On this day, six years ago, this is how I closed off the comments of thanksgiving prefacing the doctoral thesis on Genesis 3,15. I call the conversion of Saint Paul (today’s feast), the feast of Saint Paul’s reception of the enmity (as described in Genesis 3,15):
Rome – 25 January 2007
Feast of the reception of enmity by Saul of Tarsus
וַיְמַהֵר וַיִּקְרָא בְּבָתֵּי כְנֵסִיּוֹת אֶת־יֵשׁוּעַ לֵאמֹר כִּי־הוּא בֶּן־הָאֱלֹהִים הוּא ׃ (Acts 9,20)
Saint Paul understands Genesis 3,15. That’s why the more knuckleheaded of the past 60 years of commentary, say, on Romans 5,12, utterly ignores Genesis. Interesting, no? If one part of scripture clearly explicitly commenting on another part of scripture, one has to take a look at that other part of Scripture, no? But it’s not done. I’ll try to rectify that with a popular version of thesis, where I mentioned this difficulty. This is very much what Holy Souls Hermitage is all about. Yikes!