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15 09, 2017

West Asian people – families, schools, slavery

By |2019-09-04T07:31:22-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

West Asian people: Ur-Nanshe, the king's chief musician in Mari, 2400s BC Oppression of women What we notice most about the way people lived in West Asia is the widespread oppression of women. As compared to their neighbors in Sudan, Egypt, Central Asia, the Roman Empire, or even India, West Asian women were [...]

24 08, 2017

Who was Job? Bible stories

By |2017-08-24T00:25:58-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Job sits on a dungheap, from the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, 359 AD, Rome. According to the Bible, Job was a rich farmer, with a wife and ten children, and many sheep and goats. He loved God and prayed to him all the time. One day Satan (the Devil) came to God and suggested that Job [...]

23 08, 2017

What is the Trinity? Christianity – Religion

By |2018-04-09T23:07:28-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Perugino, about 1482 in Rome) Christian people all believed that there was one God. But many people thought God existed in three forms: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Ghost who moves between them. In Perugino's painting you can see John the Baptist baptizing Jesus while God looks down from Heaven. The [...]

21 08, 2017

History of Christianity – World Religions

By |2018-04-09T23:07:26-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

One of the earliest images of Jesus, from St. Callisto catacomb in Rome (ca. 250 AD) Around the time of the beginning of the Roman Empire, a new religion began among the Jews living in Israel: Christianity. People seem to have felt that these new governments - these big empires - needed bigger, more organized religions to stand up [...]

16 08, 2017

Ancient philosophy: ethics, fate, and science

By |2018-04-24T11:55:01-07:00August 16th, 2017|Philosophy|0 Comments

Weighing the souls of the dead Philosophy means the love of wisdom. But what does that mean? It's hard to separate philosophy from religion. And it's also hard to draw a line between philosophy and science and mathematics. All of these are parts of people's search to make order out of nature. They're a way of [...]

23 07, 2017

The Abbasids – Medieval Islamic history

By |2019-01-15T11:23:04-07:00July 23rd, 2017|History, Islam|0 Comments

Minaret at Samarra, 847 AD The first Abbasid caliphs In 750 AD, the Abbasid caliphs murdered all of the surviving Umayyad men but one. Who were the Umayyads? All our medieval Islam articles Turn away from the Mediterranean They took over ruling the Islamic Empire. The Abbasids were less interested in the Mediterranean coast than the Umayyads had been. [...]