January 7-14, 2013

Vol.208 / No.1
The Word
Peter FeldmeierDecember 28, 2012

The Old Testament is filled with metaphorical language depicting God and Israel as husband and wife Ezekiel allegorized Israel as a young virgin married to Yahweh So when Israel practiced idolatry the prophet likened her to an unfaithful wife Hosea was even called by God to marry a prostitute c

Books
Jerome DonnellyDecember 28, 2012

David Lesch a recognized specialist in Syrian politics is the author of an earlier book on Syria rsquo s President Bashar al Assad with whom he has conducted several interviews His latest book traces the fortunes mdash mostly misfortunes mdash of Assad his government rsquo s off-and-on relation

Signs Of the Times

Thaddeus Ma Daqin allegedly violated the rules for episcopal ordinations.

Letters
December 28, 2012

Trust the InvestigationRe “Digging Deeper” (Current Comment, 12/10): The BP explosion was a tragedy, and the most serious consequences were borne by those who died, their families and the many who live and work along the Gulf coast. Whatever civil compensation is made will never replace

Marlana PortolanoDecember 28, 2012

Even when he does not speak, Father Joe is able to hold the rapt attention of the congregation.

Signs Of the Times

European media are reporting that Russia and the United States are preparing a joint ultimatum to President Bashar al-Assad through the special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, Lakhdar Brahimi, to encourage Assad to leave power “with dignity.” Washington and Moscow report

Film
Michael V. TuethDecember 21, 2012

Fate and forgiveness in ‘Les Misérables’