Marie-Joseph Lagrange, O.P. was utterly alone in his brilliantly respectful dialogue with all that is Jewish. Respect is also mercy, is it not? He was, of course, punished. He was silenced. His books were burned. But the Holy Office came to his defense, alas, long after he was dead, but it was a most extraordinary defense. I feel quite close to him, having had a chat with Saint John Paul II about an aspect of this Dominican priest’s cause, and because he was central to the attitude, if you will, which I had in writing my thesis on Genesis 2,4a–3,24.