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Donald Trump, Learn a Little History

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Did you know, Don, that the ancient Egyptians wanted to build a wall to keep pastoralist nomads out of the Nile Delta?  Yeah, it didn’t work.

Neferti, (1900 B.C.)-

All happiness has gone away, the land is cast down in trouble because of those feeders, Asiatics (sttyw) who are throughout the land. Enemies have arisen in the East, Asiatics (‘amu) have come down to Egypt … One will build the “Walls of the Ruler” to prevent Asiatics (‘amu) from going down to Egypt. They beg for water in the customary manner in order to let their flocks drink.

Old ideas that never worked: the Trump Way.

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26/09/2016 at 8:15 am

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Signs of the Times

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26/09/2016 at 7:34 am

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Something for the Barthians

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(Most of whom, in America, neither read German nor have read more than a book or two by Barth and yet fancy themselves ‘Barthians’…).

Enjoy this fantastic website highlighting Barth’s resistance to the Nazis and the ‘German Christians’.  It’s authentically excellent.

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26/09/2016 at 6:59 am

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There’s Something Really Wrong With Us

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26/09/2016 at 5:13 am

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Hebrew Bible Job Opening

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Via the undersigned-

Colleagues,
See below for details of a fixed term vacancy in Hebrew Bible at the University of Exeter.
Best wishes,
Paul.

https://jobs.exeter.ac.uk/hrpr_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=144857FtI3&WVID=3817591jNg&LANG=USA

Dr Paul Middleton
Secretary, The British New Testament Society

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25/09/2016 at 8:33 pm

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Quote of the Day

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So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Ps. 90:12)

Every day is a little life; and our whole life is but a day repeated: whence it is that old Jacob numbers his life by days; and Moses desires to be taught this point of holy arithmetic—to number not his years, but his days. Those, therefore, that dare lose a day, are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it, desperate. — (Bishop Hall)

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25/09/2016 at 8:19 pm

The Precious Snowflakes at UCL

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For archaeology students, the opportunity to dig up important historical remains is an enticing prospect. But astonishingly, students at one of Britain’s leading universities have been given permission to walk out of classes if they find dealing with the past too traumatic. The move at University College London (UCL) is the latest example of controversial ‘trigger warnings’, where academics caution students about some potentially disturbing material.

The alerts are common at universities in the United States and are now growing in the UK, but critics have condemned them as ‘madness’.  Students at UCL taking the archaeologies of modern conflict course have been told that they will encounter ‘historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatising’.

That is madness.

If they feel stressed, they can ‘step outside’ for the rest of the class ‘without penalty’, though they should catch up by copying the notes of another student.  Lecturer Gabriel Moshenska, who co-ordinates the UCL course on how archaeology can help unearth the truth about 20th and 21st century conflicts, said some students had been in the Armed Forces and may have suffered psychological trauma.

He admitted no one had ever complained that they found one of his talks upsetting and said the alert was ‘precautionary’.  In another example of trigger warnings, classics lecturer Elizabeth Gloyn alerted students at Royal Holloway, University of London, before a lecture on Roman poet Ovid, saying some of his works described ‘domestic violence and other nasty things’.

Former Government adviser Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign For Real Education, said: ‘This is, in a sense, health and safety going mad again. We are back to an overprotective nanny state. ‘If you sign up for a course on the archaeology of battlefields or the poems of Ovid, you should know what you are going to get.’

Bless….

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25/09/2016 at 8:17 pm

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