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revised Recognition of Palestine?
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answered Recognition of Palestine?
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comment Recognition of Palestine?
I'll try. Its really tough to do both fairly and succinctly.
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comment Who are the modern descendants of the Khazar people?
@DVK - Quite. Of course the opposite also often happens. If you as a ruler want to consolodate your power, adopting the religon of your people (or perhaps the religon of the rivals of your enemies) can help a great deal. Basically for a medevil ruler, religon is like marriage; one should select it for political convience, not personal preference.
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comment What was the ancient Jewish pantheon?
The question wasn't about current Hebrew Theology. The question was about traces of earlier theology in extant Jewish writings. I'd heard the same thing, and this is roughly the explanation that was given me.
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comment What was the ancient Jewish pantheon?
@Luke - With repect, I have to disagree on this one, and I think a careful reading of the parts where other dieties and their worshippers are interacted with backs me up. I realise this goes against some folks "fixed beliefs", but that shouldn't really be our business here. (and I'll note this was first pointed out to me by one of my ministers, who was trained at a mainline protestant seminary, so this view of the scriptures isn't really incompatible with Christian orthodoxy either)
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comment What was the ancient Jewish pantheon?
@Luke - I said typically, not universally. There are certainly places where classic Jewish Monotheisim is stronger. Chronicles would be one place one would expect to be more modern. See the second to last paragraph of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
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answered What was the ancient Jewish pantheon?
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comment What was the ancient Jewish pantheon?
The Cananites were (probably very) closely related peoples, and neighbors of the Jews, but many would insist they were separate peoples.
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revised When did the Roman forum fall into disuse?
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answered Who are the modern descendants of the Khazar people?
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comment How much tax did Romans pay?
Additionally, I understand that tax collectors were essentially given commissions (and most were probably not entirely honest) which meant that a lot of that money never even made it to the provincial governor. This is why in the Gospels it was so shocking Jesus would hang out with one. Clearly the guy's a serious sinner...
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comment Did Hitler receive any honours outside Germany?
Time magazine repeatedly tries to explain (to mostly deaf ears) that the only honor in receiving their "Man of the Year" is that it means you were a big driver of events that year. I does not mean Time approves of you.
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comment Who are the modern descendants of the Khazar people?
@YannisRizos - Ahhh. Glad to see that one on Skeptics. With what currently appears to be the right answer too.
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comment Writing systems in South America?
@RISwampYankee - Gotta give you that one. Try as I might, I just can't picture trade being a big part of an Easter Islander's life.
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revised What were the animals on the Coat of Arms of Edward IV of England?
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comment How did Greece avoid the Soviet sphere of influence?
Good question. Note that there were also fears (at least in the USA) that Italy might pass into the Soviet sphere. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
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comment Did Alexander the Great destroy a city to demonstrate his ability to reign?
Alexander was born into the helm of the ancient world's mightest military machine, and just piloted it competently for a few years. To my mind the more interesting person is is father Phillip, who built the machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_II_of_Macedon