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The Ten Words for All: God's Commandments to Moses (Studying the Word)

Elpidio Pezzella's text on the Ten Words (ten commandments) is appreciable above all for one thing: the effort to lower the depth of this biblical text into wider community reflection which can be considered one of the fundamental texts of humanity. Pastoral reflections

(with inevitable implications of a moral nature) are within the reach of every reader, without renouncing to have as a starting point a correct and founded analysis of the text as demonstrated by the essential bibliography that supports the essay; his reading flows pleasantly and does not fail to arouse some useful reflection for sometimes even a little provocative statements.

 

Carmine Napolitano
Dean Pentecostal Faculty of Religious Sciences

The Ten Words for All: God's Commandments to Moses (Studying the Word)

Infinite words, millions of texts have followed over the centuries to describe and tell the preciousness that

it is contained in the 10 commandments, the text of pastor Elpidio Pezzella does not promise to be one among many, but simply among those many he chose a non-specialist public, no learned, simply "for everyone". Although much has been said about the 10 commandments, the awareness remains that they still contain an immense infinity for us to be finished, often we have limited ourselves to imparting a new mnemonic knowledge of them to the new generations. This knowledge,
albeit questionable, it is slowly and inexorably losing itself, eluding the awareness that contemporary society should be based on these ten milestones. The text that you will find in front of you has decided to be fluent, direct and simple terms of a writer who has decided not to strut knowledge, but the deep desire to share a precious treasure with
the community, almost like an explorer who discovers a mine and is aware that to dig it it needs help, to share that magnificent discovery without greed. The phrases of Cicero sound current, looking in his historical epoch, he says: "Oh mores o tempora", referring to the evil times in which he lived, where the ancient and sacred costumes of the fathers had become dirty, how ancient the thought of the great speaker who has ever lived. The Ten Commandments represent the solution to this corruption, so that today's society can affirm by referring to the children of God as Ramesses said: “Their god…. and me".

Ismaele La Vardera
Expert in communication, he has collaborated with several newspapers such as Il Giornale
of Sicily, Siciliaonpress.com, Trinacrianews24.it and many others

The Ten Words for All: God's Commandments to Moses (Studying the Word)

Nobody feels left out. Elpidio Pezzella's latest literary effort is not a text for specialists but for the general public. It was conceived and thought to be a popular book. The author repeatedly stresses this in the introduction to "The Ten Words for All. God's commandments to Moses". A text devoid of linguistic and stylistic preciousness, but rich in spiritual content and, as one would have said in the past among fervent Pentecostals, full of doctrinal cues. A sober form, but capable of catching the reader's attention on a subject as much discussed as little, alas, known in its true meaning: the Ten Commandments. The historical value of the Ten Words given to Moses is well known: films, books, literature and performances have contributed to spreading its fame. But this biblical passage is first of all the Word of God that speaks to the hearts of men.

Everyone, therefore, talks about it but the author, quoting the writer Georges Andrè, rightly makes us reflect on one point: "" We must stand before the ten commandments and ask, seriously and honestly, if, one after the other, you can observe them. "

Here, I believe that the author has answered this question in this book. He reminded us and demonstrated that the Ten Commandments are current, still valid for a Christian. He did it with the support of the Bible, without too many turns of words, but with the classic "Pentecostal method": reading and analyzing the text, and I am sure of it, all accompanied by prayer. Yes, because I found this edifying book. The Ten Commandments are not old-fashioned, past or set. They deserve study and meditation by a believer. This book is a good way to start doing it and, as in my case, to do it again. But not just to limit themselves to this, but also to observe them.

Elpidio Pezzella, as he has already shown in the conduction of the television program broadcast on Teleoltre "Studying the Word", confirmed his ability to comment on the Holy Bible clearly, with an exhibition method that manages to capture the attention of most. This time he did it not on the screen, but by offering us this volume. Finally, I agree when the author in the text "denounces" a spectacularization of faith and spirituality. A phenomenon that must be reduced. The antidote to fighting this secularization of churches and believers is a return to the roots. Pezzella, with this book, has shown us how to return to retrace "ancient paths".


Alessandro Iovino

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The Ten Words for All: God's Commandments to Moses (Studying the Word)

"The ten words for all: the commandments of God to Moses" is the last book I read. Of his brother, friend and pastor Elpidio Pezzella. I read it, I said and I prayed also thanks to this text, obviously accompanied by my inseparable Bible.

