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The Star of David Symbolism in the First Chapter of the Book of Genesis

The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the STAR OF DAVID, the one who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament.

– The Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Just about every God-fearing reader of the Bible knows the basic symbolism behind the Star of David which is composed of two opposite-pointing intersecting equilateral triangles perfectly placed on top of each other to create a completely symmetrical six-pointed star. Indeed, even the very name of this geometrical form has a coherent meaning to it, as man throughout the ages has noticed the way the stars and even the sun will sometimes sparkle (or twinkle), thus appearing to have six-points to them, even though they are still obviously round, circular dots in the sky.

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One need not be a believer in Judaism to understand how this symbol provides one of most simple, yet comprehensible, ikons used to represent such concepts as Heaven and Earth, God and Man, Soul and Body, Material and Spiritual, Mountain and Valley, etc. Throughout the Middle Ages, many a Christian Gentile, especially the more learned among them, understand this symbol as, not only representing a unity of opposites, such as the elements of Earth and Air, or Water and Fire, but also as an expression of complementary concepts, much like the ebony and ivory keys to a piano which, when played correctly and by using the correct combinations, was capable of creating something beautiful- like the Latin Mass at its finest and most profound.

Historically speaking, the Catholic Church wasn’t very prone to call the hexagram the Star of David (or Magen David in Hebrew). In fact, for several centuries before the modern term ‘Star of David’ ever became part of everyday vocabulary, and long before this symbol ever became specifically Jewish, the Church preferred to refer to the hexagram as the Star of Creation, or the Creator’s Star. Now the obvious question that might come to readers’ minds is why on earth did the Christian authorities ever refer to this symbol in such a manner. The Star of Creation? Whatever does that mean?

The six-pointed star is the Creator’s Star or Star of Creation. Its six points stand for the six days of creation.

– Christianity/symbols/6-point star, ReligionFacts.com

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The easy answer is to simply point out that God’s Creation includes both the Heavens and the Earth, Mountains and Valleys, Clouds and Seas, Volcanoes and Tornadoes, so the symbolic representation of BOTH distinctly different items placed together would of course signify the reality that Creation is filled with a diverse array of BOTH phenomenon- not to mention the fact that every snowflake is basically a Star of David, in one form or another.

All of this is true of course, but it doesn’t really truly answer the question completely. Why not call it the God’s Star, rather than the Creator’s Star? Obviously, there must be a reason behind this particular designation and the following analysis of the Creation story in the 1st Chapter of Genesis (Genesis 1:1-27) is a humble attempt to explain the reasons why-

The Star of David seems to nest itself in the beginning of the Bible…

– The Star of David, by Frank Colijn, Members.home.nl

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(1) In the beginning God created the Heavens AND the Earth.

– The Heavens= Up Triangle –> ‘God created the Heavens’
–  The Earth= Down Triangle –> ‘God created…the Earth.’                                         = God’s Creation= David –> ‘God created the Heavens AND the Earth.’

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(2) The earth was formless and void, and darkness was OVER the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving OVER the surface of the waters.

– Darkness= Up Triangle
– The Deep= Down Triangle
= Darkness OVER the Deep= Star of David –> ‘darkness was OVER the surface of the deep’

– Spirit of God= Up Triangle
–  The Waters= Down Triangle
=  Spirit of God OVER the Waters= Star of David –> ‘the Spirit of God was moving OVER the surface of the waters.’
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(4) God saw that the light was good, and God SEPARATED the light from the darkness. (5) God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.

= 24-Hour Cycle= Star of David –> ‘God SEPARATED the light from the darkness’
–  The Light, Day= Up (or Down) Triangle –> God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.
–  The Darkness, Night= Down (or Up) Triangle –> ‘and the darkness He called night.’
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(7) God made the expanse, and SEPARATED the waters which were BELOW the expanse from the waters which were ABOVE the expanse, and it was so.

= The Waters= Star of David –> ‘separated the waters’
–  The Waters BELOW= Down Triangle –> ‘the waters which were BELOW the expanse from’
–  The Waters ABOVE= Up Triangle –> ‘the waters which were ABOVE the expanse’

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(9) Then God said, ‘Let the waters BELOW the Heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear’, and it was so. (10) God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering of the waters He called Seas, and God saw that it was good.

– The Seas= Down Triangle –> ‘Let the waters BELOW the Heavens be gathered into one place’
– The Earth= Up Triangle –> ‘and let the dry land appear’
Planet Earth= Star of David –> ‘and God saw that it was good.’
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(16) God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night.

= ‘Two great lights’= Star of David
–  Sun, the Greater Light= Up Triangle
–  Moon, the Lesser Light= Down Triangle
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(20) Then God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly ABOVE the earth in the open expanse of the Heavens.’

– The Fish= Down Triangle – ‘the waters bring forth’
– The Birds= Up Triangle – ‘fly ABOVE the earth’
=  Wildlife= Star of David
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(26) Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule OVER the fish of the sea and OVER the birds of the sky and OVER the cattle and over all the earth, and OVER every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’

– God= Up Triangle –> ‘Let Us make man’
–  Man= Down Triangle –> ‘Our image’
=  God’s rule OVER Man= Star of David

– Man= Up Triangle ‘rule OVER the fish’ and ‘OVER the birds’ and ‘OVER the cattle’
– Animals= Down Triangle
=  Man’s rule OVER Animals= Star of David
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(27) God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.

