New (to me) Source on the Historical Jesus

I was Googling a bit today and came across UPenn’s category search for the historical figure of Jesus.  It looks to be quite extensive with what appears to be the majority of it available online.  I do not have the time at the moment to browse the site and give it the devotion it seems to deserve, but I thought it pertinent to announce nonetheless.   I think I might need to dedicate a page on my blog to useful links regarding the discussion of the historical figure of Jesus…


How Jim West Spent Snow-Days as a Child


I’m probably finding this relatively late.  But, hilarious…

The US Should Cease Giving Aid to Israel

I completely agree with Jim West.  Read the post:

The time has come for the US to stop giving $3,000,000,000 a year in military aid to Israel.   And I’m not the only one who thinks so.

That’s right- America is underwriting an illegal occupation.  Giving aid to Israel in order for Israel to continue to oppress the Palestinians is immoral.  Your tax dollars are being used for an immoral and unethical program and purpose.  You should say something about it to your Congressman and let the voice of justice and equality and fairness be heard just as loudly as the voice of Christian Zionists and their Congressional lackeys.

The US Should Cease Giving Aid to Israel.

Depravity: 21-Year-Old Bristol Man Stabs Partygoers

Crazy.  Depraved.  Disgusting.

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP)– A 21-year-old Bristol man told police he stabbed four people at a party Saturday night, one fatally, because partygoers were making fun of his flatulence.

Police say Marc Higgins left the party and returned with three knives, stabbing people indiscriminately, according to court documents released Tuesday.

The Hartford Courant, quoting those documents, reported that Higgins told police he was angry at being derided and wanted to teach people that they shouldn’t trifle with him.

Higgins appeared in court Tuesday charged with murder, assault and carrying a dangerous weapon, and was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bond.

Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Walton died of his injuries. The wounds suffered by the other three victims were not life threatening.

via 21-Year-Old Bristol Man Stabs Partygoers, 1 Fatally, Over Flatulence JokesCBS New York – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of NY.

Depravity: Burglars Mistake Cremated Ashes for Drugs

This is depraved on two levels: (1) theft and (2) drug abuse.

MIAMI — Burglars snorted the cremated remains of a man and two dogs in the mistaken belief that they had stolen illegal drugs, Florida sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday.

The ashes were taken from a woman’s home in the central Florida town of Silver Springs Shores on Dec. 15. The thieves took an urn containing the ashes of her father and another container with the ashes of her two Great Danes, along with electronic equipment and jewelry, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators learned what happened to the ashes after they arrested five teens in connection with another burglary attempt at a nearby home last week.

“The suspects mistook the ashes for either cocaine or heroin. It was soon discovered that the suspects snorted some of the ashes believing they were snorting cocaine,” the sheriff’s report said.

Once they realized their error, the suspects discussed returning the remaining ashes but threw them in a lake instead because they thought their fingerprints were on the containers, sheriff’s spokesman Judge Cochran said.

Police divers were trying to recover the ashes. The suspects were jailed on numerous charges of burglary and other crimes

via Burglars mistake man’s ashes for coke, snort away – U.S. news – Weird news –

It’s actually really pathetic that people are this addicted to substances.

Jewish Worship, Pagan Symbols: Zodiac Mosaics in Ancient Synagogues

I usually don’t promote much from BAR, but this article is quite interesting and falls in line with certain subjects I discuss on this blog!  Walter Zanger talks about Jewish synagogues and pagan symbols, notably the zodiac.

Ein Harod is a spring that rises in the valley of Jezreel at the foot of Mt. Gilboa. Gideon gathered his men there to sort out the good soldiers from the bad ones (Judges 7). From the pool, the spring makes its weary and meandering way east down the valley for some 18 km, passing through Beth-Shean to empty into the Jordan River.

A thousand years of neglect had resulted in a valley full of silted and blocked-up waterways creating a marshy and swampy landscape as the spring of Harod—and half a dozen other springs that empty into it—filled the land with water faster than the natural outlets—now blocked—could drain it.

The middle square, the first to be uncovered, was the most spectacular. Figures of four women were at the four corners, with inscriptions (in Hebrew) identifying each as a season of the year. Inside the square was a wheel, 3.12 meters in diameter, with a smaller circle (1.2 m) in its center. The wheel was divided into 12 panels, each with a figure and a name identifying it as a sign of the zodiac. And in the center, a man was pictured driving a quadriga (four-horse chariot) through the moon and stars. Rays of the sun were coming out of his head; it was clear that he was Helios, god of the sun.

via Jewish Worship, Pagan Symbols: Zodiac mosaics in ancient synagogues by Walter Zanger – Biblical Archaeology Review.

Quite an enjoyable piece!  H/T to James McGrath on Facebook.

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