Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Classes begin!

Today was my second day of classes! 
Physical Settings of the Bible
Cultural Backgrounds of the Bible
History of Israel in the Second Temple Period
The Parables of Jesus and Rabbinic Meshalim 
Introduction to Islamic Thought and Practice

MY ADDRESS!!!! I would love to get letters or care packages :)

Clara Ryan
#3 Aravnah HaYevusi
Hebron Road,
P.O. Box 1276, Mt. Zion

91012 Jerusalem, Israel

Fun Facts:

  • In biblical times, from around 1250 BCE to 587 BCE, humans reasoned in circular patterns, like rolling up a ball of yarn. Linear, or logic problem solving was unknown in ancient Near East. 
  • Hunting stimulated physical developments like upright posture, which freed the hands for toolmaking and led to the expansion of the brain. Human hunters developed improved functional traits like the ability to solve problems. 
  • There is not year "0"  (zero). I know crazy!  1 BC skips to 1 AD. "AD" actually means "anno Domini - "in the year of the Lord." Not "after death!"
  • "Beth" means "house of." This word was very commonly used in town names. For example, "Bethlehem" means "house of bread." John 6:35 (bread of life, coincidence?)

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