Daily Archives: 22 Oct 2017

The Greatest Theologians…

All lived before the second century CE.  They are the folk who wrote what would become Scripture (the Bible).  And no theologian since has been worthy to lick the dust from their feet.

They were, one and all, geniuses.  From the author of Ps 137 to Qoheleth to Isaiah to the Deuteronomists to Luke and John and James and all the rest.  Peerless geniuses.

Thank God for them.

Every. Single. Sunday.

A Delightful Curse on a Lead Scroll

Fun

Kim Rendfeld

Only a historical novelist would use the word “delightful” to describe a curse inscribed on a rolled thin sheet of lead. Well, maybe an archaeologist or historian might know what I mean.

In research for my short story “Betrothed to the Red Dragon,” I came across this tidbit. Followers of the Celtic deity Sulis would write their requests to her on a lead scroll or tablet and toss it in a sacred hot spring at Bath. When the Roman ruled over Britain, that spring did some double duty as a space for devotion to Sulis and the Roman goddess Minerva. In fact, she is often called Sulis Minerva.

Roman baths Roman baths at Bath Spa in England (Photo by David Iliff, license CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

To polytheistic Celts, it was not a big deal. They could still worship Sulis and let her know their wishes, a lot of them…

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Take Up Your Cross

I Wish Someone in Mongolia Would Get on Twitter….

Come on, Mongolia!  I don’t mind that several countries in the Middle East and Africa don’t follow on twitter (even though it does hurt my feelings), but you?  Come on….