Category Archives: History

A Man Who Things Happen To

One of the most notable aspects of Isaac is that he is a man who things happen to.  There are some people in scripture who are best known for what they do.  We imagine Moses holding his staff over the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hillel: If Not Now, When?

Hillel:  If Not Now, When?, by Joseph Telushkin In general, I enjoyed reading this book.  For one, I must admit that my knowledge of the Jewish context of the New Testament, even when I do not consider writers like this … Continue reading

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All The Right Moves

One of the bands that I do not think is well understood is OneRepublic.  The band exists, it seems, because lead singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder does not appear to want to be a solo artist.  To be sure, he could be.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Plutarch’s Lives

Plutarch’s Lives of Themistocles, Pericles, Aristides, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Demosthenes and Cicero, Caesar and Antony, edited by Charles W. Eliot A friend of mine purchased this book and sent it to me, and I have to admit I was pleased … Continue reading

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My Thoughts On The Worst Pop Music Of 2018

A lot of the people I follow online make a lot of comments about terrible music, and this particular time of year is known among the music reviewing community as Lismas.  Lacking the sort of computer hardware to do vlogging … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem

The Archaeology Of Jerusalem:  From The Origins To The Ottomans, by Katharina Galor and Hanswulf Bloedhorn This particular book is one that seeks to toe a difficult line between showing appreciation for all aspects of the past and wrestling with … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jesus

A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jesus:  Reading The Gospels On The Ground, by Bruce N. Fisk This is a rather ambivalent book in many ways.  The author combines a certain sense of openness with a desire to rise above orthodox certainty … Continue reading

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It’s All Fair Game

In our contemporary age, once someone is a public figure every aspect of their lives and behavior is viewed as fair game in attempting to destroy or discredit them.  It should be noted, though, that this tendency is not limited … Continue reading

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Book Review: 428 AD

428 AD:  An Ordinary Year At The End Of The Roman Empire, by Guisto Traina This book was a very enjoyable one to read, and followed the pattern of a few books that view a particular time rather than a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Collapse And Recovery Of The Roman Empire

The Collapse And Recovery Of The Roman Empire, by Michael Grant The third century was a period of remarkable stress for the Roman Empire, and as someone who reads a lot about Roman history [1], it was pretty obvious that … Continue reading

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