Biblical Commentaries

An economist reads the Book of Books

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The blessing of waiting

The blessing of waiting

The soul and the harp/ 5 - Tomorrow comes in innocence, blesses today and changes its name By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 26/04/2020 The city rejoices over the prosperity of the just, while there is celebration for the ruin of the wicked. The blessing of just men makes a city prosper; the...
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The same weight that everyone has

The same weight that everyone has

The soul and the harp / 4 – Understanding the weight of God and the glory of man By Luigino Bruni  Published in Avvenire 19/04/2020 Stuck between deadly things (the starry skies will also end) Why do I crave God? Giuseppe Ungaretti, Damnation Prayer is an essential and universal dimension of hu...
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God, please: rise!

God, please: rise!

The soul and the harp/ 3 - Fatherhood is the wonderful art of liberating our children from their crosses By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 12/04/2020 "I am dirty, Milena, infinitely dirty, this is why I make so much fuss about purity. Nobody sings as purely and clearly as those in the deepes...
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The hand that lowers the bridge

The hand that lowers the bridge

The soul and the harp / 2 - Myths know the limits, and this terrible time becomes their legacy By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 05/04/2020 "There is something great about living in hope, but at the same time there is also something deeply unreal about it. The specific value of the individua...
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The only child of silence

The only child of silence

The soul and the harp / 1 - Psalms are a means to pray even for those who do not believe and cannot find the right words By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 29/03/2020 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take  or sit&n...
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The economy of smallness

The economy of smallness

Prophecy is history /29 – It is in defeat, when a story ends, that we discover the truth and strength of God by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 22/12/2019 "Why did you take my children away, why did you have them killed by the sword and left them at the mercy of the enemies? And then the sup...
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The custody of the first name

The custody of the first name

Prophecy is history/28 – The ancient (and current) habit of "masters" to change the name of their subjects By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 15/12/2019 "Between the last word spoken and the first new one to be said, that is where we reside" Pierluigi Cappello, Flight attitude (Assetto di volo) ...
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The name of the king is man

The name of the king is man

Prophecy is history / 27 - The powerful, if they can't stay like everyone else, they will remain inhuman. by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 08/12/2019 «But how can Josiah ignore Jeremiah and send emissaries to Huldah? The wise men replied: Because women are more compassionate, and so ...
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Us, with borrowed eyes

Us, with borrowed eyes

Prophecy is history / 26 - To be able to 'see the heart' beyond merits or faults. Just like He does by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 01/12/2019 "Abraham found his counterpart in a late, isolated, steep figure of the Bible: Job. If Abraham was grace not founded on merit, Job was misfo...
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Heirs, hence both destroyers and guardians

Heirs, hence both destroyers and guardians

Prophecy is history / 25 - Authentic justice is also preventing the past from killing the future By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  24/11/2019 "The bronze serpent at the time of Hezekiah no longer provided healing, indeed instead it caused damage: the values ​​of the past can do this,...
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But life is even greater

But life is even greater

Prophecy is history / 24 - Following nothingness we become nothing: it is the eternal struggle between faith and nihilism By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  17/11/2019 «I am well aware that the word lout, in the current language of my country, is now a term of offense and derision; bu...
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The name of the Ark is made of silver

The name of the Ark is made of silver

Prophecy is history / 23 - The same biblical word is used for both "chest" and the Ark of the Covenant by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 10/11/2019 In the words of Rabbi Schmelke: "The poor give the rich more than what the rich do not give to the poor. And more than a case of the poor need...
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May the reader save the queen

May the reader save the queen

Prophecy is history/22 - The Bible asks to enter its stories, choosing which side we are on By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  03/11/2019 «For thus they have found written in their Law: a king you will lay upon you (Deut. 17:15) and not a queen» David Franco-Mendes, The punishment of...
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Never with the blood of our children

Never with the blood of our children

Prophecy is history / 21 - No one can force God to be less human than the best fathers and mothers By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 27/10/2019 «A purely sacrificial theory of the gospels must be based on the epistle to the Jews. But the Epistle does not succeed, I believe, in grasping the true...