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Rev. Richard J. Cassidy
Fr. Richard J. Cassidy serves as Professor of Sacred Scripture. He is an ordained priest of the Detroit Archdiocese. He holds graduate degrees from the Gregorian University, the University of Michigan, and the Graduate Theological Union.
For decades, Fr. Cassidy has been an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Since 2004 he has been an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. "A Roman Commentary on St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians" is his most recent publication.
WAS JESUS DANGEROUS TO THE ROMAN EMPIRE? Reading the Gospel of Luke in the light of Roman-ruled Palestine, Richard J. Cassidy demonstrates that Jesus was a powerful threat to both the political and social structures of his time.
Spanish translation: Jesus, la Politica y Sociedad
Spanish translation: Cartas desde la prision romana
Philippians is St. Paul's final letter. Paul composes this letter as a chained prisoner in Nero's Rome. In Philippians 2:6-11 Paul sets forth the key insights he has gained from pondering the meaning of Jesus Christ. Paul begins this passage by indicating that Jesus emptied himself downward to take on the identity and the death of a slave. In 2:9-11 Paul indicates the Father's astonishing restoration of Jesus to the highest place. The Father bestows the name, "Lord," upon Jesus. When this name is pronounced every person must bow profoundly and this includes the likes of Tiberius, Pilate, Claudius, and Nero. Slaves and all of creation then join in proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.