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  • Samaritan Calendar 3660/3661
    Having just gone through a very cursory calculation of the Samaritan Hebrew calendar for the next year, here are the results. Disclaimer: This is currently a rough estimate/first draft. I will check my calculations within 24-48 hours, adjust as necessary, and then remove this disclaimer so you'll know it's official. This Hebrew calendar runs from Gregorian dates May 31, 2022 through April 19th,...
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  • The Chosen Place is not Jerusalem!
    According to Judaism there is only one place where offerings to YHWH can be made–the temple in Jerusalem. Without it, Jews are not authorized to bring offerings at all. This understanding comes from the book of Deuteronomy, which over 20 times mentions a “chosen place” as the only location for offerings and pilgrimage feasts. Surprisingly, an objective read of Deuteronomy...
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  • The Problem with Christian Holidays
    25 years before my deeper study of the scriptures prompted me to leave the church, I had already developed strong convictions against Christian holidays. There is virtually no-one, not even among conservative Christian scholars and apologists, who denies the pagan origins of Christian holidays. The question is: what, if anything, is wrong with co-opting pagan practices? Christianity sees this...
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  • The Wool Over Your Eyes
    The idiom “pulling the wool over your eyes” has its origins in America, but its precise origin is unclear. Some speculate that it originated from the English (and for a short time American) judicial custom of judges and lawyers wearing woolen wigs during court proceedings, with the expression suggestive of a deceptive attorney pulling the judge’s wig over his eyes as a means...
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