– God= Up Triangle
–  Image of God= Down Triangle
=  Creation of Man= Star of David –> ‘He created him’

– Male= Up (or Down) Triangle
–  Female= Down (or Up) Triangle
= Creation of Mankind= Star of David –> ‘He created them’
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This simple, basic analysis provides one of best ways in explaining the ultimate reason why the Catholic Church, while acknowledging the hexagram as a legitimate family seal for the House of David (including Jesus Chris), has still tended, for literally hundreds of years, to refer to the Star of David as the Star of Creation. Considering the inherent common sense seen in the above interpretation of the Creation story in Genesis 1, it should be fairly easy to understand why.

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Relevant Quotes and References

The Star of David seems to nest itself in the beginning of the bible…Therefore it’s the question if Moses was aware of the fact that when he wrote down the bible text, he also wrote down the mathematical laws of the hexagram…for with the creation of Heaven and Earth appear also the Laws of Nature and of course the mathematical Laws too.

– The Star of David., by Frank Colijn, Members.home.nl

The star of David is an ancient Jewish symbol filled with significance. The two triangles that make up the star of David depict the two…forces in this world…Heaven and Earth, body and soul, and more.

– Star of David, baltinesterjewelry.com

The thought of Heaven and Earth sharing one dimension brought a scripture to mind. Jesus taught them to pray “in earth as it is in heaven”. I was instantly impressed with the knowledge that somewhere on the earth there must be an exact duplicate of this pattern. This pattern is not new, some of the names for this fusion [are]…’Seal of Solomon’ and the Star of David’. No matter what the symbol is called, or whether it stands for the union of…God and man, it is the power of a balanced collective consciousness.

– STAR OF DAVID, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, LighthouseLibrary.com

STAR OF DAVID: The Star of David or the Creator’s Star. The six points represent six aspects of God: love, mercy, wisdom, majesty, power, and justice. In this form, the two triangles represent the Trinity.

– Star of David, Christian Symbols, Ezartsncrafts.com

THE STAR OF CREATION (Star of David) – The six-pointed star is several symbols in one. The star is made up of two triangles, each representing the Trinity. The six-sided star they form is a symbol of creation. Thus the symbol means that the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, were all a part of the creation of the world.

– The Star of Creation, ChristianSymbols.net

Six-pointed Star: Route six corners correspond to the six days of creation. These are also the six attributes of God: love, power, wisdom, mercy, justice and majesty. It is also known as Star of David in Judaism. Six-pointed star – a Christian symbol

– Christianity, Religious Symbols and their Meanings, Relijournal.com

Six pointed stars symbolize Israel and is called the Star of David. It represents the six attributes of God – power, wisdom, majesty, love, mercy and justice.

– Stars as Christian Symbols, Catholic-Saints.info

Six Pointed Star: Star of Creation, Star of David. Although ancient and symbolizing the six days of creation, best known in modern times as a symbol of Judaism.

– Christian Symbols, Symbols, Gocek.org

Six-Pointed Star: Stars with six points have a deep ancient history that has been connected to many other religions with a range of meanings. In regards to Christianity, the star with six points is known as the Creator’s Star (or the Star of Creation). Each of the points represents the six days of creation, and is also representative of six attributes associated with God;- love, mercy, power, wisdom, majesty, and justice. The six-pointed star is also a symbol of Judaism in modern-day Israel, which is called the Star of David.

– Symbolism of Stars in Christianity, by Yona Williams, Unexplainable.net

Third Temple Ikonography

Third Temple Ikonography

After the destruction of the First Temple, Jews believed that God would forgive them and enable them to rebuild the Temple – an event that actually occurred within three generations. After the destruction of the Second Temple, Jews wondered whether this would happen again. When the Emperor Hadrian threatened to rebuild Jerusalem as a pagan city dedicated to Jupiter, in 132, Aelia Capitolina, some of the leading sages of the Sanhedrin supported a rebellion led by Simon Bar Kosiba (later known as Bar Kokhba), who established a short-lived independent state that was conquered by the Romans in 135. With this defeat, Jews’ hopes that the Temple would be rebuilt were crushed. Nonetheless, belief in a Third Temple remains a Cornerstone of Jewish belief.

– Pharisees, Wikipedia

A ‘Cornerstone’ of Judaism’s Beliefs

Belief in a Third Temple remains a Cornerstone of Jewish belief.

