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WISDOM: THE MISSING AGENCY OF FOREIGN POLICY

(Apologies for my silence lately. I have been busier than I thought I would be with two recent speaking engagements and writing two articles. I will return to regular posting here very soon. 803 more words

WISDOM, DIPLOMACY & NEGOTIATIONS

Sleeping Beauty, Reversed

The usual assumption, when we look back at ancient goddesses and gods and at their relationships and interactions, is that they model certain expected behaviors. Gods tend to rule the sky, and the sun, and their role in the fertility myths is, naturally, the active one, that of insemination. 909 more words

Song of Solomon 1

The primary characters are a king and his bride. She is of noble birth, but presented here as a country girl, familiar with the urban scene, but previously not at home in it. 668 more words

Bible

Historical Puns (vol. 1)

Prepping my new Western Civ lectures.

I can’t cover everything about the ancient Near East, so I guess I’ll have to Sumerize.

History

Ego and Idolatry

In Scripture there is a consistent warning about a particular class of female idols, commonly referred to by variations of Asherah, Ashtarte or Ishtar, and these are related to the European Oester. 704 more words

Religion

Review: Warfare in the Old Testament by Boyd Seevers

Editor’s Note: I (“SlimJim”) am away in a family trip and this is a pre-scheduled post.  Responses will be delayed.

This is a wonderful book by an Old Testament professor who has done his doctoral dissertation related to ancient warfare.  636 more words

Christianity