Michelangelo's famous statue of Moses sports horns as the result of a translation error made by St. Jerome. The patron of translators mistook the Hebrew word in the book of Exodus 34:29 describing Moses' face as "radiant in glory" to mean "horned." The error was compounded in 1515 when Michelangelo carved horns on his marble portrayal of Moses, which can be seen in the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Sign up to receive our weekly Lost in Translation emails, or follow Lost in Translation on our website, where Matthew Phelps posts new commentary every Tuesday.
Lost in Translation
This prayer-centered Bible study is based on The Revised Grail Psalter, the new English translation of the Psalms by the monks at Conception Abbey. The Revised Grail Psalter soon will be used in all liturgical publications in the United States. Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God Through the Prayers of the Church—Volume I has been granted an imprimatur, and it includes a foreword by Gregory Polan, O.S.B., abbot primate of the worldwide Benedictine Confederation. Visit our Sing a New Psalm study directory to read a sample lesson.
Sing a New Psalm
Communicating with God
This 23-lesson Catholic Bible study takes an in-depth look at the bizarre and often disturbing images in the book of Revelation to discover ways that this Christian vision of Final Judgment is relevant in our contemporary world. Color illustrations help readers to visualize key theological concepts in the biblical text. The Revelation of Jesus Christ: The Faithful Witness has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our Revelation of Jesus Christ study directory to see a sample lesson, video overviews of each lesson, and other related resources.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
The Faithful Witness
The Letter to the Hebrews: An Explanation of the Mechanism of Our Salvation explains how it is possible that Jesus Christ is able to bring about salvation for all men and women. The final five lessons in the study examine the biblical foundations of the priesthood—beginning with Melchizedek and ending with Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. This 23-lesson Catholic Bible study has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our Letter to the Hebrews study directory to see a sample lesson, video overviews of each lesson, and other related resources.
The Letter to the Hebrews
An Explanation of the Mechanism of Our Salvation
Happy Thanksgiving—You can learn more about how giving thanks is related to the sacrament of the Eucharist by reading this week’s Lost in Translation.
Our Catholic Bible studies are based on principles of lectio divina and designed to help parish groups and individuals increase understanding and enrich faith. All Turning to God’s Word studies have been granted an imprimatur from the Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, bishop of Des Moines.
Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for the month of November
If you’d like to join the Holy Father in his prayer intentions, during the month of November the Pope is encouraging Catholics to pray for Christians in Asia—that Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.