Codex’s Notes

References from my blog:
Created 22 Jul 2021
  • Transubstantiation in Scripture
    11 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    After the consecration of the bread and of the wine, the bread is transmuted, transubstantiated, converted and transformed into the true Body Itself of the Lord… and the wine is converted and transubs...
  • The Tomb, the Womb, and the Ark
    09 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    It's incredibly beautiful how Genesis ends by telling us that Joseph was placed "in a coffin (בָּאָר֖וֹן) in Egypt" (Genesis 50:26). The word used for "coffin" is actually the word "Ark," as in "the A...
  • The Word of Yahweh
    06 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Famously, St. John opens his Gospel by stating, “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Greek word used here...
  • Isaiah's Seven Nations
    05 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Isaiah 11:11 speaks of eschatological blessing for seven nations: Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar (Babylon), and Hamath. Isaiah 13-19 speaks of judgements on seven gentile nations: Babylon...
  • Conceived in Iniquity
    20 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    Psalm 51 begins with David asking God, “Wash me (כַּבְּסֵ֣נִי) thoroughly from my iniquity… Purge me (תְּחַטְּאֵ֣נִי) with hyssop, and I shall be clean (וְאֶטְהָ֑ר); wash me (תְּ֝כַבְּסֵ֗נִי), and I s...
  • Joseph's Resurrection
    14 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    The theme of death and resurrection is all over Genesis, and finds its climax in the story of Joseph, which is all about going “down” and coming back “up.” In Genesis 37, Joseph's brothers plan to kil...
  • Royalty, Blood, and Wine
    12 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    In Genesis 49:8-13 we’re told that Judah is the royal tribe, the one from whom “the scepter” shall not depart, and in this context it’s said of Judah, “he has washed his garments in wine and his vestu...
  • The Gate of Eden
    12 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    I think a compelling case can be made that the phrase, “Sin is crouching (רֹבֵ֑ץ) at the door (לַפֶּ֖תַח)” in Genesis 4:6 refers to the gate of Eden (and the serpent crouching there). The main thrust ...
  • The Land of Goshen
    12 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    The word “best” (מֵיטַב) is only used in two places in the Torah, Genesis 47:6-11 and Exodus 22:5. In the former case, it’s talking about the land of Goshen, “the best” land in Egypt; and in the latte...
  • Original Sin in the Orthodox Tradition
    28 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    St. Irenaeus of Lyons (2nd century): He clearly shows forth God Himself, whom indeed we had offended in the first Adam, when he did not perform His commandment. In the second Adam, however, we are rec...
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