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Your Letters Are Numbered

Since I wrote a post about the development of the alphabet, I thought I’d also do one on numerals. For some cultures, they’re actually the same thing. Both Hebrew and Greek letters each had a numerical value, starting with the … Continue reading

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We’ve Got Your Number

Picture by John Vernon Lord I mentioned on Twitter last night that, when I hear the number forty-two, I don’t think of Jackie Robinson, but rather of Douglas Adams or Lewis Carroll. I guess that’s largely because I’m just not … 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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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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Down with Dogma

In this post, I paraphrased Mark 2:27: “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” This got me thinking about the original passage, and how it’s a case of Jesus flatly … Continue reading

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