Daily Archives: 5 Jan 2019

The Walls

Be sure to today’s episode of This American Life on walls.  And then think about the folly of walls and the foolish souls who want them.

Well Are We Supposed to Do it Or Aren’t We?

I love the juxtaposition of these two verses- kudos to the editor of Proverbs with the fun sense of humor and the more than a little subversive attitude:

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. (Prov. 26:4-5)

So I suppose sometimes do and sometimes don’t.

The Exploration of Sela

Here’s an interesting archaeological news report:

Overseeing the Edom Plateau, south of Jordan, between Tafila and Busayra, stands the Edomite-Nabataean mountain stronghold, Sela, a fortress carved into the mountain, dating back more than 3,000 years.

A carved inscription and relief (engraved representation) of the Neo-Babylonian King Nabonidu (556-539BC), uncovered in Sela, stand witness to the importance of the age-old fortress during the period of Mesopotamian expansion into the area of Transjordan, said  Jordanian scholar Mohammad Najjar.

Sela was strategic to any military movement into the southern parts of Transjordan, as it guarded the settlements and agrarian land plots in its vicinity and stood as a watchtower over the entire south-western regions.

Greek historian Strabo (64BC-24AD) described it as “the metropolis of the Nabataean… fortified all around by rock, the outside part of the site being precipitous and sheer, and the inside parts having springs in abundance, both for domestic use and watering gardens”.

Etc.  Enjoy!