Pharisees, Wikipedia

The 12 Signs of the Zodiac for the 12 Apostles of Christianity and 12 Tribes of Israel

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Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Pisces the Fish is the Apostle Matthias (replacing Judas) and the Tribe of Levi
Autumn constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of October
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Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aries the Ram is the Apostle Peter and the Tribe of Zebulon
Autumn constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of November
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Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Taurus the Bull is the Apostle Simon and the Tribe of Joseph
Autumn constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of December
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Gemini (May 21 – June 21)

Gemini the Twins is the Apostle James and the Tribe of Benjamin
Winter constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of January
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Cancer (June 22 – July 22)

Cancer the Crab is the Apostle Andrew and the Tribe of Issachar
Winter Constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of February
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Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Leo the Lion is the Apostle John and the Tribe of Judah
Winter constellation, best viewed in the night during the month of March
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Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Virgo the Virgin is the Apostle Phillip and the Tribe of Naphtali
Spring constellation, best viewed during the month of April
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Libra (September 23 – October 23)

Libra the Scales of Balance is the Apostle Nathaniel and the Tribe of Asher
Spring constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of May
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Scorpio (October 24 – November 21)

Scorpio the Scorpion is the Apostle Thomas and the Tribe of Dan
Spring constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of June
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Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius the Archer is the Apostle James and the Tribe of Gad
Summer constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month July
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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorn the Sea Goat is the Apostle Matthew and the Tribe of Simeon
Summer constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of August
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Aquarius (January 20 – Febuary 18)

Aquarius the Water Bearer is the Apostle Thaddeus and the Tribe of Reuben
Summer constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of September
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Number- Zodiac, Tribe, Apostle
1) Pisces, Levi, Judas Iscariot
2) Aries, Zebulon, Peter
3) Taurus, Joseph, Simon
4) Gemini, Benjamin, James
5) Cancer, Issachar, Andrew
6) Leo, Judah, John
7) Virgo, Naphtali, Phiilip
8) Libra, Asher, Nathaniel
9) Scorpio, Dan, Thomas
10) Sagittarius, Gad, James
11) Capricorn, Simeon, Matthew
12) Aquarius, Reuben, Thaddeus

 

The Complete ‘Root and Branch’ List of Bible References

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the Churches. I am the Root and the Branch (offspring) of David, the bright, Morning Star.

– Revelation 22:16

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>— The Complete ‘Root and Branch’ List of Bible References —<
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His Roots are dried Below, and his Branch is cut off Above.

– Job 18:16

My Roots will reach to the water, and the dew will lie all night on my Branches.

– Job 29:19

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch from his Roots will bear fruit.

– Isaiah 11:1

And it sprung up and grew into a spreading vine of low stature, and the Branches thereof looked towards him, and the Roots thereof were under him. So it became a vine, and grew into Branches, and shot forth sprigs.

– Ezekiel 17:6

And there was another large eagle, with great wings, and many feathers, and behold this vine, bending as it were her Roots towards him, stretched forth her Branches to him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.

– Ezekiel 17:7

Say thou: Thus saith the Lord God: Shall it prosper then? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and strip off its fruit, and dry up all the branches it hath shot forth, and make it wither: and this without a strong arm, or many people, to pluck it up by the root?

– Ezekiel 17:9

How beautiful the tree was- So tall, with such long Branches. Its Roots reached down to the deep-flowing streams.

– Ezekiel 31:7

And if they flourish in Branches for a time, yet standing not fast, they shall be shaken with the wind, and through the force of winds they shall be Rooted out.

– Wisdom 4:4

Out of a Branch of her Roots shall one stand up in his place, who shall come with an army and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them and shall prevail.

– Daniel 11:7

To fear the Lord is the Root of Wisdom; her Branches are long life.

– Sirach 1:20

The Root of wisdom is to fear the LORD and the Branches thereof are longlived.

– Sirach 1:25

Her children shall not take Root, and her Branches shall bring forth no fruit.

– Sirach 23:35

The Offspring of the ungodly shall not bring forth many Branches, and make a noise as unclean Roots upon the top of a rock.

– Sirach 40:15

‘For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,’ says the LORD of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither Root nor Branch.”

– Malachi 4:1

If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the Root is holy, so are the Branches.

– Romans 11:16

If some of the Branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive Root,

– Romans 11:17

Do not consider yourself to be superior to those other Branches. If you do, consider this- You do not support the Root, but the Root supports you.

– Romans 11:18

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the Churches. I am the Root and the Branch (offspring) of David, the bright, Morning Star.

– Revelation 22:16

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King David would say his Star is SEVEN, and never SIX…Six…six…..

 

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7 = The 6 points plus the center
7 = The 6 days of Creation plus the seventh day of rest
7 = The 6 working days in the week plus Shabbat
7 = The 6 directions of space plus the center (Up, Down, East, West, South, North, and Center)
7 = The 6 Sefirot of the Male (Zeir Anpin) united with the Seventh Sefirot of the Female (Nekuva).

– Secrets Behind the Star of David, Star of David, Taliscope.com

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The Elemental Archangel of Fire?

The Elemental Archangel of Fire?

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The Star of David Symbols of the Four Elements- Earth, Water, Air, and Fire

 

Fire: a triangle pointing up.
Air: a triangle pointing up and with a horizontal line through the middle of it.
Water: a triangle pointing down.
Earth: a triangle pointing down and with a horizontal line through the middle of it.

