Category Archives: Greco-Roman

Book Write-Up: Religion of the Romans

Jӧrg Rüpke.  Religion of the Romans.  Trans. and ed., Richard Gordon.  Cambridge and Malden: Polity Press, 2009. This book is about the religion of the ancient Romans: their rituals, their festivals and who attended them, their votive offerings, their sacrifices, … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Roman Way, by Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton.  The Roman Way.  New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1932, 1960. Edith Hamilton wrote about the Greeks, the Romans, the Hebrew Bible, and Christianity during her retirement.  I recently read her first book, The Greek Way, and I … Continue reading

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Spiritual Experiences: Discipline and Quiet

On page 286 of Circle of Life: Traditional Teachings of Native American Elders, James David Audlin talks about attitudes to avoid when one wants to receive a vision: “If we decide in our own minds, ‘I am never going to … Continue reading

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Challenges to Elisha ben Abuyah’s Faith

I started Milton Steinberg’s As a Driven Leaf.  The book is a fictional story about how the first-second century C.E. Jewish figure Elisha ben Abuyah became an apostate from Judaism.  See here to read my blog post about Elisha ben … Continue reading

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Rome and Spiritual Emptiness

For its Bible study, my church is going through Romans: The Letter That Changed the World, with Mart De Haan and Jimmy DeYoung. We watched the DVD for the lesson last night, and the picture that I got from it … Continue reading

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Starting John’s Gospel: The Way It Happened

I started Lee Harmon’s John’s Gospel: The Way It Happened.  I’d like to thank Lee for sending me my Advanced Reader Copy. This book is a sequel to another book that Lee wrote, Revelation: The Way It Happened.  I have … Continue reading

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Completing The Cambridge Companion to Philo

I finished The Cambridge Companion to Philo.  In this post, I’ll talk some about the last two essays in the book. 1.  A few posts ago, I mentioned that ancient Christians preserved Philo’s writings, whereas Jews did not.  David Runia … Continue reading

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Universal Sabbath; Powers and God’s Personality; Ethics; Who Said

For my write-up today on The Cambridge Companion to Philo, I’ll do what I did yesterday: I’ll refer to some things that stood out to me in each essay that I read (or began to read, or finished reading). 1.  … Continue reading

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Beginning The Cambridge Companion to Philo

I started The Cambridge Companion to Philo.  Philo was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher in Alexandria, Egypt during the first century C.E.  In this post, I’ll comment on what stood out to me in each essay that I have read so … Continue reading

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Kristin Luker’s Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood 2

In this post, I’ll talk some about Kristin Luker’s narrative about historical perceptions of abortion in her 1984 book, Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. Luker goes back to the difference of opinion between the Pythagoreans of ancient Greece and … Continue reading

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