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A Shekel a Dozen

It’s well attested that ancient Israel was made up of twelve tribes, but exactly what those tribes were varies from one list to another. Typically, they’re said to be Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Zebulun, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Ephraim, Manasseh, and … Continue reading

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Legends of the Levant

Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times, by Donald B. Redford – This was an interesting read. The prose was rather dry and a LOT of information was packed in, but I guess I’m putting my history degree to use. … Continue reading

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A Long Walk Off a Short Pyramid

Dr. Ben Carson has been the subject of much mockery for a lot of reasons, but one of the most prominent is that he thought Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Apparently he didn’t even make this up; it’s … Continue reading

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Song of Serapis

I just finished reading The Staff of Serapis, by Rick Riordan, a follow-up to his The Son of Sobek. Like its predecessor, it’s a crossover between his Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicles series, featuring characters from both and … Continue reading

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Anoint Me Slowly

I’ve recently seen it suggested that the practice of anointing an official in oil dates back to Egypt, where such a ceremony is represented in images of coronations. It has been proposed that, symbolically speaking, the anointment transfers the power … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of Celsus

Christianity attracted criticism from followers of other religions (and no religion) from its early days, and some of those criticisms are still in use today by heretics like me. {g} A man named Celsus was one of the better-known critics, … Continue reading

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Being Carded

Just recently, my wife asked me an interesting question, which is how the standard suits on playing cards originated. I knew that there were some decks with different suits, like your basic Tarot deck, but not how anybody decided upon … Continue reading

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