Biblical Commentaries

An economist reads the Book of Books

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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...
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Beyond the other name of evil

Beyond the other name of evil

The mystery revealed/6 - Truth without love kills. Faithful companionship is the saving dew. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 08/05/2022 «If your God does not want idolatry why does he not eliminate it"? The sages replied: "If idolatry concerned only what the world does not need, He ...
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The mother of all desires

The mother of all desires

The mystery revealed/5 - No empire lasts forever, only the care of the victims will be the beginning of a just kingdom By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 01/05/2022 "God's yes on the cross is the judgment on successful man" Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics Nebuchadnezzar's great dream and Daniel...
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Famine of dreams and dreamers

Famine of dreams and dreamers

The mystery revealed/4 - Knowing how to be masters of listening to understand darkness and open ways to the future. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire on 23/04/2022 "Three things you must not do: appease your companion in the hour of his anger; try to comfort him while his dead is lying in fr...
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Being greater than evil

Being greater than evil

The mystery revealed /3 - Exile and wars will never end if we decide not to dream anymore. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 17/04/2022 "Simone Weil: «The lamb is somehow slaughtered in heaven before being slaughtered on earth. Who cuts his throat?». It is the ultimate question of Christiani...
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The first name and the last

The first name and the last

The mystery revealed/2 - Even those who hammer the nails into us are essential actors in the history of salvation By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 10/04/2022 «Greet the banks of the Jordan and Zion's toppled towers. Oh, my homeland, so lovely and so lost! Oh memory, so dear and so dead! Gol...
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With the pen and with the soul

With the pen and with the soul

The mystery revealed/1 - To resist without killing is not an escape from history, it is generating a different future By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 03/04/2022 «The books of the law that they found they tore to pieces and burned with fire… According to the decree, they put to death...
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The other and real name of the children

The other and real name of the children

The sign and the flesh/16 - They are worth more than things and make us look like God By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire le 20/03/2022 "We are evidently living in a period of transition; but transition towards what? Nobody has the slightest idea. If we want to make it through this Dark Age, w...
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Incompleteness, the last gift

Incompleteness, the last gift

The sign and the flesh/15 - The prophets name the idols and call upon us to choose the right side. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 13/03/2022 «It is not up to you to do the work, but you are not free to withdraw from it» (Rabbi Tarfon). The unfinished part of my work is actually the inheri...