Biblical Commentaries

An economist reads the Book of Books

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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...
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The grammar of forever

The grammar of forever

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And Naomi the migrant got up

And Naomi the migrant got up

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And God entrusted women with the voice

And God entrusted women with the voice

Faithfulness and redemption/1 - The "study" of the biblical Book of Ruth (and Naomi) begins, one of the most beautiful and loved ones By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 28/03/2021 «In the days of Ruth, the situation in Palestine was such that if a judge said to someone: "take that speck of dust ...
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And breath became a Hallelujah

And breath became a Hallelujah

The soul and the harp/ 31 - Adam guardian of the whole world finally gives voice to the Earth and the universe By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  01/11/2020 "My love, you who formed me in the image of the God who has no face, my Love who tenderly reassembled me after my ruin, my Love,...
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Midwives of a different kind of joy

Midwives of a different kind of joy

The soul and the harp/30 - True freedom is freeing oneself from misery, not from the «perfect joy» of poverty  By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 25/10/2020 "The righteous, in whom the Lord has created the desperate need for joy, will have joy" Sergio Quinzio, A commentary on the Bible (Un ...
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With God's very own name

With God's very own name

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Greater than our heart

Greater than our heart

Greater than our heart The soul and the harp/28 - From our inhabited intimacy we learn that the whole universe is inhabited by God By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  11/10/2020 "If there is an Other, whoever he is, wherever he is, and whatever his relations with me are, even if he doe...