Access ancient Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Roman calendars to better understand the Bible
The two primary parameters that shape human thinking, regardless of culture, antiquity, or language, are space and time…spacetime for the physicists among us. It is difficult to understand any communication without a common understanding of these parameters. Such simple phrases as “See you tomorrow” require both parties to have a similar understanding of “tomorrow”.
The Bible records over 4,000 of history, from the earliest human settlements from Mesopotamia to Arabia to the cosmopolitan Roman Empire. It thus covers dozens of cultures, nations, and tribes, each with their own understanding of space and time. The Quran doesn’t do this, and neither do the Vedas, the Tripitaka, or any Sutra. The Bible stands alone – no other book is like it.
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Date in History
Henry Ford may have believed that “history is bunk”, but most people at most places and most times have disagreed with him. History is a record of people, and peoples – who they were, what they did, and why. History tells stories of courage and cowardice, of selfishness and selflessness, and of victory and vanity. Descendants discover who they are, why they are, and what they should do, from their ancestors. As such, history is the record of the universe.
People who pride themselves in science, technology, engineering, and math often disparage history, forgetting that the historical record of discoveries past provides the foundation for discoveries present that will launch us into discoveries future. No one need repeat the experiments of Pasteur or the thinking of Einstein because we have the historical record of what they did.
Celebrating accomplishments of those who have gone before us is important, and fun. Children thrill to stories of David and Goliath, and teens wonder at the work of Galileo and the Wright brothers. Families can use history to provide examples, teach lessons, and build a sense of identity.
- On each day of the year, know what happened that day. Pick things that are important to your family and friends to celebrate.
- Learn more about the people and the event.
- Make the celebration real with food, music, costumes, related stories, and the symbols of the people involved (flags, coat of arms, etc.)
- When you can, travel to the places where these events occurred.
Learn about history, and enjoy it. Your life, and that of those you love, will improve as a result.
Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
Aesop (620 BC – 560 BC)
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People follow calendars, but they also create and use them to advance their personal and political agendas.
In the absolute sense, time is dictated by the rhythms of nature as determined by the Creator. In the past it was viewed as the distance in history (as opposed to geography) between events. In that mindset, the idea of saving time was ludicrous. Time progressed at its own rate and rhythm and man could do nothing to change those realities. Ancients often wanted tasks to be quick and efficient just like moderns do, and for many of the same reasons, to maximize the duration of pleasant experiences and minimize that of unpleasant ones. However, in the ancient mind time was not like money, which could be stored. It had to be used.
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