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Do You Hear What Herod Hears?

When you think of Christmas villains, who comes to mind? The Grinch? The Krampus? Burgermeister Meisterburger? The Awgwas? Well, how about Herod the Great, the King of Judea who tried to have Jesus killed? Well, at least that’s what the … Continue reading

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The Doctor Is In

One god who doesn’t get discussed all that much but has had a lasting impact on our culture is Asclepius, the god of physicians. Actually, early sources, such as the Homeric Hymns, refer to him not as a god, but … Continue reading

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The Man with the Talking Ass

No, not Jim Carrey, but Balaam, a character who appears in the Biblical book of Numbers. Basically, the story has it that Balaam, who was essentially a curse-speaker for hire, was ordered by King Balak of Moab to curse the … Continue reading

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A Millennium of Elvis

Ancient Israel: Myths and Legends, by Angelo S. Rappoport – This is actually a collection of three books in one volume, all dealing with Jewish mythology that expands on stories and characters from the Bible. In addition to material from … Continue reading

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Better Go See Elijah

I’ve written about the prophet Elijah a few times, but I’ve only just become aware of a rabbinical tradition that identifies him as the same person as Phinehas. So who was Phinehas? He was the son of Eleazar, who in … Continue reading

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Baha’i Times

It’s not uncommon for one religion to use another as a jumping-off point, as Christianity did with Judaism and Islam did with both of those. The Baha’i Faith, founded in the nineteenth century, continues with this tradition, having developed from … Continue reading

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Not Built in a Day

Since the date of our New Year dates back to the Romans, what better to write about today than the myths surrounding the founding of Rome? Of course, the year didn’t start on the first of January at that point. … Continue reading

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