– The Four Elements, Angelfire.com

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One of the Oldest, yet still the best, most popular, and most misunderstood Symbolic Representations of the Four Elements bases itself upon two sets of opposing equilateral triangles which come together to form the Star of David. All things considered, most especially the fact that Christian Europe has been using this particular Alchemical insignia since the Middle Ages, one can rightfully claim the entire system of symbolizing the Four Elements is a classic example of the Judeo/Christian Tradition, both then and now. What follows is a brief listing of the most common form of triangles as they relate to the Four Elements of God’s Creation:

The Ancient Triangle Symbols of the Four Elements
1) FIRE: Upward Triangle colored Red
2) WATER: Downward Triangle colored Blue
3) AIR: Upward Triangle colored Yellow with horizontal dash through the upper tip of Triangle
4) EARTH: Downward Triangle colored Green with a horizontal dash drawn through the lower tip of Triangle

In essence, the Star of David provides the most simplistic (and easy to draw) method of representing the various combinations of either Air and Earth, Fire and Water, Air and Water, or Fire and Earth.

Opposing elements are on opposite sides…and are distinguished by the presence or absence of the crossbar within the triangle…Air and earth are opposites and have the crossbar. Water and fire are also opposites, and lack the crossbar.

– Elemental Qualities, by Catherine Breyer, About.com

Also, even Earth and Water may be drawn using a Star of David, in spite of the fact that both of them have Downward Triangles as their official symbols. Why? Because Water is considered lighter than Earth and so becomes an Upward Triangle so that both together still form a Star of David, just as Fire is lighter is than Air and therefore represented with a Star of David when combined.

The Blatantly Obvious Star of David = Earth + Air = Water + Fire
The Somewhat Obvious Star of David = Earth + Fire = Water = Air
The Not so Obvious Star of David = Earth + Water = Air + Fire

References to the Triangular Symbolism of the Four Elements

Each element is either warm or cold, and this corresponds with a male or female gender…The orientation of the triangle is determined by warmth or coldness, male or female. Male, warm elements point upward, ascending toward the spiritual realm. Female, cold elements point downward, descending into the earth.

– Four Elements and their Qualities, by Catherine Beyer, About.com

Each element has a symbol and color. Common symbols are Fire: a triangle pointing up. Air: a triangle pointing up and with a horizontal line through the middle of it. Water: a triangle pointing down. Earth: a triangle pointing down and with a horizontal line through the middle of it.

– The Four Elements, Angelfire.com

The four classic elements are still essential symbols of the cultures and belief systems of many groups, including Native Americans, pagans and various tribal groups throughout the world…During the Greek Hellenic civilization (323-146 B.C.), the symbols used to represent the four elements of Greek physics were based on the triangle:

Fire: Triangle points up
Water: Triangle points down
Air: Triangle points up with a horizontal line through center of triangle
Earth: Triangle points down with a horizontal line through center of triangle

– Colors and Symbols of Four Elements, Feng-shui.lovetoknow.com

The Seven Old Testament Cornerstones in Brief

The Seven Old Testament Cornerstones: Job 38:6, Psalms 118:22, Psalms 144:12, Isaiah 19:13, Isaiah 28:16, Jeremiah 51:26, Zechariah 10:4

Image1) JOB: On what were its footings set, or who laid its Cornerstone? (Job 38:6)
2) PSALMS: The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone. (Psalms 118:22)
3) PSALMS: May our daughters be as Cornerstones, polished like that of a palace. (Psalms 144:12)
4) ISAIAH: Those who are the Cornerstone of her tribes have led Egypt astray. (Isaiah 19:13)
5) ISAIAH: Behold, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious Cornerstone. (Isaiah 28:16)
6) JEREMIAH: No rock will be taken from you for a Cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation. (Jeremiah 51:26)
7) ZECHARIAH: From Judah will come the Cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow. (Zechariah 10:4)

The Native Below and the Stranger Above in the Babylonian Talmud

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The native Below and the alien in the Heavens Above?

– Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 47a

Is the native born to be on the Earth and the stranger in the Highest Heavens?

– Babylonian Talmud, Baba Kamma 42a

The native then would be in the Earth and the stranger in the Highest Heavens?

– Babylonian Talmud, ‘Erubin 9a

The Declaration of Independence laid the Cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.

– John Adams

The Temple of Jerusalem Then, Now, and perhaps Tomorrow…

The Temple of Jerusalem Then, Now, and perhaps Tomorrow...

Mini Ikons of the 1st Temple of Solomon, the 2nd Temple of Herod, and proposed designs for the 3rd Temple of Jerusalem built sometime in the future.

Elemental Epochs of Time

Epoch (noun)
1. a point in time beginning a new or distinctive period,
2. a long period of time marked by some predominant or typical characteristic; era
(from New Latin epocha, from Greek epokhē- cessation; related to ekhein to hold, have)
epochal (adj.), epochally (adv.)

– Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged

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The Epochs of the Elements can be divided into Four distinct types of incremental Epochs consisting of Four equal parts- the Epoch of the Sun, or the Daily Epoch (24 hours), the Epoch of the Moon, or the Monthly Epoch (4 Weeks), Epoch of the Earth, or the Yearly Epoch (12 Months), and the Epoch of Man, or the Lifetime Epoch (72 Years). The specifics of each Epoch can be listed in the following manner:

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Elemental Epochs (Daily, Monthly, Yearly, and Lifelong)
Epoch of the Sun: Dawn, Noonday, Dusk, Midnight.
Epoch of the Moon: Full Moon, Waxing Moon, Waning Moon, New Moon
Epoch of the Earth: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Epoch of Man: Birth, Youth, Maturity, Old Age

– The Daily Epoch consists of Four 6-hour periods of time starting at Midnight (24-hour day begins), moves on to Dawn (Start of Day), Noon (Middle of Day), Dusk (End of Day), and then back to Midnight (New Day).
– The Monthly Epoch consists of Four 7-day weeks corresponding to the Four Phases of the Moon (Lunar Phases) which are called the Full Moon, Waxing Moon, Waning Moon, and New Moon.
– The Yearly Epoch is comprised of Four 3-Months periods marking off the Four Seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
– The Lifetime Epoch contains approximately 72 years (Average Lifesapan) divided into Four 18-year Stages of Life called Birth, Youth, Maturity, Old Age.

Daily Epoch of the Four Corners: East, South, West, North
Monthly Epoch of the Four Colors: Yellow, Red, Blue, Green
Yearly Epoch of the Four Elements: Air, Fire, Water, Earth
Lifelong Epoch of the Four Archangels: Raphael, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel

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The Four Cardinal Directions directly corresponds to the Four Times in a Day.

Direction and Time of Day
East —> South –> West —> North
Dawn –> Noon –> Dusk –> Midnight

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The Four Colors of the Elements directly corresponds to the Four Phases of the Moon.

Color and Phase of Moon
Yellow ———–> Red ———-> Blue ————–> Green
Waxing Moon –> Full Moon –> Waning Moon –> New Moon

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The Four Elements of Creation directly corresponds to the Four Seasons in a Year.

Element and Season
Air ——> Fire ——> Water –> Earth
Spring –> Summer –> Fall —> Winter
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The Four Archangels of the Four Corners directly corresponds to the Four Periods in a Lifetime.

Archangel and Period of Life
Raphael –> Michael –> Gabriel –> Uriel
Birth —–> Youth —-> Maturity –> Old Age

A Peek at Hell, what Jesus Christ called Gehenna

A Peek at Hell, what Jesus Christ called Gehenna

Looks like the grass in Hell is greener than it has ever been!

The origin of the Judeo/Christian Devil as an angel fallen from heaven into the depths of hell is mirrored in the descent of Venus from shining morning star to the darkness below. This underworld demon, still feared today by people in many parts of the world, is also called Lucifer, which was originally a Latin name for Venus as a morning star.

Venus Revealed, by David Grinspoon

Judeo-Christian isn’t., GodlessPaladin.com

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I disagree, and will probably never stop disagreeing with anybody who uses such dirty, filthy words where young children can see them and read them…

 

The Big, Big Bible called the Jewish Torah

The Big, Big Bible called the Jewish Torah

I don’t think they make them this ‘Big’ anymore except maybe for a Hollywood Movie ‘stage-prop’, but that’s about it. They just don’t write them like they used to…

God bless and Shalom.

The Epochs of the Four Elements

Epoch of Air
Day: Dawn
Month: Waxing Moon
Year: Spring
Lifespan: Birth

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Epoch of Fire
Day: Noon
Month: Full Moon
Year: Summer
Lifespan: Youth

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Epoch of Water
Day: Dusk
Month: Waning Moon
Year: Fall
Lifespan: Maturity

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Epoch of Earth
Day: Midnight
Month: New Moon
Year: Winter
Lifespan: Old Age

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Choose Your Favorite Archangel of the Four Corners!

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Raphael, Elemental Archangel of the Air in the East
Michael, Elemental Archangel of the Fire in the South
Gabriel, Elemental Archangel of the Water in the West
Uriel, Elemental Archangel of the Earth in the North

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Raphael in the Northwest, Gabriel in the Northeast, Michael in the Southeast,and Uriel in the Southwest

The Judeo/Christian Faith of President Barack Obama

The Judeo/Christian Faith of President Barack Obama

My Bible tells me that if we train a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not turn from it. I think faith and guidance can help fortify a young woman’s sense of self, a young man’s sense of responsibility, and a sense of reverence all young people for the act of sexual intimacy.

– Barack Obama, U.S. President (2008-2012)

A Few Pertinent ‘Judeo/Christian Tradition’ References…

A Few Pertinent References...

+ Hexter, J. H. The Judaeo-Christian Tradition (Second Edition). Yale University Press, 1995; ISBN 978-0-300-04572-7

+ Cohen, Arthur A. The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition. Harper & Row, New York, 1970.

+ Moore, Deborah Dash. ‘Jewish GIs and the Creation of the Judeo-Christian Tradition,’ Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Winter, 1998)

The Laws and Traditions of the United States are indeed Based upon the Bible and the ‘Ten Commandments of God ‘

Instead of typing up any long-winded arguments, I’ll let a few past Presidents of the United States of America make the point for me:

 

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It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
    
– George Washington, Former U.S. President (1789-1797)

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon…the Bible’s Ten Commandments of God.
    
