The Angel & the Ass

When I drew up the original table of contents for what became Christ in His Saints (Conciliar Press, 2004), it included some names that did not find their way into the published work. I had hoped to say something about King Hezekiah, for instance, and some characters in the Gospels.

These got elbowed out of the final version, however, by other folks who came to my attention later and pretty much demanded inclusion. There was Shamgar the Judge, for example, who warned me that I could keep him out only at the risk of a poke from his trusty ox goad. Recalling those six hundred Philistines whom he had thus dispatched,

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).

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