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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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It’s in Revelations, People!

Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, by Elaine Pagels – I’ve written quite a bit on the book of Revelation, sometimes in relation to modern Christians who can’t wait for the world to end, but also … Continue reading

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The Bible Barcode

WordPress says that this is my 666th post on this blog, and since I don’t want to squander this opportunity, here’s a post on how the Mark of the Beast is hidden in barcodes. See, in the Universal Product Code, … Continue reading

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Bigger Carp to Fry

The development of Christianity is a tricky subject, especially when dealing with the really early history of the Church. The Catholic Church likes to claim that there’s an unbroken line of succession of bishops from Jesus’ apostles to the present … Continue reading

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We Didn’t Start the Fire

This week, we take a break from the early Christians I’ve been discussing in the past few posts in this series, and look at the reaction of the Roman government to the new religion. For the most part, it appears … Continue reading

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