A weekly commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary

This weekly substack is based on the RCL as used in The Episcopal Church (USA etc.). It is intended to offer some exegetical and other reflective commentary that is “pre-homiletical,” with a view to encouraging the use of critical biblical study as a resource for preaching and study.

These are offered to the wider Church as part of the work of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, by Andrew McGowan, its Dean.

About the author

Andrew McGowan (b. 1961) is an Australian Anglican who studied Classics (University of Western Australia) and Theology (Trinity College, Melbourne, through what is now the University of Divinity) before doctoral studies in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame under Harold W. Attridge. He has taught early Christian history, liturgical, and biblical studies at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge Mass., at Trinity College in Melbourne, and for the last ten years at Yale. His author of Ascetic Eucharists (Oxford, 1999), Ancient Christian Worship (Baker, 2014), and Seven Last Words (Cascade, 2021), and numerous articles on eucharistic origins and early Christian thought and practice in journals including the Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Theological Studies, Harvard Theological Review, and Journal of Early Christian Studies. He was editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies 2013-2020.

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Comment from Andrew McGowan of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, mostly on the Revised Common Lectionary.


Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, scholar of early Christianity, baker of bread.