Exegetic Homilies

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HOMILY 13

A Psalm of David at the Finishing of the Tabernacle
(ON PSALM 28)

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH PSALM has a general title, for it says, 'A psalm of David,' and it has something specific also, since it adds, 'at the finishing of the tabernacle.' But, what is this? Let us consider what the finishing is and what the tabernacle is, in order that we may be able to meditate on the meaning of the psalm. Now, as regards the history, it will seem that the order was given to the priests and Levites who had acquitted themselves of the work to remember what they ought to prepare for the divine service. Scripture, furthermore, solemnly declares to those going out and departing from the tabernacle what it is proper for them to prepare and to have for their assembly on the following day: namely, 'offspring of rams, glory and honor, glory to his name'; likewise it declares that nowhere else is it becoming to worship except in the court of the Lord and in the place of holiness. 1 But, according to our mind which contemplates the sublime and makes the law familiar to us through a meaning which is noble and fitted to the divine Scripture, this occurs to us: the ram does not mean the male among the sheep; nor the tabernacle, the building constructed from this inanimate material; and

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Cf. Ps. 28.1, 2: 'Bring to the Lord, O ye children of God: bring to the Lord the offspring of rams. Bring to the Lord glory and honor: bring to the Lord glory to his name: adore ye the Lord in his holy court.'

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Exegetic Homilies *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction vii
  • Homily 1 3
  • Homily 2 21
  • Homily 3 37
  • Homily 4 55
  • Homily 5 67
  • Homily 6 83
  • Homily 7 105
  • Homily 8 117
  • Homily 9 135
  • Homily 10 151
  • Homily 11 165
  • Homily 12 181
  • Homily 13 193
  • Homily 14 213
  • Homily 15 227
  • Homily 16 247
  • Homily 17 275
  • Homily 18 297
  • Homily 19 311
  • Homily 20 333
  • Homily 21 341
  • Homily 22 351
  • Indices *
  • General Index 363
  • Index of Holy Scripture 375
  • The Fathers of the Church *
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