I recommend it to everyone because it addresses a topic that many consider difficult, obsolete, or which, worse still, would have nothing to say to a Christian, because, many, too many say, today, "the Christian has the Gospel and that's enough", or "the Christian must just love".

Unfounded claims, more than absurd. As if the legacy of Israel did not exist, as if Jesus did not belong, as a man, to the people of the ancient covenant.

As if Jesus had not said "not one iota of this book will perish", constantly referring to the observance of the ten words spoken by God and entrusted to Moses and the people of Israel, and as if it were possible to 'just love' without this 'love' should not materialize in gestures, behaviors, rules, laws and anything else consistent with the original "ten words for all".

The thing I liked most about this book is the argumentative simplicity that never becomes, however, pass the neologism, "simpleness", which always and in any case renders the depth of the biblical text, which refers and pushes the deepening of the "words" , which suggests new tracks for reading.

The Bible is explained with the Bible and with the faith of the writer and the reader and prayer.

We see that the book is written by a shepherd, by a man, to put it with a celebrity of our times "who smells like sheep", but even more, I say, by a man who tries to bring the perfume of Christ to his brothers and sisters, whom the Eternal has entrusted to him.

With this writing, but also with his speech (since I had the opportunity and the good fortune to meet him and to listen to him at the IFED conference last September) I assure you that Elpidio does very well!

Luca Zacchi

 

The parrhesía in the first Christian communities according to the book of Acts

The parrhesia: it is frankness, speaking clearly, saying everything, not omitting the truth, speaking "yes, yes, no, no", avoiding the more that comes from the evil one, says Jesus.

The parrhesia: it is not only this, not only a duty of the believer, but also a grace, an ability that is the fruit of the gift of the Spirit, that Spirit who will teach you, teach us, all we have to say, it is good to say, when we are questioned, and even when we are not, because we still have the duty, with parrhesia, to account for the hope that is in us.

Being open to the parrhesia is a duty of the Christian community, which must be available to be filled by the Spirit, through faithful and constant listening to the Word of God.

Vittorio Subilia, Waldensian theologian whose works I studied thoroughly preparing my (never discussed) doctoral thesis for the Waldensian Faculty of Theology, in his work for Protestantism (1966, No. 1, p. 10) had to identify the problem of a deference of the Church towards the world that ends up materializing in a paradoxical "conformism to unbelief".

Without the deference to the Spirit, without the openness to the parrhesia required by the Word of God, the church ends up disobeying her Lord, what is written in chapter 12 of the letter to the Romans.

"2 Do not conform to this world, but be transformed through the renewal of your mind, so that you will know from experience what the will of God is, the good, welcome and perfect will".

Vittorio Subilia was an easy prophet, glimpsing the initial drift that his church, the Waldensian church, many churches and believers (not just Waldensians) were starting to take in those years, paradoxically conforming more and more to that world that the Word invited to repudiate.

Parrhesia is to be in the world but not of the world. It is knowing the world, loving it, praying for it, for its conversion, but never reclining, adapting or even approving its logic!

It is not a question of "surprising the world with special effects" but simply of being men and women, believers, Christians, with high fidelity. Faithfulness to the Word of God. Frankness in the announcement of the Word of God. All and without discounts.

Luca Zacchi

 

The vintner and the fig tree: Everyone needs manure

Everyone needs manure. You understood (and read) well. This was stated by Elpidio Pezzella, multifaceted author of books of Christian construction, evangelical pastor and television presenter for the broadcaster "Teleoltre".

Don't think it's a provocation, on the contrary. The topic is serious, very serious.
In his last effort "The winemaker and the fig tree" (the text is available on Amazon) Elpidio Pezzella offers us a study of New Testament exegesis that deserves all the highest consideration.
As in previous volumes already published, and as with the highly successful television broadcasts conducted by him, Pezzella does not renounce the popularization, with a specific approach that allows him to speak to everyone, scholars and simple readers.

The parable under consideration is analyzed and meditated in all its aspects. And as anticipated in the opening, I find it stimulating to dwell on this aspect of manure.
Not to offend anyone, for heaven's sake, but the author specifies that sometimes, as the vintner did, we need to be fertilized. And our spiritual health will benefit.

