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Quran So Far Away

I’ve now read through the Quran, mostly using this translation. I know it’s really only considered authentic in Arabic, but I can’t read that language. Discussing Islam can be kind of awkward, especially because the amount of Islamophobia in the … Continue reading

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Oh, What a Jubilee There Will Be

I had started reading the Book of Jubilees some years ago, but I don’t think I ever finished, so I returned to it recently. It’s a pseudepigraphic work, attributed to Moses based on dictation straight from God, but it’s generally … Continue reading

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You Can’t Sit at Our Table

Today, I wanted to look at the Table of Nations from Genesis 10. The Hebrew word that’s usually translated “nations” is goyim, which became gentilis in the Latin Vulgate. Both words have come to mean non-Jewish people in general, and … Continue reading

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Troglodyte Tuesday

I mentioned in my review of Rick Riordan’s The Tower of Nero that I liked the way it portrayed the troglodytes, and since I don’t think I’ve done it before, I might as well take a look at the origins … Continue reading

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The Fellowship of Hell Can’t Help You Now

The History of Hell, by Alice K. Turner – Erica Olivera recommended this book to me, and I quite liked it. In a casual style, it explores the concept of Hell throughout history, in both religion and popular culture. It … Continue reading

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The Simple Life

Something I’ve been looking into recently is the idea that the book of Genesis has, at least in parts, a bias against civilization. I don’t mean so much in the sense of polite behavior, but as in the more historical … Continue reading

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I Have Learned the Value of Human Sacrifice

Human sacrifice is a quite controversial subject, as a lot of the information we have on it was provided by enemy cultures that might have been trying to slander other groups. It kind of seemed to me that people who … Continue reading

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Burn Up the Old, Ring in the New

I have to say that I find the notion of religious sacrifice to be rather interesting. I don’t mean sacrifice in the broadest sense of simply giving up something you care about, but the offering of objects, animals, and sometimes … Continue reading

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Getting to Know the Gods

Abraham’s Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, by Bruce Chilton – Chilton, the Professor of Religion at Bard College, looks at Abraham’s intended sacrifice of his son and how it influenced the Abrahamic religions. While the … Continue reading

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You Always Hurt the One You Love

Beth sent me a link to this post the other day, and there’s also been a lot of talk about the football player who got in trouble for hitting his kid. I can’t say I’m totally decided on whether corporal … Continue reading

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