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Ten commandments of Moses – History of the Jewish religion

By | 2018-01-12T14:03:46+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, from a Jewish prayer book written in medieval Germany, about 1290 AD (now in the Saxon State Library) God gave the commandments to Moses The Bible says that while the Jews were wandering in the desert between Egypt and Israel, Moses received a message from God telling him to go up to the top of [...]

Babylonian captivity – Jewish history

By | 2017-08-23T17:42:04+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|History, West Asia|

Seal of King Hezekiah, from Judah, about 700 BC Unfortunately for the Jews, the Assyrians did not hold West Asia for very much longer. During the 700s BC, the Assyrians began to lose power. This meant that the Jews could be more independent of the Assyrians. But their neighbors were also more independent. So this also meant that the [...]

Byzantine Iconoclasm and Iconodules: History of Christianity

By | 2017-12-21T13:28:43+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Icon of St. Nicholas (Russia) Byzantine iconoclasm By the early 700s AD, the Roman Empire had seen four hundred years of religious arguments about what or who Jesus Christ was. The Arians believed that Christ was all god. The Catholics believed that Christ was entirely and inseparably both god and man. And people had fought over every possible combination of [...]