The book of the prophet Malachi closes in the Old Testament, the series of minor prophets. Emblematic of the fact that the last verses speak of a messenger of God sent to restore the proper relationship between God and his people. A messianic prophecy that comes in the heart of Israel’s history but is not limited to the context in which it originated. Malachi operates several decades after the reconstruction of the temple, which had occurred around 520 BC, after his return from exile. In this period had already prophesied to look ahead and pushed the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. But the restoration of temple ritual is often emptied of its true soul: the celebration of God’s work in history. Malachi’s voice rises to denounce indifference and externality, remoteness from the Lord and injustice. The solution proposed by the Holy Prophet is that of a preparatory meeting with the Lord. A message that resonates particularly appropriate at this time of Advent.
Source: Santi e Beati
This undated picture made available by the British Library shows a reader examining a page from the earliest surviving Christian Bible. The British Library says the surviving pages of the world’s oldest Bible have been reunited digitally. The library says the early Christian work known as the Codex Sinaiticus had been housed in four separate locations across the world for more than 150 years. It became available Monday for perusal on the Web so scholars and others can get a closer look. The library says the work will allow scholars to further study the “unique treasure.” The project united organizations from Great Britain, Germany, Russia and Egypt. Each possessed parts of the 1,600-year-old manuscript. They worked together to publish new research into the history of the Codex and transcribed 650,000 words during a four-year period. (AP Photo/The British Library) (The British Library – AP) Read the rest of this entry »