The author clearly encourages everyone to entrust themselves to God, to be "fertilized" and worked from on high.
And each of us, in turn, must learn to be a good winemaker to be faithful to God.

Alessandro Iovino

The vintner and the fig tree: Everyone needs manure

Each of the parables proposed by the Lord contains possible implications and applications for our life, if we allow words to reveal His will to us. Most of the meditations on the parable of Luke 13: 6-9 have focused attention on the fig tree and on the fact that it does not bear fruit, making it a paradigm of a faith that does not manifest works worthy of Christianity. This text follows a different path that does not ignore the fig tree, but observes it in relation to the winemaker: main object of the proposed reflections. The author, Elpidio Pezzella, is attracted by the fig tree of the parable and the behavior of the winemaker and, in reconsidering them, he meets the attention of those who are feeling the need for the spread of healthy fertilizer on all the trees of the vineyard.

Luca Zacchi

Facebook Netiquette: for a "Christian" use of the most widespread social platform in Italy

In April of this year, I purchased a short booklet by Pastor brother Elpidio Pezzella on Netiquette from Amazon (from English net, "network" and from French etiquette, "good behavior in society", "etiquette"), applied in a particular way to Christians who compare themselves with others, Christians and non-Christians, on the net, especially on social networks, specifically Facebook, in some way the "prince" of generalist social networks.

Someone called it a pamphlet, for its short and concise being. In effect, the author focuses on the essential for the Christian on the net, which is to behave in the virtual world with the same cautions and attentions with which the Christian confronts others in the real world. Neither more nor less. So much so that at the end of the booklet, a sort of summary decalogue has been defined that recalls the ten words of Sinai in a nice and original way.

These found human ethics, before Christian. Elpidio's ten social rules are much more modestly limited to reminding the Christian of his being a creature called to always follow this ethics.

Whether online or not, the Christian is in fact a man of ethics rather than etiquette! A man with an ethics that accompanies him at every step. A man who follows principles, and who knows that these find their ultimate reason for being, their foundation, their cornerstone in Christ Jesus and his Gospel.

Therefore, if it is a good thing to be on Facebook, to compare oneself on social networks, because it is part of our being in the world, it is a good and right thing to do it without being of the world, also showing your diversity on the net, without fear, without fear.

He will think, when the time comes, to separate the good fish from the less ...

 

Luca Zacchi

 
 

Jonah and the unacceptable mercy of God

It is a book to read and reread Jonah, these days, for this generation, strongly tempted to do without God, to draw justice for its own use and consumption, to absolve some, always the same, and to condemn others, always the same, in search of their will and their designs, instead of committing themselves so that the will of God will be done.

"Not as I want, but as you want!": How much are we able to say it, to believe it, to work in this sense?
We read and reread the prophet Jonah, two pages and small change from our Bibles, but as dense as few, and which contain in a few lines everything we need to know, read in the light of Christ and the Gospel.

The book of pastor Elpidio can be a precious guide in this sense.
For the attention he devotes to the theological and pastoral significance of the story of the prophet Jonah, or the character Jonah, and for the updating of it and of the message of the book that bears his name for the New Testament believer and for the believer in recent times.

The constant link that the author makes between the Old and New Testaments is one of the things that I found most interesting about this work. And very useful are the three pages of bibliography, both on paper and online, which Pastor Pezzella provides at the end of the work.

Luca Zacchi

Jonah and the unacceptable mercy of God

The unacceptable mercy of God (Amazon, 2016 - 123 pp.) Proposes an excursus through the biblical book dedicated to the most reluctant prophet, "a text that - explains Pezzella - like every biblical book has had a bursting message in its time and keep talking to those who believe or try to believe ». Jonah, recalls Nicola Palmieri in the introduction, was considered by Luther "a boring and heavy saint who is angry because of God's mercy for sinners", and despite his limitations he is not dismissed by God who rather "continues to follow him" ; in parallel with the experience of every human being, Pezzella outlines the approach of God, who "never escapes the discussion" with us while not indulging our whims or our mental closure. Jonah, Pezzella recalls, talks about the relationship with the foreigner, the temptation of individualism, the security bubble in which we live today: in "a mix of exegetical analysis and pastoral reflections" the author deals with the text in six steps which marked the experience of the prophet, from the departure from God to the obstinacy of God who "overcomes the resistance", from Jonah's grievances to the meaning of the castor, from "dealing with the one who prepares" for the "sign of Jonah" : a reading permeated by the missionary perspective to which every believer should feel called.

