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“I will make your enemies your footstool” – # 2

Ferrell's Travel Blog

In the previous post we discussed the common motif found in the Ancient Near East showing a monarch with his foot on the neck of a subdued enemy. We discussed how this helps us visualize certain Biblical texts.

Here I wish to add an illustration from the Roman world shortly after New Testament times. In the statue below we see the Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117-138) with his foot on the neck of an enemy.

Hadrian has his foot on the neck of an enemy. Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Hadrian has his foot on the neck of an enemy. Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

This statue is displayed in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. It is made of marble and is said to have come from Hierapitna, Crete.

The photo below is a closeup of the captive with the Emperor’s foot on his neck.

Closeup of Hadrian with his foot on the neck of an enemy. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Closeup of Hadrian with his foot on the neck of an enemy. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.


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Were Aerosol Spray Cans Really a Threat?

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

SPOTLIGHT: There’s a long history of scientists spreading premature alarm in the media.

BIG PICTURE: Bernie Lewin’s exhaustively researched book, Searching for the Catastrophe Signal, describes how the US campaign against spray can CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) began.

In September 1974, a Harvard atmospheric scientist told a New York Times journalist that hairspray and other aerosol products were damaging the Earth’s ozone layer. The front page news story explained that ozone protects the planet “from lethal ultraviolet radiation.”

Readers were only advised in paragraphs 34 and 35 that no one had yet taken “a hard look at the Harvard calculations” since the research was still in the process of being submitted to a scientific journal.

By the time it was officially published four months later, its robustness was beside the point. An anti-CFC movement was already in full swing. Television newscaster Walter Cronkite and others had hyped the findings and a frenzy…

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The Harvey Weinstein of the Climate World

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

SPOTLIGHT: Why doesn’t the public know about these 3-year-old allegations?

BIG PICTURE: Rajendra Pachauri resigned in disgrace in February 2015 after chairing the world’s most important climate body for 13 years. An employee of an institute he ran in India told police he’d persistently groped and forcibly kissed her. She had, she said, lost her job after refusing to sit beside him on a plane. Soon afterward, other women stepped forward with similar stories.

Pachauri was a big fish. Frequently described as the world’s top climate scientist, he stood on a podium beside Al Gore when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Gore were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The fact that he was accused of multiple offenses under the Indian Penal Code and faced maximum prison sentences of three to seven years should have been front page news.

Canada’s publicly-funded CBC website reported Pachauri’s official remarks…

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“I will make your enemies your footstool”

Ferrell's Travel Blog

A common motif found in Ancient Near East reliefs shows a monarch placing his foot on his enemy. One illustration of this is the large relief showing the Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser III (reigned 745-727 B.C.) with his foot on the neck of an enemy. Tiglath-Pileser III is known as Pul in the Bible.

Pul the king of Assyria came against the land, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that he might help him to confirm his hold on the royal power. (2 Kings 15:19 ESV)

So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, the spirit of Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and he took them into exile, namely, the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river Gozan, to this day. (1 Chronicles 5:26 ESV)

The Assyrian relief below is displayed in…

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Frank Alexander, Singer

8 N. C. Families

Shape Notes are a way to lead groups in singing with an alternative music notation, which presumably is easier for untrained musicians to follow.  It began to be used early in the 1800’s and was especially popular in the South after the Civil War and into the 20th century.  Many old hymnals used the shape note system.

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Frank Alexander, (1880-1945) my paternal grandfather, was a shape note singer and song leader in the First Presbyterian Church at Vass, N. C.

My Aunt Pollie, Frank’s oldest daughter, told me that when she was small, her father took her and her siblings to singing school in the summertime.  The school was held when their work on the farm slowed down for a time between planting and harvesting.  Pollie was born in 1913.  My father, who was born in 1925, and his younger siblings had no recollection of singing school, though Dad remembered…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside – evidence of solar cycle affecting Earth’s cloud cover

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by David Archibald

News comes that the light reflected back from Uranus is affected by the solar cycle.

“The atmosphere around Uranus is one of the coldest in the solar system, but still contains clouds and ice, like our own atmosphere here on Earth.

“The changing brightness of the planet shows that something is happening to the clouds. We have found that the change is caused by two processes.

“One is chemical, caused as fluctuating levels of UV sunlight alters the colour of particles in the atmosphere. The other is due to high-speed particles from outside the solar system, known as galactic cosmic rays, bombarding the atmosphere and influencing the formation of clouds.”

The scientists used data from telescopes on Earth, as well as cosmic rays measured by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, to make their assessment.

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To put that solar effect into perspective…

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A Great Moment in an Average Life

The Kitchen Table

By Richard Gwynallen

Reverend Nathaniel Jenkins, Sr.
25 March 1678 • Tyngraig, Caerdicanshire, Wales
2 June 1754 • Hopewell, Cumberland, New Jersey
Relationship to Fawn: 8th great-grandfather

The Jenkins family is a line of my mother’s maternal family line.  I was drawn to this little story first because it was another Welsh family line, second because it was centered in a part of the country less common in our various family lines, and then because of one incident I ran across about Nathaniel Jenkins.  The latter became for me a good example of the lesson our rabbi, Shmuel Herzfeld, drew from our study of Tractate Sotah 11 that we each must speak out against injustice, even if we are certain it won’t have any effect.

Nathaniel immigrated to the American Colonies from Wales with his wife, Esther Jones, and their infant son, in 1710 – 1712, arriving…

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