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23 08, 2017

What is a Christian priest? History of Religion

By |2017-08-23T09:57:31-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Priest blessing people who have the plague Very soon after the crucifixion of Jesus, by around 40 or 50 AD, the early Christians began to choose leaders from among themselves. The Christians called these leaders presbyters, or "elders" in Greek. That's where we get our word priest from. The congregation - the people who went to the [...]

4 08, 2017

Tithes – medieval Church taxes

By |2017-08-04T11:55:35-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|1 Comment

Medieval tithe barn (Germany) In the Middle Ages, the Catholic church in Europe collected a tax of its own, separate from the kings' taxes, which was called a tithe. Tithe means "one-tenth", because people were supposed to give the Church one-tenth of all the income they earned. The priests and bishops kept the tithes in tithe barns like this one. You had [...]

4 08, 2017

Christian nuns – Medieval Europe

By |2018-04-24T09:15:23-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Egyptian caves where early monks and nuns lived The first Christian nuns, like the first Christian monks, lived in Africa - they lived alone in the desert in Egypt in the 300s and 400s AD, where they could be alone to pray all day. Like the men, they probably got the idea from earlier Buddhist nuns in India (many traders went back and forth [...]

12 06, 2017

Who invented taxes? History of taxes

By |2019-02-03T14:28:11-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|2 Comments

History of taxes: Subjects bring tribute to Persepolis (Iran, ca. 480 BC) What are taxes? Taxes have been around for a long time. They are the main way people pay for their government. Or, to look at it another way, taxes are the main way that some powerful men and women force less [...]