While controversial, the scientific theory that some insects have in fact taken on protective coloring to camouflage themselves in an industrially altered habitat is an apt metaphor for our current environmental predicament. The light-colored moth predominated in the population, presumably because it blended with the white birch trunks and the light lichen on oak trees. However, decades after the start of the Industrial Revolution, it was observed in Manchester, England, that the dark form of the peppered moth began to predominate the population, as pollution from the surrounding factories killed the lichen and covered the birch trees with soot. The concept of industrial melanism is a starting point for many of my photographs, which are imaginary interpretations of the scientific theory.
The Hebrew word used here for "men" is "Ghever," and it is commonly associated with warfare. Exodus does not specify how or if the men were armed unless perhaps Exodus Yet it does not seem to occur to the fleeing Israelites to fight back against the pursuing Egyptians.
They behave like a small band of trapped refugees. Other Bible sources, such as the census that was taken later, indicate a much smaller number of Hebrew refugees. The sun moved backwards for Joshua and for Hezekiah.
It was a sin to make up this hoax.
It is a smaller sin to propagate it without verifying the facts, but certain evangelists do just that. The idea behind the story is to make up some scientific-sounding story to explain a Biblical event. This pattern appears later in creationism literature, in supplying details of the catastrophes claimed to be part of the Flood events.
My objection to the Biblical story is that I don't see how this could have happened without leaving some geological trace, and without the Book of Jashar mentioned in Joshua Certain sections of the Bible imply that the Joshuan conquest was a sudden sweeping through the land of Canaan.
Archeology suggests that the conquest was gradual, over a period of a hundred years or so, and so do certain other Biblical texts. If those are the only problems, then the accuracy of the Bible after Genesis 11 compares favorably with other ancient literature the Iliad.
The examples cited above are trivial and are not important to Salvation. The point is, if those three are all the inaccuracies we can complain about, then the Bible after Genesis 11 is rock-solid as a historical source.
The first 11 chapters of Genesis do contain some historically verifiable facts. We know of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. We know the mountains of Ararat in Turkey.
The Tower of Babel is similar to Babylonian ziggurats. The contrast is with the rest of the Bible. You can carbon-date to the time of Christ a fishing boat excavated from the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, and match certain of its design features to the Gospel account of Jesus calming a storm.
It is only against this high level of verified history that the first part of Genesis seems a little strange. I am not bold or arrogant enough to conclude that "the Biblical statement thatHebrew fighting men crossed the Red Sea is wrong.
I will only say that it sounds suspicious against other Biblical accounts, archaeology, and other historical sources. An Egyptian account of the Exodus story that confirms the Biblical number could be found tomorrow. Miracles Everything else in the Bible that's out of the ordinary is a bona fide miracle.
A miracle is God's temporary suspension of natural laws in response to human need. The turning of water into wine by Jesus is reported as a miracle, so let's believe it that way. We can also believe that God could stop the sun for Joshua and Hezekiah without causing enormous tidal waves.
It's okay to believe that the "extra water" of the Flood came from the hand of God, and then returned to His hand when the Flood was over. The crossing of the Red Seathe stopping of the Jordan River, the destruction of Jericho - these are all miracles enacted by God Almighty. The occurrence of an extremely unlikely event that serves human need can also be viewed as a miracle.
The birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah in their old age was a miracle Genesis However, one had better be very sure that the probabilities have been evaluated correctly, or risk disillusionment later when a more likely mechanism is discovered.
It is certainly difficult to flip coins and have them all come up heads - unless you work on the first one, the second one, and then the third one, and so on until you have heads this process took me only nine minutes.Misc thoughts, memories, proto-essays, musings, etc.
And on that dread day, the Ineffable One will summon the artificers and makers of graven images, and He will command them to give life to their creations, and failing, they and their creations will be dedicated to the flames.
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Notes Rima the Jungle Girl is a character from the novel Green Mansions, who later appeared in a movie and comic books.
A series of lessons and activities based on the book The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. This is one of my favourite books of all time, so my Head of Department bought a set and allowed me to teach exam skills through it/5(4). Chapter Summaries with Notes / Analysis • Prologue: The Illustrated Man • The Veldt • Kaleidoscope • The Other Foot • The Highway • The Man • The Long Rain • The Rocket Man • The Fire Balloons • The Last Night of the World • .
Summary. In the early s, an American man and a girl, probably nineteen or twenty years old, are waiting at a Spanish railway station for the express train that will take them to Madrid.