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Anawim in Florida?  Who knew?!
H/T to the indispensable Bill Ditewig: deacon with a sharp eye!  (And a handy cell phone…)

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Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher

posted February 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I don’t get it…?

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posted March 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Neither do I……what are we missing?

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Steve P

posted March 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Dunno… maybe Dcn. Greg just posted this an-a-wim?
(sorry– couldn’t resist!)

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted March 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Read all about the Anawim here.

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Bill Ditewig

posted March 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Here’s the “rest of the story” (as old Paul Harvey used to say):
At the University where I am now teaching, we have a group of current and recently graduated students who really had to put up with a lot of crises, both personal and academic, while they were here. A couple of us on the Theology faculty referred to them as our “anawim”: the “faithful remnant” who in their desperation and need turned to God for their salvation. This is precisely what these students did and continue to do. There are a very special group of students in our eyes and hearts, and now whenever I hear the term “Anawim” I think of them.
I was returning from directing a retreat in Orlando this past weekend and saw the sign and had to stop and snap a picture. I posted it to my Facebook page so my students could see it, and that’s where Deacon Greg found it.
I’m happy to brag on my students!!
God bless,

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posted March 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm

The anawim are the true poor in spirit. For further instruction on the anawim, read Joachim Jeremias’ book on the Parables.

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Steve Kimes

posted March 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm

“Anawim” is a Hebrew word used all throughout the Hebrew Scriptures to indicate the poor who are seeking God for deliverance. “Poor” could be those who are oppressed, outcast, persecuted or economically destitute. Jeremias’ book is good, but the most thorough discussion on them is in The Birth of the Messiah by Raymond Brown.
I have a pretty complete discussion of Jesus’ theology of the Anawim in the “teaching” section of my website, which is already referenced above.

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