Category Archives: History

The Legend Of The Phoenix In The Epistle Of 1 Clement

Many contemporaries are aware of the legend of the phoenix.  Fans of the Harry Potter series will note that J.K. Rowling integrated this legend into her novels in a variety of ways, with having both Harry Potter and Tom Riddle … Continue reading

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The Epistle Of 1 Clement And The Prelude To Papal Claims Of Authority

It is perhaps little surprise that the first time that a congregation seeks to interfere in the leadership of another congregation, that the interfering congregation happens to be Rome and that the move to bolster friendly authorities in another congregation … Continue reading

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Book Review: Allegiances

Allegiances, by William Stafford What is the significance of a title of a book of poems?  When one is reading a book by William Stafford, of which there are many [1], it is easy to be aware of the combination … Continue reading

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Rethinking Polycarp As A Friend Of The Sabbath

Was Polycarp a friend to genuine Christianity?  If there is one Apostolic Father that is recognized by a large proportion of members of the Church of God, it is Polycarp [1], and he is recognized primarily for his opposition to … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: Three Days And Three Nights

Yesterday while I was at services in my usual congregation, I was asked by one of my fellow brethren to help him with a question a Quaker had asked him concerning the expression “three days and three nights” in Hebrew.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Woman Of Strength

Woman Of Strength:  Learning From The Proverbs 31 Woman, by the editors of Servant Books There are a few things that a cautious reader should know going into this book.  For one, although this book is organized around the theme … Continue reading

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Quadratus The Obscure

By far the most obscure of the Apostolic Fathers is Quadratus, of whom one Christian site [1] says the following: “Quadratus is spoken of by Eusebius as a “man of understanding and of Apostolic faith.” And he celebrates Aristides as … Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism In Ignatius Of Antioch’s Epistles

Having examined several aspects of Ignatius of Anticoh’s writings, it is worthwhile at this point to spend a bit of time looking at how he showed hostility to Jews and to the Sabbath, which was connected in his mind with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece From Prehistoric To Hellenistic Times, by Thomas R. Martin When an author has roughly 200 pages to cover the entirety of Greek history from prehistoric times to the Hellenistic age [1], you get a real sense of their … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Before & After Alexander

Before & After Alexander:  The Legend And Legacy Of Alexander The Great, by Richard A. Billows Sometimes I go seeking out for books to review, and sometimes I am sought out to review books, and this book is definitely an … Continue reading

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