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Solomon Always Rings Twice

The Ring of Solomon, by Jonathan Stroud – When I wrote about the Testament of Solomon, Amy mentioned this book, which expands on the idea of Solomon being a magician who has a ring that gives him power over demons. … Continue reading

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Rasta Row the Boat Ashore

In my series of religion posts, I’ve been examining different religions, explaining what I know about them and trying to find out more. I’m running out of major religions to cover, but here’s another one from the twentieth century: Rastafarianism. … Continue reading

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Putting the Chemosh On

A little research into Biblical history reveals that, before becoming monotheistic, the worship of Yahweh that would eventually develop into Judaism was henotheistic. That is, while Yahweh was viewed as the main god and the national deity of Israel and … Continue reading

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Better Than Ezra

The origins of most traditional religions are lost in the mists of ancient history, leaving only myths behind. Despite what biblical literalists might argue, Judaism is no exception to this. Modern scholars can’t be totally sure Moses even existed, let … Continue reading

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The Blood of Kings

If the monarchical system is obsessed with one thing, it’s bloodlines. And if it’s obsessed with two things, the other one is authority from God. So it’s no surprise that a few different royal families traced their lineage to King … Continue reading

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Kings’ Things

David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible’s Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition, by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman – This book combines archaeology and historical study to try to separate fact from fiction in … Continue reading

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Church of Woman-Hating

While religion is not the only source of prejudice against various groups, it’s often used to defend such beliefs. While there are some strong female characters in the Bible, its general portrayal of women is of a group inherently inferior … Continue reading

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