– James Madison, Former U.S. President (1809-1817)

From the time of the Declaration of Independence, the American People were bound by the laws of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which they all acknowledge as the root of their conduct. We all came together to obey the Bible.
    
– John Quincy Adams, Former U.S. President (1825-1829)

The Bible is the Rock on which this Republic rests.
    
– Andrew Jackson, Former U.S. President (1829-1837)

I do believe in Almighty God! And I believe also in the Bible...Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,’ and exclaim, ‘Christ first, our country next!’
    
– Andrew Johnson, Former U.S. President (1865-1869)

Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.
    
– Ulysses S. Grant, Former U.S. President (1869-1877)

If you take out of your statutes, your constitution, your family life all that is taken from the Bible, what would there be left to bind society together?
    
– Benjamin Harrison, Former U.S. President (1889-1893)

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Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally-I do not mean figuratively, but literally-impossible for us to figure what that loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.
    
– Theodore Roosevelt, Former U.S. President (1901-1909)

I have a very simple thing to ask of you. I ask every man and woman in this audience that from this day on they will realize that part of the destiny of America lies in their daily perusal of the Bible.
    
– Woodrow Wilson, Former U.S. President (1913-1921)

The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country..
    
– Calvin Coolidge, Former U.S. President (1923-1929)

The whole inspiration of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American life.
    
– Herbert Hoover, Former U.S. President (1929-1933)

We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.
    
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, Former U.S. President (1933-1945)

This Nation was established by men who believed in God. … You will see the evidence of this deep religious faith on every hand.
    
– Harry S. Truman, Former U.S. President (1945-1953)

The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in the right for anybody except the state.
    
– Harry S. Truman, Former U.S. President (1945-1953)

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The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth. The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words. In no other book is there such a collection of inspired wisdom, reality, and hope.
 
– Dwight D. Eisenhower, Former U.S. President (1953-1961)

The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers’ abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual. This same sense of man patterned the convictions of those who framed the English system of law inherited by our own Nation, as well as the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
    
– Ronald Reagan, Former U.S. President (1980-1988)

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My Bible tells me that if we train a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not turn from it. I think faith and guidance can help fortify a young woman’s sense of self, a young man’s sense of responsibility, and a sense of reverence all young people for the act of sexual intimacy.
    
– Barack Obama, U.S. President (2008-2012)

 

Reference to God in the Declaration of Independence

Reference to God in the Declaration of Independence

It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.

– George Washington, Former U.S. President (1789-1797)

Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.
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And we’re also remembering the guiding light of our Judeo/Christian tradition. All of us here today are descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, sons and daughters of the same God. I believe we are bound by faith in our God, by our love for family and neighborhood, by our deep desire for a more peaceful world, and by our commitment to protect the freedom which is our legacy as Americans.

– Ronald Reagan, Former U.S. President (1980-1988)

East and West, North and South…

East and West..., North and South...

The Archangels of the Four Corners-

East = Raphael
West = Gabriel

North =  Uriel
South = Michael

 

Presidential Judeo/Christian Quotables

Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book are we indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.

– Ulysses S. Grant, Former U.S. President (1869-1877)

A Limited Collection of Obama’s Judeo/Christian Quotables for Election Day, 2012

Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo/Christian tradition.

– Barack Obama
 

 

The Insidious Lies

 

14 percent of Americans (24 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of Democrats) believe President Barack Obama may be the Antichrist.

– Obama may be the Anti-Christ, by the Sunday Times, March 28, 2010.

Specific Beliefs of Certain Americans
 38%  Obama wants to abolish the right to bear arms
 32%  Obama is actually a Muslim in disguise
 29%  Obama intends to end U.S. independence and establish a single world government.
 29%  Obama has secretly violated the U.S. Constitution
 27%  Obama resents America’s heritage
 27%  Obama is the puppet of Wall Street bankers
 25%  Obama was not actually born on United States soil
 25%  Obama is the enemy of the U.S. Constitution
 23%  Obama is a racist
 23%  Obama is anti-American
 23%  Obama plans on staging a economic collapse of terrorist incident to seize control and declare Martial Law
 20%  Obama is doing the same thing Hitler did

I’VE NO REASON TO THINK HE IS A CHRISTIAN… Anyone can say he’s a Christian…Some people will say whatever they think the politically helpful thing would be. I say, ‘Where is the evidence that he is a Christian?’

– Bob Jones III, Chancellor of Bob Jones University

The President, he says he is Christian but yet he’s exercises a lot of Muslim faith too…I just believe that he needs to come forward with his views a little bit clearer….I don’t know if he is or isn’t, but I DON’T BELIEVE HE’S A CHRISTIAN.

– Scott D’Amboise, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maine 2012

Pointing to the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus says, ‘you will know them by their fruits,’ [Steven Andrew] the ministry president explains that by looking at Obama’s fruits, JESUS SAYS OBAMA IS NOT A CHRISTIAN...’We now see Obama is anti-God,’ he adds.

