Lac...
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How much is still left of the night?

How much is still left of the night?

The mystery revealed/9 – Let us ask ourselves if our dreams from childhood are truer than our adult reality. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 29/05/2022 "They came to me in the morning to be a bit consoled But I think I'm a bad comforter. I am able to listen, but I can hardly say anything" ...
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The seven times of the beast

The seven times of the beast

The revealed mystery/8 - It takes a lifetime to be able to look at us as God does. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  22/05/2022 Words of prayer, pronounced by Nabonidus, king of Babylon, the great king: «I, Nabonidus, was afflicted with a malignant ulcer for seven years, and I was estranged...
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The name of the son is root

The name of the son is root

The mystery revealed/7 - The name is saved not by venerating the past but by guarding the future By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 15/05/2022 "If I were an angel I would go around the world. I would go to Afghanistan and further down to South Africa and talk to America And if they don't...