Posts Categorized: What does the Bible say

THE NATIVITY STORY: A SOMEWHAT MYSTICAL LOOK

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Tweet Share In those days, a decree went forth from Caesar Augustus that there was to be a Census taken of all the world. Everyone was ordered to go to their own home towns to be registered. So Joseph and Mary journeyed to Bethlehem, the birthplace of David, for Joseph was the descendant of kings….
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ABORTION, RELIGION, & POLITICS

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TweetShare Christianity has been hijacked by right-wing zealots who have demeaned the teachings of Jesus. When they quote the bible, they take phrases out of context and interpret them with an extreme brand of literalism that distorts or ignores their vast possibilities of meaning. Even worse, they practice a selective literalism – taking literally those…
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PALESTINE BEFORE THE BIRTH OF JESUS, PART 1: PHARISEES, SADDUCEES, ZEALOTS AND ESSENES

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TweetShare In yesterday’s post I talked about the Maccabees, and how they waged a long and desperate battle against Greek rule and eventually became free.  Unfortunately, the new Kingdom of Judah would not be free for very long. After just 76 years, the descendants of the original Maccabees – through political intrigue, murder, and greed…
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THE CHANUKAH STORY, PART 2: THE MACCABEES

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TweetShare In 167 BCE, in a small town near Jerusalem, a Greek official ordered an old Jewish priest named Mattathias to sacrifice a pig to the Greek gods. It would set a good example, the official said, and he promised Mattathias a handsome reward if he complied. The old priest defiantly refused, but while he…
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