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When the World and I Were Young

Continuing on the theme of calendars from another recent post, I’ve done some investigation into different calculations of the age of the world. The Jewish calendar and the traditional Byzantine one both date from the Anno Mundi, or Year of … Continue reading

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Magic

The word “magic,” with or without the K at the end that Aleister Crowley preferred, derives from “magus,” a term for a Zoroastrian priest. I’ve seen indications that it might have referred to a specific tribe or caste. When the … Continue reading

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Is Saul Also Among the Prophets?

It’s pretty obvious that the Bible contains a lot of contradictions, although those who believe the whole thing to be the totally accurate Word of God tend to either ignore them or come up with convoluted workarounds. The way I … Continue reading

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Too Pooped to Koop

Mamma mia! It’s a Super Mario Bros. cartoon! Several of them, in fact. The Mark of Zero – Our first parody for the week is of Zorro. I can’t say I know that much about the character, but I did … Continue reading

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The Bible Says a Lot of Things

One thing I’ve found is that, when someone discusses the Bible from a secular perspective, there will be devout believers who get angry about it, even though no one is actually attacking their faith. I guess part of the problem … Continue reading

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This Matrimony Is Full of Holes!

I seem to recall reading that the phrase “sanctity of marriage” wasn’t used until fairly recently, and was pretty much just a response to how marriage is changing in our society. That must not be entirely true, because a quick … Continue reading

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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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Art of Darkness

It seems like, whenever a pop culture phenomenon involves magic, there are fundamentalists complaining that it’s evil. Strange, because I’ve never seen any evidence of people actually working the spells in Harry Potter or Dungeons & Dragons, whether for good … Continue reading

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