The miracle of Pentecost as told by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles was a miracle of an outpouring of an abundance: tongues of flame, tongues as in languages, telling of the abundance of God’s mighty deeds, hearing in an abundance of languages. This post collects just a little of the abundance of the internet, with an emphasis towards language:
What language did Jesus speak? It turns out this is a really interesting question, as well as having interesting answers. Seth Sanders writes about it over at Religion Dispatches, and J. K. Gayle adds some information about the social and linguistic perspective of various contributors to the discussion.
Was there an Arabic translation of the Bible before Islam? Clare Wilde explores this question, and its theological and polemical implications, in a review of Sidney H. Griffith’s book.
If you’re Catholic, you’ve probably used a holy card as a bookmark at least once. The library at the University of St. Thomas, MN, has been collecting such cards that have been left in returned library books over the years, and has made the collection available online through the Catholic Research Portal.
Cristina Traina, a respected Roman Catholic ethicist who also happens to be lesbian, was interviewed by her local paper, which published an excerpt discussing sainthood and marriage equality, as well as a link to the full recorded interview.
Finally, Daily Theology is running a Pentecost-themed Theological Shark Week: theological reflections on the Holy Spirit that you won’t want to miss.