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Jan
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answered What is known about early history of Judaism?
Jan
30
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@Michael If you want to start questions about this, go ahead. But I'm not going to have a debate with you in the comments, that's pointless. I stand by my position above. At the start of the independent period the religion was polytheistic and rituals included animal sacrifice and not only at the temple. In fact, in the beginning there was no temple. It is would not be recognizable as Judaism unless you already are educated about the history of Judaism, and hence already know it will develop into Judaism.
Jan
30
comment When did the first major group of Eunuchs started to congregate at this Khawaja Polytheistic Shrine?
Well, in the English language, "eunuchs" is not the best word for Hijras, especially since not all Hijras are eunuchs.
Jan
30
revised At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
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Jan
30
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@Michael The religion during this time period, for us (but probably not for the ancient Israelites) recognizable as what will become Judaism. But it is a stretch in calling it Judaism. That's not a "theological point", a polytheistic religion that do ritual animal sacrifices on outdoor stone altars is a very different religion from Judaism. Thus I think "proto-Judaism" as I called it, is more accurate. But I included this time period, as well as the even earlier bronze-age period for completeness, as the development into Judaism is gradual.
Jan
30
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@Oldcat A state that is just waiting for it's neighbor empire to come walking back in isn't really "sovereign" IMO. :-)
Jan
29
answered At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
Jan
29
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@FelixGoldberg, Ah but what was it called before it was the Kingdom of Judea? ;-)
Jan
29
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
OK, I made an edit which I think is clearer.
Jan
29
revised At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
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Jan
29
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
Its' been a sovereign state since 14 May 1948. Any other times depends entirely on your definition of "nation", "sovereign" and "Israel", none of which are easy to define.
Jan
28
answered When did the first major group of Eunuchs started to congregate at this Khawaja Polytheistic Shrine?
Jan
28
comment When did the first major group of Eunuchs started to congregate at this Khawaja Polytheistic Shrine?
Oh, you are talking about Hijras? Calling them eunuchs is confusing, that usually refers to castrated men who still live and identify as men.
Jan
28
comment Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
Thick clothing also provides protection for various weapons.
Jan
27
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@GuyF-W Cuba had industry and infrastructure. And also it's industry and infrastructure had not been bombed to smithereens. Many Latin American countries has suffered civil wars etc. Those who have not, like Chile, has done much better than Cuba. This really is not a matter of ideological bias, but fact: Planned economy does not work. It's been tried in many countries in many places over the 20th century. Never once did it work as well as a market economy. No bias, but fundamental economic fact.
Jan
27
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@GuyF-W And what would it take to remove that suspicion? You can look at any measurement you want. Cubas development will not surpass that of democratic non-communist countries. This goes for all communist dictatorships. That's not ideology, but facts. So pick a measurement. UN's Human Development Index, for example?
Jan
27
comment What is the history of Cartography?
Maps were not drawn without technology. A pen is technology. You are probably asking for how maps were drawn before the advent of triangulation. But yes, read through en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_cartography first, and then come with more specific questions.
Jan
27
comment What are the immediate legal effects of rendering a royal branch illegitimate?
The current monarch would grant it Royal Assent. This can be done by giving somebody else the right to give or refuse assent as well. The current monarch is still the current monarch, legitimate or not. Of course it can be claimed that the law then rests on shaky legal ground, but it's the same for any law of succession, who must be given assent by the monarch. The Titulus Regius was also given Royal Assent, presumably by Richard in the position of Lord Protector. Again, legitimacy rests on being seen as legitimate. It's a catch 22, yes.
Jan
27
comment What are the immediate legal effects of rendering a royal branch illegitimate?
To that I say: Bah, humbug. :-)
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
let us continue this discussion in chat