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Jul
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comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
@BruceJames The claim that my answer is unsupported by any sources is patently absurd. I link to well-sourced Wikipedia articles that support my statements, except #4, where I explicitly note that I don't have a source. You downvote because you don't like scholarly facts for religious reasons. In the future, please support your statements with reliable independent sources.
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
@BruceJames There is a difference between having one quote recommending you to study the torah, and having a widespread tradition of all males studying the Torah. If you can find a reliable source that there was a tradition or it was required of all males in 200BC to study the Torah, then I will update the answer.
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
@BruceJames I think you have completely misunderstood what #4 is about. It is not about scholars studying the Torah mentioned in Mishna and Gemara at all. It is about (and I quote myself) "the tradition that male Jews should study the Torah".
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
@BruceJames: I quote: "There is no scholarly consensus as to when the Hebrew Bible canon was fixed: some scholars argue that it was fixed by the Hasmonean dynasty, while others argue it was not fixed until the second century CE or even later." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_of_the_Hebrew_Bible_canon Hence the dates 200BC to 200AD.
Jun
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Jun
9
comment What is the 'rank switching' done by Roman Legionnaires in HBO's 'Rome' called, and did it actually happen?
@EvilWashingMachine "Once the machinery was in motion however, the Roman infantry typically was deployed, as the main body, facing the enemy. During deployment in the Republican era, the maniples were commonly arranged in triplex acies (triple battle order): that is, in three ranks, with the hastati in the first rank (that nearest the enemy), the principes in the second rank, and the veteran triarii in the third and final rank as barrier troops". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_infantry_tactics So yes, it refers to ranks.
Jun
9
answered What is the origin of the Arabs in pre-Islamic Yemen and Arabia?
Jun
2
revised Why is Kubb - a skittles game - associated with the Viking Age?
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Jun
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Jun
2
answered Why is Kubb - a skittles game - associated with the Viking Age?
Jun
2
comment What is the 'rank switching' done by Roman Legionnaires in HBO's 'Rome' called, and did it actually happen?
I did watch the video, and answered your question. Instead of being confrontative, perhaps you could explain what is unclear?
May
2
comment What was the Julian Calendar aligned to?
So to recap: I'm sure that the Julian Calendar was intended to be aligned with the solstices and equinoxes in some way. But I don't know why they are aligned so they end up the 25th of the months. It would make more sense to put the 1st of April on the spring equinox. Apparently the 25th of March is the traditional date, but the question then only becomes "Why the 25th of March?"
May
2
comment What was the Julian Calendar aligned to?
@NathanC.Tresch: Ah, no you see, it WAS Dec 25th. But the Julian calendar goes one day wrong per century so by the time of the First Council of Nicea, it was December the 21st. When the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, it was the 11th. It was then decided to move it back to the 21st. (Probably because having it the 25th would make it too obvious that Christmas was celebrated on a pagan holiday, to be honest). So the Julian calendar had originally the midwinter solstice on December 25th.
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Apr
30
comment What was the Julian Calendar aligned to?
Yeah, I suspect you have things backwards here. It's not that the calendar is fixed to this festival, it's this festival that is fixed to the winter solstice. It probably happens the 25th because the calendar is fixed to the spring equinox. But why the spring equinox was fixed to the 25th of March is unclear.
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Mar
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Mar
24
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
In addition to that, Spain is isolated from the rest of Europe by Mountains, and so is to a large extent Italy. That means that their area of communication is the Mediterranean. And that's why the Roman empire was not a European Empire.