The late Oliver Sacks on Celebrating Sabbath

MY mother and her 17 brothers and sisters had an Orthodox upbringing — all photographs of their father show him wearing a yarmulke, and I was told that he woke up if it fell off during the night. My father, too, came from an Orthodox background. Both my parents were very conscious of the Fourth … Continue reading The late Oliver Sacks on Celebrating Sabbath

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, … Continue reading History of Nehemiah

Job on life

Job xiii. verses 1-2“Man, born of woman, lives but a few days, 2 and they are nothing but trouble.  2 He grows up like a flower in a beautiful meadow, and then just as suddenly, withers away; " On a bad day, it does feel like that, on a good one, it's just like heaven. … Continue reading Job on life

Pentecost Sunday June 4th, 2017

Reading After the Saviour's Ascension into the Heavens, the eleven Apostles and the rest of His disciples, the God-loving women who followed after Him from the beginning, His Mother, the Holiest Virgin Mary, and His brethren-all together about 120 souls returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem. Entering into the house where they gathered, … Continue reading Pentecost Sunday June 4th, 2017

Venus is not Ishtar or Ashoreth

Venus is a planet in our solar system.  She was also called Ishtar by the Babylonians and Astarte by the Phoenicians, , but the Bible has no record of either name.   Instead, we know her by Ashoreth which becomes Aphrodite in Ancient Greece. The Babylonian Ishtar represented the evening and morning stars and was accordingly … Continue reading Venus is not Ishtar or Ashoreth

Babylonian God Nebo – Mercury

Babylonia had many gods, one of which was Nebo or Nabo. He was a prophet or herald and patron of scholars and the god of astrology. He was later picked up by the Ancient Greeks as Hermes and the Romans Mercury. He is in the Old Testament, but not as a god worshiped, but as … Continue reading Babylonian God Nebo – Mercury

What the boundaries of Biblical Israel?

from Deuteronomy16 And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon;17 The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the plain, even … Continue reading What the boundaries of Biblical Israel?

English Poet Samuel Butler + James 3

 "...there is no mistake so great as that of being always right." —SAMUEL BUTLER, 17th-century British satirist Samuel Butler, (baptized February 8, 1612, Strensham,Worcestershire, England—died September 25, 1680, London) was an English  poet and satirist. He is famous for penning Hudibras, a  burlesque poem and the first English satire to make a notable and successful attack … Continue reading English Poet Samuel Butler + James 3

Psalms: Shine On

Psalm 139: 12  Yes, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: for the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.......Webster's Revised Bible, 1833This is repeated in the Book of Job as well as the famous 23rd Psalm.Job, which is considered one of the earliest books written.   In … Continue reading Psalms: Shine On

Karnak in Genesis

Johnny Carson did skits of Karnak the Great, where he spoofed magicians & psychics.  You can catch a show at the end. Temple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt The modern day Luxor is what the ancient Greeks called Thebes and the Egyptians called Waset.  It is in Upper Egypt, about 312 miles south of Cairo and … Continue reading Karnak in Genesis