February 2007

“Comments” Feature now turned ON

by Steve Ray on February 28, 2007

You can now leave comments under blog entries.

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Loads of new Audio CD Talks by Steve Ray

by Steve Ray on February 28, 2007

Check here for all the new audio CD talks by Steve Ray. You can see and/or print an order form here.

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Did the Bible Always have Chapters & Verses?

by Steve Ray on February 28, 2007

No! The chapter and verse divisions in the Bible are relatively recent additions to the Bible. Originally it was written in Hebrew and Greek and there were NO chapter and verse divisions–in fact, most of the time there was not even spaces between the words!

Interestingly, in the book of Hebrews the writer is quoting the Old Testament and because it did not have chapters and verses and he was working out of a cumbersome rolled scroll, the writer said "Somewhere it says . . ."  (Heb 2:6, 4:4).

Here is a paragraph from my book St. John's Gospel:

“The different divisions of the material within the NT books are not ancient. The chapter divisions are usually attributed to Cardinal Hugo de San Caro, who in A.D. 1248 used them in preparing a Bible index, but he may have borrowed them from the earlier [Catholic] archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. The modern verses derive from Robert Estienne (Stephanus), who, according to his son Henry, made the divisions while on a journey on horseback from Paris to Lyons. They were first published in Stephanus’ Greek Testament of 1551 and first appeared in an English translation of the NT in William Whittingham’s version of 1557. The first complete Bible in English with our verses was the Geneva Bible of 1560” (Achtemeier, Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 699).

Also mentioned on the Morning Air show today is my book Crossing the Tiber with all the Scriptural and historical quotes and explanations about Born Again and Water Baptism, and the Real Presence in the Eucharist. It is also my conversion story.

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Compliments from Iraq

February 27, 2007

Steve, this is the Catholic Defender coming to you from Iraq! I do want to say that your Footprints of God DVD's are excellent and I highly recommend them to anyone for intertainment, for study, for teaching. I use them here in Iraq for our Bible studies and for teaching RCIA. I also loan them out for [...]

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Did They Discover the Bones of Jesus?

February 26, 2007

CATHOLIC NEW SERVICE STORY — VERY GOOD For an excellent and forthright overview and critique, click here for the Catholic News Service report. INTERVIEW WITH KLONER THE ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGIST WHO DISCOVERED THE TOMB First Question: "What do you make of the assertion that Jesus and his family were buried there?"  Answer: "It makes a great story for a [...]

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Was Abraham Saved by Faith Alone?

February 26, 2007

Was Abraham Saved by Faith Alone?Or, was Abraham our Father of Faith and Works?by Steve Ray   My Evangelical friend — you say: “Of course Abraham was saved by faith alone! Doesn’t the Bible make that perfectly clear, especially in Paul’s letters?  And didn’t Luther’s German translation inform the masses that the words “faith” and “alone” [...]

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What Do You See?

February 25, 2007

Stare at the four veriticle black dots in the middle of the image for 30 seconds and then look at a white wall and start blinking your eyes.  What do you see?

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Chair of Moses – Chair of Peter

February 22, 2007

Chair of Moses – Chair of PeterFeast Day, February 22 Want to see pictures of the Chair of Moses and the Chair of Peter? Click here.Discussed on Morning Air with Sean Herriott TODAY from 9-9:30 AM Eastern. For Steve's Adventure DVD "Peter, Keeper of the Keys"Steve's detailed defense of the Peter and the Primacy of Rome [...]

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“Noise” Teresa Tomeo’s New Book on the Media

February 22, 2007

Teresa Tomeo has a history in the media, both secular and Catholic. She understands the ins and outs and in her new book Noise she teaches us to understand the media and how to protect ourselves and our kids. I wrote an endorsement for the book which states: "By putting the media under the microscope, [...]

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From Baptist to Military to Alcohol to Catholic

February 21, 2007

Doug's Conversion Story – New! Doug tells his journey from Southern Baptist, to the Military, to Alcohol to the Catholic Church. Click here. For hundreds of other conversion stories, click here.

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Video Clip from Apostolic Fathers

February 21, 2007

Here is a short video clip while we were practicing for a scene for our next Footprints of God DVD — Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith which is scheduled for release in September 2007. Joe Reynolds of Skyline Productions built this marvelous set which we affectionately called the Wall of Fame. To see more [...]

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Fish on Fridays – Why?

February 21, 2007

Did the Pope make eating fish on Fridays a rule to help the Italian fish industry? Come on, don't tell me you haven't heard that one! I did when I was a Protestant and I passed this "factoid" on to others as though it were a proven fact. (Picture of Steve with an Amnun fish [...]

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The Number “40″

February 21, 2007

(We will discuss this today on Searching the Word on Relevant Radio and on The Catholic Guy with Lino Ruli on Sirius Satellite Radio.) Forty is no insiginficant number in the Bible! That is why we have the liturgical season of Lent for forty days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter. Lent [...]

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Faith Magazine on our DVD David & Solomon

February 19, 2007

   To read the short review from Faith & Family Magazine (in PDF format), click here.   For a complete list of reviews for our Footprints series, click here.

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The Skull is Talking to Me

February 19, 2007

The skull is talking to me It says, "As you are now, I once was; as I am now, you soon shall be — remember your mortality!" No better way to approach Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent. Artists have painted St. Jerome with a skull on his desk. Popes were known to keep skulls [...]

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Raising Rebels — Catholic Answers Live

February 16, 2007

In Response to my Catholic Answers show"Raising Rebels." I am in Phoenix working on our next DVD but I will post recommended Books for Parents early next week. I already have a section for husbands and wives called Books for Lovers and will add a list of Books for Parents this coming week. I do [...]

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