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Samson and Delilah story – Bible stories

By |2018-05-22T23:12:35-07:00August 25th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|

Samson and Delilah story: Samson (or David?) wrestles the lion. Silk tapestry, probably from Syria, in the 600s AD Backstory of Samson and Delilah Just as the Jews were finally getting rid of the Canaanites, around 1100 BC, the Bible says that a new enemy came to Israel. These were the Philistines (FILL-uh-steens). (More about the Philistines) [...]

Noah’s Ark – Bible stories – Judaism

By |2018-04-24T23:17:57-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The rain falling on the drowning people/ Noah lets go a dove to see if the waters have gone down/ He sends out the dove again/He lets the animals off the boat/ He sacrifices to God on an altar (Mosaic from St. Marks, Venice, 1200s AD) Book of Genesis According to the Book [...]

Moses and Egypt – Bible stories

By |2018-05-22T23:49:22-07:00August 24th, 2017|Africa, Religion, West Asia|

The Pharaoh's daughter picks Moses up out of his basket (synagogue at Dura Europos, Syria, 200s AD) The Book of Exodus According to the Book of Exodus in the Bible ("Exodus" means leaving, because this is the book about the Jews leaving Egypt), the Jews did very well in Egypt after Joseph brought them there. (More about [...]

Judah and Israel – Bible stories

By |2017-08-24T09:59:50-07:00August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|

Assyrian prisoners of war from the siege of Lachish. Sennacherib's palace at Nineveh, 704-681 BC. (now in the British Museum) Under Solomon, Israel was a strong united kingdom. But when Solomon died, two of his sons divided the kingdom of Israel between them. At least that's what the Bible says. Certainly Israel really split [...]

Joseph and Egypt – Bible stories

By |2017-10-09T17:15:42-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Joseph dreams and gets put in the well, then talks to Pharaoh (Egypt, 500s AD, cloth) According to the Bible, Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. Isaac married Rebecca. And they had two sons, Jacob and Esau (EE-sow). And Jacob married two women (this was allowed then), Rachel and Leah, who were sisters. Jacob [...]

Cain and Abel – Bible Stories

By |2019-02-26T05:08:55-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

A door panel by Ghiberti showing Cain and Abel. The Book of Genesis According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, after Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden, they began to have children. Who are Adam and Eve? History of Judaism West Asian religion All our West Asia articles Adam and Eve [...]

Abraham and the Jews – Bible stories

By |2019-01-16T18:15:48-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Abraham and Isaac (Egypt, 300s AD) The Jews leave Mesopotamia Shortly after the episode with the Tower of Babel, the Bible tells us that some of the Jews decided to leave Mesopotamia where the Sumerians were, and travel further west towards Canaan and modern Israel. What's the Tower of Babel? More about the Jews All our West Asia articles [...]

Cherokee creation myth – Native American religion

By |2018-04-07T17:05:43-07:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|

The Atlantic ocean Long ago, the earth was just a big island, floating in a bigger ocean. The earth was hanging from four cords coming down from the sky, which was made of solid rock. It was dark all the time and the animals couldn't see where they were going, so they got the sun and set it in a [...]

How Ganesh cursed the Moon – Hinduism – India

By |2019-07-01T21:27:44-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

Ganesh cursed the moon (Musee Guimet, Paris, from Tamil Nadu, ca. 1500 AD) Narada offered a sacrifice Now long ago Brahma was sitting with Shiva when a man called Narada came along. And Narada offered a beautiful fruit to Shiva as a sacrifice. It was a really wonderful fruit, that Narada had chosen specially for Shiva. Who is Ganesh? [...]