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Aug
22

2,000 Years of Money and Politics

2,000  YEARS of MONEY AND POLITICS   Huffington Post: Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million At Private Meeting To Beat Obama  Money has been talking for thousands of years. Even Jonathan, the brother of the Jewish freedom fighter Judah Maccabee, starting in 152 BCE, was persuaded by promises of military honors, government power and the high priesthood, to use his guerilla troops to back three...
Feb
16

GORY STORIES: Hellenistic rulers off their own

GORY STORIES: Hellenistic rulers off their own There was enough blood and intrigue in the Hellenistic courts to satisfy even a 21st century TV audience. Incest went hand-in-hand with murder in the Hellenistic dynasties of Egypt and Syria in the first and second centuries BCE. POTBELLIED EGYPTIAN KING With unseemly relish, the Macedonian rulers of Egypt, enthroned in Alexandria,  adopted the Egyptian Pharaohs’ practice of brother-sister marriages....
Dec
22

Judah to Jesus: After the Maccabees

Judah to Jesus: After the Maccabees Woodcut of Judah Maccabee at the gates of Jerusalem Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794–1872)The Bible in Pictures POST-MODERN HANUKKAH The rabbis of the Talmud asked the question, Mai Hanukkah? What’s this Hanukkah business? I was equally confused when I was a kid. In fact, when I first heard of it, I told my mom, “a girl in my kindergarten class says she’s getting a harmonica. Can I have one, too?” Mom...

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