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Dianne Bergant, C.S.A.

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Dianne Bergant, C.S.A. is Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She holds a BS in Elementary Education from Marian College, Fond du Lac, WI; an MA and PhD in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University.
Dianne Bergant was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-1) and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past twenty years. For more than fifteen years, she was the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today. Bergant was a member of the editorial board of that magazine for twenty-five years, five of those years she served as the magazine’s general editor. She is now on the editorial board of Biblical Theology Bulletin, and Chicago Studies. From 2002 through 2005, Bergant wrote the weekly column "The Word" for America magazine. She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology, and feminism.
Contributions from Dianne Bergant, C.S.A.
Webster defines vocation, a word that comes from the Latin vocare (to call), as a summons from God to an individual or group to undertake the obligations of a particular task or function in life; a divine call to a place of service to others in accordance with the divine plan. This definition concurs with the biblical tradition in identifying several different aspects pertinent to this consideration of vocation in the Old Testament. They include: call, task or function, service, and divine plan. The stories of four prominent Old Testament figures— Moses, Deborah, Jeremiah, and Esther—will be analyzed in order to discover if these aspects are present therein, and if so, how they might have functioned in the original stories. Before we do this, we should reflect on the role biblical theology plays in influencing our lives today.
April 17, 2007
‘Follow the leader’ has many meanings. It can be a simple child’s game, or it can refer to something much more serious. We follow the leader in a parade, or there will be chaos; we follow the leader out of a burning building, or we might lose our lives; we follow political leaders by supporting their policies, and we follow religious leaders by upholding their decisions. In many ways ‘follow the leader’ is really serious business.
January 12, 2011
A Word from CTU What is happening to our world? It has been assaulted by the tsunamis that devastated parts of Japan last week and the countries around the Indian Ocean (2004), the tragic Hurricane Katrina (2005), floods in Australia that covered an area the size of France and Germany combined (2011), and the earthquakes that destroyed Northeastern Japan and Christchurch, New Zealand (2011). Many people believe that God is punishing us for our sins. Is this true?
March 24, 2011
Scripture Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 22, 2011)

May 20, 2011
Scripture Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 15, 2012)

January 12, 2012
Scripture Reflection for the Second sunday in ordinary time (January 20, 2013)

January 17, 2013
Scripture Reflection For The Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 17, 2013)

Scripture ReflectionIsaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126:1-6 Philippians 3:8-14 John 8:1-11

March 14, 2013
Scripture Reflection for Pentecost Sunday (May 19, 2013)

Scripture Readings: Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Romans 8:8-17 John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26

May 16, 2013
Scripture Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 19, 2014)

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6 Psalm 40 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 John 1:29-34

January 15, 2014
Scripture Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent (March 16, 2014)

Scripture Readings: Genesis 12:1-4a Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20+22 2 Timothy 1:8b-10 Matthew 17:1-9

March 13, 2014
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