History of Nehemiah

the tomb of Xerxes I built by his son, Artaxerxes i Books 1-7 of Nehemiah  are considered his memoirs.  Books 8-12 are  thought to be editted later by the prophet Ezra, but that is problematic because Ezra is traditionally, Ezra (Esdras I+ II) is considered to have been in Jerusaleum thirteen years earlier than Nehemiah, …

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Israel’s new tax bill on Christian churches

For a Sunday during Lent, the  Church of the Holy Sepulchre was closed  and this is could be a while as they are protesting the Israeli government legislation implementing a new city tax policy. The decision was announced on Sunday by the churches sharing the management of the property, the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and the Armenian …

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Melchites, Maronites & Copts

Melchite, also spelled Melkite, are any of the Christians of Syria and Egypt who accepted the ruling of the Council of Chalcedon (451) affirming the two natures—divine and human—of Christ. Because they shared the theological position of the Byzantine emperor, they were derisively termed Melchites—that is, Royalists or the Emperor’s Men (from Syriac malkā: “king”)—by …

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Late Spring by Yasujiro Ozu

Happiness only comes through effort, or so the movie says. The movie Late Spring (Banshun), has shots of toenail clippings or apple peels bridges or segues between the fulness of spring into doldrums of summer, when the flowers wilt from the heat and green foliage overpowers the flowers and it becomes a green world. These …

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Cousin Hatty on Doing Right

How glad it makes me feel at night, When sitting on my mother's knee, To hear her whisper "You've done right, And tried my gentle child to be." But then I feel ashamed and sad If I've been cross and disobeyed, Or if my selfish way I've had When I with other children played. So …

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Non-PC Statues under wraps

From the Federalist, the statues of the Civil War commanders are now under wraps.  Read the article here.  Charlottesville has a tendency to put up bad modern art, and these look like new entries— entitled “Moral Cowardice.” This completes the kind of magical thinking behind the Confederate statues campaign: if we cover the idols of the old …

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Three months later…

Well I did setup the Digital Ocean site, but I cannot import this blog to any other blog without paying someone to do that as i don't know the code to override the WordPress limitations --- so now you know why there are so many cheap WP programmers out there, they've created a whole industry …

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Kimisis August 15th

Eleni Sakellis August 15, 2017 The Panagia and Christ Child icon. Photo by Eleni Sakellis NEW YORK – The Kimisis tis Theotokou or the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15, is also known as the Pascha of Summer, celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, when the Holy Mother of Jesus Christ and therefore, the …

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Why make a study of the bible?

From Dr Briggs’ General Introduction to the Study of Holy Scripture, published by Scribner's 1899.  You can read it on Google or archive.org where they let you download it.  Google has stopped a lot of that, but that's a sick company anyways. 1. Biblical Study is the most important of all studies, for it is …

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