Michael Barber is Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. His most recent academic publication is Paul, A New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019), co-written with Brant Pitre and John Kincaid. In addition to his teaching, academic research and publishing, he also gives popular-level presentations at Catholic conferences and parish events around the United States. For booking, see www.TheSacredPage.com.
Scribes for the Kingdom
In Matthew 13, after teaching in parables, Jesus asks the disciples: “Have you understood all these things?” (Matt 13:51). When they answer in the affirmative, we are told that Jesus replied, “For this reason, every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a house, who brings out of his treasure both the new and the old” (Matt 13:52).