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  1. You are right on this one. I was going off of memory. Happens some times.
  2. Skelton is right. I'll decease from derailing the thread.
  3. Just as long as Vox Populi is given proper credit for his statement, I'm fine with it.
  4. You should be able to provide a scholar who states that mixed marriages did not take place back then. Failing any positive reference, you should at least mention some of the sources that lead you to believe that such was the case. All in all, a very Nicodemean moment!
  5. I don't know how common this was, but there were bound to be some like that. Also, it wasn't until the Rabbinic era, as Michael Satlow has shown, that the idea of marriage castes really took off. Tacitus indicates that Jews had a reputation for marrying non-Jews, and this can be supported to a certain extent from other sources.
  6. What happened to your assertion that it was, "considered highly inappropriate to marry outside of the ethno-religious group during the period in question."
  7. Sure, as a very quick reference, p. 28 of Shaye Cohen's "From the Maccabees to the Mishnah," notes that Greeks in Egypt frequently intermarried with the Egyptians, losing in the process much of their Greekness.
  8. Wow, how long has your scholarship been out of date? There are examples pointing to mixed marriages, such as Sidonians with Greeks and Idumeans. I even posted a picture of one of those families' fresco.
  9. Nonsense. Even among "Semites" there was a variety of physical types. Edomites and Moabites, for instance, stood out as being reddish. Even the Bible mentions intermarriage long before 0 AD. Also, please look at the picture I posted of the Mt. Nebo mosaic. The artists clearly saw a difference between physical types and were able to portray different colours.
  10. None of the OT scriptures actually relate it to emotions. Also, all the "mind" references in the OT of the KJV are actually "heart" in Hebrew.
  11. It is important to note that in the ancient Semitic idiom, the heart was the seat of thought.
  12. Personally, I think this reconstruction is not a very good one, to put it mildly. The reconstruction is a somewhat exaggerated stereotype, depicting Jesus with broad, bovine features, one wearing an expression of stupidity on his face. Here are images closer to the times of Jesus showing a fair amount of diversity. Mosaics from Sepphoris which was only several miles from Nazareth. Note especially the figures from the synagogue mosaic. Mosaics of Sepphoris Mosaic of Abaraham from the Beit-Alpha synagogue in the Jezreel Valley. richard mcbee - Beit Alpha Mosaics of The Akeidah Beit-Shean in the Jordan Valley. http://cache.virtualtourist.com/4947736-Travel_Picture-Tel_Bet_Shean.jpg http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Early+History+-+Archaeology/Beit+She-an+-+A+Biblical+City+and+Scythopolis+-+A.htm?DisplayMode=print King David from the synagogue at Meroth in Northern Galilee. http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/israel/images/dss721a.jpg The burial caves at Tel Maresha in the Shephelah. Tel Maresha - Beit Guvrin Madaba in Jordan. Home Page Madaba - Jordan Jerash in Jordan. http://lh6.ggpht.com/-h1L7IO_VOXM/TIUBoXTLH6I/AAAAAAAADZ4/kgSFKwO6fig/8-30-2010_006.JPG http://yachtquovadis.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/DSC_6003.jpg Mount Nebo in Jordan. This one is particularly relevant because it shows not only that the ancients could depict very dark skin, but that it was found somewhat rarely in the region. http://www.sacred-destinations.com/jordan/mount-nebo-photos/mosaic-floor2-cc-templar1307.jpg The Jordan Archaeological Museum. Museums - tour
  13. She doesn't mean praising.
  14. I've got you all beat. I've read three pages and never seen any of the movies.
  15. If one doesn't believe in armed takeovers, then a majority of society will have to agree. That is it.
  16. I'm tired of people claiming that it isn't socialism, that socialism is force. Of course for socialism to succeed there has to be a shared goal, ideal and moral code
  17. I mentioned it as an example when you claimed that socialism doesn't encourage people to perform better. Jubilee of Settlement in the Emeq The Pioneer Settlement Museum, Kibbutz Yifat, Gems in Israel, Israel Attractions Jezreel Valley, work drying the swamps., VIA (Visual Information Access), Harvard University These are a few, but most of the sources I could link to are in Hebrew. What I am trying to say is that swamps covered about 30% of the Jezreel Valley. They bred mosquitos and prevented significant cultivation. The people who drained them were mainly socialist, who lived in hellish conditions and engaged in months, even years of back-breaking labour in pursuit of their ideal. Argument by dictionary, in essence, would constrain us to the very short dictionary definition. It, BTW, is a common tactic used by people to deny that we are Christian, by claiming that the dictionary defines us as polytheists. Ironically, Vort's reference doesn't support what he was syaing.
  18. Because you are reading force into it. Force is not socialism. Force may be one of the means to bring about and enforce such a society (or any society), but not everyone believes that it should be employed.