Category Archives: History

Book Review: Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right

Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right, by Ambroe Bierce and Jan Freeman This is a complicated book.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is not necessarily a good thing as well.  Once upon a time I came across … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Devil’s Dictionary

The Devil’s Dictionary:  Complete And Unabridged, by Ambrose Bierce The author was a Civil War veteran and a notoriously sardonic man most famous for this book.  This book is evidence that even when someone is deliberately trying to be on … Continue reading

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And She Likes Everyone

There are many ways in which someone can be a cultural innovator or trendsetter, and strangely enough I often find myself puzzled by the way that Justin Bieber serves in that role as a musician despite the fact that at … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: How Was Junia Of Note Among The Apostles?

Sometimes mysteries return again and again for one to ponder over and wrestle with.  So it is with today’s mystery, an example of a situation where the place and role of a person mentioned only once in the scriptures becomes … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Billy Idol

Anyone who remembers the early days of MTV and long afterward likely has some favorite moment related to Billy Idol.  For some, it is the inventive and creative music videos that he performed for songs like “White Wedding” and “Rebel … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes:  Cultural Studies In The Gospels, by Kenneth E. Bailey Although I feel it necessary to say at the outset that I do not agree with all of the author’s comments and I have a different … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dining With Al-Qaeda

Dining With Al-Qaeda:  Three Decades Exploring The Many Worlds Of The Middle East, by Hugh Pope I must admit that the more I read about this book the more unlikeable I found the author and his perspective.  The fact that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tail Wags The Dog

The Tail Wags The Dog:  International Politics And The Middle East, by Efraim Karsh Not everyone is going to like this book, but I loved this book.  The author, himself a scholar of international relations with an Israeli background and … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 14:34-35: Let [Your] Women Keep Silent: Part Four

What does one do when one understands 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, especially in context, to mean something different than it has often been interpreted?  This is by no means a straightforward question, since a great deal depends on who one is … Continue reading

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They Did Not Enlarge The Circle Of Her Acquaintance

Recently I was reading a biography of Jane Austen (review forthcoming) and I found a rather poignant extended quotation about the life and social circle of Jane Austen from her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh, who was one of her first … Continue reading

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