Daily Archives: October 3, 2008

Paper on IV Maccabees: Philo on Sports

I read the following in Philo’s Life of Moses II 211. The translation is from C.D. Yonge, The Works of Philo (United States: Hendrickson, 1993). “For this reason the all-great Moses thought fit that all who were enrolled in his … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, History, II Maccabees, IV Maccabees, Papers, Politeia Paper, Religion, School

Solomon vs. Ruth, or Maybe Esther

Joe Biden reminds me of Solomon, whereas I associate Sarah Palin with Ruth, or maybe Esther. Let me explain. I realize that comparing Joe Biden to Solomon is problematic, since Biden doesn’t always think before he speaks, violating several Solomonic … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Candidates, Daily Quiet Time, Esther, Politics, Religion, Ruth, Sarah Palin, Weekly Quiet Time | 2 Comments

W. Previews

I just watched some previews for Oliver Stone’s coming movie, W (see here). I was a little disappointed. I’m hoping for a thoughtful drama, one that expresses concern about his policies while still being somewhat sympathetic. Nixon comes to mind … Continue reading

Posted in George W. Bush, History, Movies, Politics | 4 Comments

A Few More Points (On the VP Debate)

1. I liked it when Biden referred to advice the President of the Senate gave him way back. He informed Biden that conservative stalwart Jesse Helms had adopted a child in a wheelchair. I actually read that in a biography … Continue reading

Posted in Candidates, Current Events, Politics, Sarah Palin

Reactions to VP Debate

People who read me religiously probably realize that I’ve had different thoughts about what Sarah Palin’s strategy should be. I’ve wanted her to be a policy wonk like Dick Cheney (see Challenges for Sarah Palin), and I thought she could … Continue reading

Posted in Candidates, Current Events, Politics, Sarah Palin | 9 Comments