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At his most inspired, Philo of Alexandria, also known as Philo Judaeus (c. 10 BCE - c. 50 CE), a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who merged the Septuagint with Platonism, paints an ecstatic mystical vision of unsurpassed beauty. HereShow More Summary
Let's talk turkey (foot).
Get up and take a peek outside.
The emperor Constantine famously had both his eldest son Crispus and his wife Fausta killed in 326. Mystery has surrounded the events ever since. There are no contemporary accounts, and the earliest surviving recitations of events are overlaid with polemic. Show More Summary
It looks like Thomas Jefferson is about to take a well-deserved beating over slavery. A new article at Smithsonian.com, The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson, previews a book by Henry Wiencek scheduled for release on October 16th entitled Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. Show More Summary
I will not forget that day, or who our enemies are.
I've never read the Hebrew Bible before. It's very weird. By way of example, a quiz: On successive nights, this elderly widower's two unmarried daughters, who were then living in a cave with him, got him drunk on wine, slept with him...Show More Summary
Some southerners before the Civil War famously cited the Bible’s apparent acceptance of the institution of slavery to support their contention that the peculiar institution was morally acceptable. I was interested, therefore, to stumble...Show More Summary
As I've mentioned before, I drive most days and spend much of that time listening to history-related podcasts and similar materials. I've posted recommendations several times before, and I'm writing to add one now. Harvard Prof Shaye Cohen's The Hebrew Scriptures in Judaism and Christianity is an entertaining educational delight. Show More Summary
Kathleen's wake is today, and I can't resist adding a few more photos. With all her siblings: And last but not least, a cheesecake shot!
Kathleen McGrath (nee Brennan), born 1927 in Wexford, Ireland, died on July 5th at home peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her beloved daughter Catherine and son-in-law and a large extended family. Show More Summary
Having re-read Russell Hoban's novel Riddley Walker last week, I can only shake my head in awe. The photograph at the top of the post is of a wall painting at Canterbury Cathedral depicting the legend of St. Eustace. The photo may be found at the Flickr photostream of chrisjohnbeckett. The Life of St. Eustace from the Golden Legend provides more information.
And Maxwell says, I love the taste of butt in the morning.
Between work and family commitments, I've barely been on the interweb since the Supremes' decision on Obamacare was handed down, so maybe someone else has made this connection. For all I know, Chief Justice Roberts may have cited it as a precedent in his opinion. Show More Summary
I can't say I find Lewis Cass a tremendously attractive figure, but I can't help linking to this post on Cass by Paul Mirengoff of the Powerline team.
In Did Muhammad Exist: An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins, Robert Spencer quotes from the Doctrina Jacobi, which contains "[o]ne of the earliest apparent mentions of Muhammad." "Probably written by a Christian in Palestine between...Show More Summary
Orestes Brownson was leading member of the radical, locofoco wing of the Democratic Party back in the 1830s. I was reading his essay Prospects of the Democracy yesterday and was struck by the irony of how the Democratic Party has changed and not changed over the past one hundred seventy years. Show More Summary
And Salome's chillin'.
I have discussed previously the ingenious history class in which Williams College students were asked to produce presidential campaign video ads for and/or against candidates in pre-Civil War races. As you may expect, I awaited with particular interest any videos focusing on my main man, Millard Fillmore. Show More Summary
And Salome says all is well.