Paolo Jugovac, evangelici.net

Jonah and the unacceptable mercy of God

"Jonah, the unacceptable mercy of God" by Elpidio Pezzella has the advantage of taking the reader to an area free from any exegetical rhetoric. Finding oneself with a story ahead, as often happens with any biblical narrative, is the best that can happen. To make the text "speak", one cannot deny the silences and precious voids, foundations of each story which, as this volume underlines, are unexpected ravines, sudden lights. Jonah's journeys are analyzed as a prototype of a humanity that runs away and sets out from and to God's plan. The prophet Jonah is the disobedient prophet, the one closest to our common frailty, who recognizes the divine request as "unacceptable". Pezzella portrays without delay the failure of a relationship, that of man with his God, the desire to travel as a hypothesis of emancipation, to escape the fear of God's command. God's mercy pursues the prophet by preparing a route for man addicting, incredible, extraordinary, fantastic. The further the man moves away, the more a disturbing script is articulated, in which God always has the role of the Savior. My thanks for coming down thanks to this text a little more in mine and in our abyss.

 

Salvatore Manzi

 

Elijah and Elisha

Elijah and Elisha. Life in the midst of death (Amazon, 2017 - 166 pp.) Tries to frame "the relevance of biblical figures that have never faded", in view of a vocation that as Christians "we are called to live simultaneously before God and men "In times when there is no shortage of the Ahab and the Jezebels." The experience of Elijah and Elisha, notes Pezzella, "has a personal, permanent and lasting relationship with God at its base, it does not live by eventualities or extraordinary moments." Eliseo, explains Pezzella, in the various moments of their life they assume their responsibilities towards their generation and transmit their vocation; their primary commitment is "to serve the Lord", "to make him appear alive, to make him see present in his own life. If this is the parameter for evaluating the Elijah, it will be very simple to understand who serves the Lord and who instead uses the name only on the lips. "

Paolo Jugovac, evangelici.net

 

Studiando la Parola

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Ho terminato la lettura del primo volume della collana "Studiando la Parola" a cura del fratello pastore Elpidio Pezzella, da sempre impegnato nella predicazione biblica, in un modo che trovo semplice ma profondo, al quale mi sono così legato che spesso e volentieri mi presto come lettore/revisore/divulgatore dei suoi testi. Il primo volume, corredato (come lo sarà tutta la collana) da sussidi audio e video su Youtube e sulla rete, tratta del mondo della Bibbia. Come è giusto che sia. Il nostro Dio è un Dio Persona, un Dio che si fa conoscere, che si rivela ad un popolo, un Padre che elegge questo popolo, Israele, per i suoi piani, che suscita in questo sacerdoti, profeti e re, che alla fine si incarna in esso, attraverso il "sì" di Maria di Nazareth nella persona del Figlio, vero Dio e vero uomo, che lo ricolma dei suoi doni tramite il soffio dello Spirito Santo. Perciò è importante conoscere tempi, modi, condizioni di tutto quanto Dio ha compiuto nel mondo umano. Così, i primi sette capitoli di questo primo volume dell'opera illustrano, aggiungo in modo egregio e con la chiarezza propria dell'autore, il mondo biblico, Antico e Nuovo Testamento. L'ottavo ed il nono capitolo si occupano di descrivere il processo di formazione del canone, anzi, dei diversi canoni accolti nelle confessioni cristiane, illustra i diversi generi letterari dei libri della Scrittura ed infine si occupano delle questioni teologiche della necessità della Sacra Scrittura e della sua ispirazione. Mi sento di consigliare tranquillamente questo libro, che ha anche il pregio di essere molto economico all'acquisto, a tutti quegli operatori pastorali che stanno programmando corsi di introduzione alla Scrittura, o alla Lectio Divina o a tematiche affini.

Per l'ennesima volta, i miei complimenti ad Elpidio!

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Fonte: https://lucazacchi.blogspot.com/2020/03/studiando-la-parola-volume-i-la.html