– Pastor Steven Andrew, President of USA Christian Ministries

 

 

The Simple Truth

As somebody who relies heavily on MY CHRISTIAN FAITH in my job, I understand the passions that religious faith can raise.

– President Barack Obama (2008-2012)

(The story of Jesus’ birth) that we are called to love each other as we love ourselves, that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper, and our destinies are linked…It’s a message that guides MY CHRISTIAN FAITH.

– President Barack Obama (2008-2012)

(We can) see God in other people and do our best to help them find their, you know, their own grace…So that’s what I strive to do…That’s what I pray to do everyday. I think my public service is part of that effort to express MY CHRISTIAN FAITH.

– President Barack Obama (2008-2012)

I am a Christian by choice…I came to MY CHRISTIAN FAITH later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.

– President Barack Obama (2008-2012)

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Some Official QUOTE/UNQUOTE Press Reports about Obama’s Christian Faith

Obama’s Christian Rhetoric
QUOTE--As president, Barack Obama has mentioned Jesus Christ in a number of high-profile public speeches – something his predecessor George W. Bush rarely did in such settings, even though Bush’s Christian faith was at the core of his political identity…Obama’s invocation of the Christian Messiah is more overt than Americans heard in the public rhetoric of Bush in his time in the White House – even though Bush’s victories were powered in part by evangelical voters….Still, it is ironic that Obama, who rode a wave of young, Internet-savvy and more secular voters to the White House, would more freely invoke the name of Jesus Christ than did Bush.–-UNQUOTE

Obama’s Christian Beliefs
QUOTE–-In openly personal terms, President Barack Obama on Tuesday honored the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, saying he draws inspiration from an eternal story of pain, suffering and redemption…Obama’s comments provided a brief, uncommon opening into how he views his Christian faith. He told the religious leaders that their examples are followed by millions of people. He welcomed them warmly as “my brothers and sisters in Christ” and honored Christ as “our risen savior.”…Obama has also held White House events honoring the Jewish and Muslim faiths.—UNQUOTE

Obama’s Christian Family Prayer
QUOTE–-The first family says grace each night before dinner, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle told ABC News in an interview that aired Friday…The Obamas have frequently spoken about prayer since arriving in the White House. Last month, Michelle Obama told a nationally syndicated radio show that the Obamas can feel prayers that are said for them…In 2009, Barack Obama said that he had stepped up his praying since becoming president ‘because I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate, and I need guidance all the time.’…He told ABC News then that he starts each morning by reviewing a devotional he receives on his BlackBerry.–UNQUOTE

Obama’s Little Known Christian Faith
QUOTE—A new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life indicates that the number of Americans who erroneously believe President Obama is a Muslim is growing…In March 2009, the percentage was 11 percent. Today, it’s 18 percent…The percentage of those asserting that the president is a Christian — which he is — has gone down in that time, from 48% in March 2009 to 34% today…A plurality of Americans — 43% — say they don’t know what religion the president is.-UNQUOTE

Obama’s Daily Christian Readings
QUOTE—President Barack Obama is a great example of how technology and religion are symbiotic. Each morning, Obama reads a devotional on his BlackBerry….“I pray all the time now – because I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate and I need guidance all the time,” he said with a laugh during an interview with ABC’s Nightline that was aired Thursday night…Obama said he receives his daily devotional from Joshua DuBois, his director of faith and neighborhood initiatives….“That’s how I start my morning. You know, he’s got a passage, scripture, in some cases quotes from other faiths to reflect on. This is something where you just hope that you are aligning your work with His purposes and that you’re attuned to the needs of the people you’re there to serve,” he said.–-UNQUOTE

Obama’s Tolerant Christian Understanding of Faith and Sin
QUOTE—This is a country that is still predominantly Christian, but we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists” and others, he said, adding that “their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own, and that is part of what makes this country what it is.”…Humans are “sinful” and “flawed” beings that make mistakes and “achieve salvation through the grace of God,” the president continued….Obama responded that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare” in America, adding that families — not the government — “should be the ones making the decision.”…Restrictions against late-term abortion are in place now, he said, adding that “people still argue and disagree about it. That’s part of our Democratic tradition.’-UNQUOTE

Obama’s Christian Faith Denied and Defamed
QUOTE-Americans have some extreme views of President Obama, with a new controversial survey suggesting that 40 percent of adults believe he is a socialist, and about a quarter of survey participants thinking the president is a racist, anti-American and even doing things Hitler did…When broken out by political party, results showed some stark differences. For instance, the majority of Republicans believed the president is a Muslim and a socialist, while around 40 percent believe he is a racist, someone who resents American heritage and “wants terrorists to win.”…Forty percent of Republicans, compared with just 15 percent of Democrats, think Wall Street pulls his strings.-UNQUOTE
 
Obama’s Non-Muslim Past and Christian Present
QOUTE—Obama, however, claimed that his father, who he only knew as an infant, was an atheist. He assured that his time as President has only served to deepen his commitment to Christianity….Obama has repeatedly said that he is a Christian and prays regularly, but more Americans than ever have raised doubts over his beliefs.-UNQUOTE

