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I am hope to eventually read Van de Mieroop’s forthcoming book titled Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia. It looks extraordinary.  269 more words

General Musings

Watching Block Statue (Ancient Egypt Middle Kingdom)

In the Christian west, devotion tends to be identified with the erect figure of the orant who extends his or arms towards the heavens in an act of supplication. 36 more words


Fishing & Duck Hunt (Ancient Egypt Middle Kingdom)

Another little vignette of daily life in Middle Kingdom ancient Egypt. Again, to get a good sense of the liveliness of this scene, you need to zoom into the action on this smart model sporting boat. 251 more words


Brass monkeys

I’m finding it very difficult to write my blog today as I think my brain might have frozen itself to the top of my skull in the night. 579 more words


Life and Death at Work in Ancient Egypt (Middle Kingdom)

No god-like king with his calm and arrogant gaze presides over the busy and buzzing little scene of daily life at work in this Middle Kingdom ancient Egyptian slaughter house. 243 more words


Episode 6 - John Walton

Dr. John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, joins me to discuss why God has so many names, the cosmos as sacred space, and what was wrong with building the Tower of Babel. 67 more words

Kings (Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom)

Art historians going back to Winckelmann in the 18th C. typically held up Greek art over Egyptian art. Greek art represented the apex of humanism, in contrast to Egyptian art, which was hieratic and static. 81 more words