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king solomon: bible as divining rod

The boundaries of entire lands and the nature of their ancient civilizations can be made clear by following clues in the Bible. It is almost as if one waves a magic wand over a blank area of the earth, and … Continue reading

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pool of gibeon: sacred swords

It was the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls which was the most dramatic of many discoveries which threw light on the beginnings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is worth emphasizing that in all this work to date of … Continue reading

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henry VIII: spare the rod

Ever since Henry VIII’s death, at the age of fifty-seven, people have asked how a once splendid monarch could come to such a pass. Some historians have suggested that during the last years of the reign he was slowly sinking … Continue reading

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philistines: bastards in ashdod

The Bible’s final statement about the Philistines is found in Zechariah, the next-to-lat book of the Old testament, and it is a bitter curse: “And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the … Continue reading

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a dying monarch

Death of Henry VIII… Age had dug deep trenches upon a face once as pink and delicate as a young bride’s; the soft beard of red and gold had given way to coarse white; the sturdy muscular belly was now … Continue reading

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philistines: the idolatry of mortal combat

Ashdod was the first large Philistine city to be uncovered by archaeologists. The excavation of the early 1960’s yielded a wealth of evidence about early Canaan and about the ancient Philistines, that bellicose people who smite and are smitten on … Continue reading

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roland: blow your horn

One of the great works of medieval literature is the Chanson de Roland, a twelfth century epic that recounts the destruction of Charlemagne’s rear guard at the narrow pass of Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees. The King and his army are … Continue reading

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audubon: legacy

The fame of his paintings has tended to distract us from the volumes of text Audubon compiled to accompany Robert Havell Jr.’s engraved plates. Much of its ornithological data has been superceded by subsequent studies, but the accounts of his … Continue reading

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audubon: birds, birds and more birds

A nuber of the paintings carried detailed instructions for Robert Havell Jr.,the English engraver, to guide him and his colorists in the preparation of the copies, notations which were naturally suppressed in the making of the engraved plates. Occasionally the … Continue reading

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monumental stairs

The monumental. Rome, the grandest of Italian hill towns, has an abundance of stairs unequaled anywhere in the world. A complicated topography, and a populace with an insatiable appetite for pomp, spurred architects to devise panoramic staircases for social and … Continue reading

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