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Did you know that…???
1) Since becoming President, Obama has mentioned Jesus Christ by name in public far more often than George Bush ever did during his tenure?
2) The Obama family, including his wife Michelle and their two daughters, recite Christian grace and prayers every night before eating dinner?
3) Barack Obama begins each morning by reading and reflecting upon Christian Scriptures and Prayers with one of his Christian staff members?
4) The historical evidence shows that Obama was never really a Muslim believer, while his sincere and authentic conversion to Christianity later in life has been clearly documented and verified?
5) President Obama has read and studied Roman Catholic Saint Augustine, the Christian intellectual Graham Greene, and the famous Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr?

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Obama’s Public Christian Witness
Opposition: I don’t need to hear politicians tell me how religious they are…Obama in a very overt way does what Bush tended to do in a more covert way. (Rev. Barry Lynn, United for Separation of Church and State)
Acceptance: I don’t recall a single example of Bush ever saying Jesus or Christ…This is different…I applaud that. It gives people a sense of comfort. (Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council)

Obama’s Actual Christian Faith
Opposition: Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn’t meet that requirement…Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called ‘false prophets’. (Cal Thomas)
Acceptance: Obama has accepted Jesus Christ. That’s what he says he has done. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said. (Reverend Franklin Graham, Son of Billy Graham)

Obama’s Christian Beliefs
Opposition: The fact Senator Obama denies Jesus is the only way to be saved…calls into question whether he believes…It is time for Senator Obama to be held accountable for what he says he believes to examine if he really is a Christian. (Bill Keller)
Acceptance: The president says he’s a Christian. I take him at his word…I think the faith that most Americans are questioning is the President’s faith in the government to generate jobs. (Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell)

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>>> Obama’s Christian Journey to Baptism, Wife, and Family <<<

Non-Christian Upbringing
Born in Hawaii, Obama was never baptized or taken to Church by any family relatives or friends until he moved out east and attended Columbia University in New York City. Once there, he began attending services at African-American Churches in Harlem in order to enjoy the Gospel music and Christian sermons.

Non-Christian Father
Barack’s real father was indeed a Muslim who apparently became an atheist, eventually abandoning his (white) American wife to then move back to Islamic Africa and remarry.
 
Non-Christian Mother
President Obama describes his white mother’s attitude towards faith as being spiritual, but essentially non-religious. Sometimes, she would tell him stories about the Church she previously attended including the Christian hypocrisy, cruelty, and stupidity she encountered there.
 
Religious Conversion
Barack Obama was baptized as a Protestant Christian in 1988 by Rev. Jeremiah Wright at Trinity United Church of Christ

Church Involvement
He remained an active member of the same Protestant Church for 20 years before running for President of the United States of America

Christian Presidency
Prays daily, recites Christian grace with his family at every evening meal, continues to attend Church services whenever possible, mentions God, Jesus Christ, and Scriptures in public speeches all the time

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The Seven Hells of Judaism

>***<The Seven Hells of Judaism>***<

Hell has Seven divisions, one beneath the other. They are called Sheol, Abaddon, Beer Shahat, Tit ha-Yawen, Sha’are Mawet, Sha’are Zalmawet, and Gehenna.

– The Legends of the Jews, Louis Ginzberg

The Seven Hells of Judaism
1) Sheol
2) Abaddon
3) Beer Shahat
4) Tit ha-Yawen
5) Sha’are Mawet
6) Sha’are Zalmawet
7) Gehenna
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Joshua b. Levi stated: ‘Gehenna has Seven names and they are: Nether-world, Destruction, Pit, Tumultuous Pit, Miry Clay, Shadow of Death, and the Underworld.’

– Babylonian Talmud, ‘Erubin 19a

The Seven Hells in Judaism according to the Talmud
!) Nether-world
2) Destruction
3) Pit
4) Tumultuous Pit
5) Miry Clay
6) Shadow of Death
7) Underworld

– Babylonian Talmud, ‘Erubin 19a
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>***<The Seven Hells of Judaism>***<

Those who Scream and those who Gather in the Babylonian Talmud

In the Talmud, there are Screamers, there are Gatherers, and there are those do None of the Above…

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What is meant by a Screamer? – Rab Judah replied in the name of Samuel: ‘One who speaks aloud on marital matters.’ In a Baraitha it was taught: ‘By screams was meant a wife whose voice during her [sexual] intercourse in one court can be heard in another court.’

– Babylonian Talmud, Kethuboth 72b

What is meant by one WHO GATHERS? – Rab Judah replied: ‘One who gathers dogs’ excrements’.

– Babylonian Talmud, Kethuboth 77a

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And we’re also remembering the guiding light of our Judeo/Christian tradition. All of us here today are descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, sons and daughters of the same God. I believe we are bound by faith in our God, by our love for family and neighborhood, by our deep desire for a more peaceful world, and by our commitment to protect the freedom which is our legacy as Americans.

— Ronald Reagan, U.S. President (1980-1988)

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