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sylvius
12-04-2013, 09:54 AM
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Chanukah is the time to refine the Greek philosophy and culture that still form the basis of Western science and culture to this day.

The Biblical word for “Greece” (יָוָן) also means “swamp” as in the phrase, “I have drowned in the swampy depths.”

The words “drown” (טָבַע) and “nature” (טֶבַע) use the very same letters; the Greek philosophy of nature “drowns” us in a “swampy pond.”

The problem with Greek philosophy is that it only deals with what the eye can perceive, but cannot fathom the Divine “nothingness.”

Greek philosophers believed that the universe is a given, but creation ex-nihilo is a basic Jewish precept.


Is he right?

What is your take?

sylvius
12-05-2013, 12:59 AM
Chanukah and Christmas have certain things in common.

Both are light-festivals.

Also Christmas has eight days, the 8th being the first day of the new year, the first of January, the day of Jesus' circumcision.


Might Christmas be the feast of the final victory over Greek philosophy?

Christmas in essence being the feast of the second coming of Christ, menttioned in Hebrews 9:28?

duxrow
12-05-2013, 07:00 AM
New Birth! If she has a son, she'll be unclean for a week; then after he's circumcized count 33 days to fulfill her purification. Lev12.

Or, figure a week from Christmas is New Years; then 33 days takes us to 2nd day of February: GROUNDHOG DAY! when the shadow tells us what's to come. Right?

Are we really interested in being purified to enter heaven? :winking0071:

sylvius
12-05-2013, 07:49 AM
New Birth! If she has a son, she'll be unclean for a week; then after he's circumcized count 33 days to fulfill her purification. Lev12.

Or, figure a week from Christmas is New Years; then 33 days takes us to 2nd day of February: GROUNDHOG DAY! when the shadow tells us what's to come. Right?

Are we really interested in being purified to enter heaven? :winking0071:

2nd of February is my birthday :eek:

duxrow
12-05-2013, 08:40 AM
Looking forward to it! Name of gopher should be Hezekiah, IMO, because he saw the shadow of the changing time (as we do..) - that, plus the obvious connection to Leviticus 12. Hezekiah's 15 years seems a pivotal point in his narrative.. you think? :thumb:

Richard Amiel McGough
12-05-2013, 07:18 PM
2nd of February is my birthday :eek:
You're in good company. James Joyce, the Prince of Punsters, was born in Dublin on the second day of the second month. He was clearly fated to spend his life "dublin his mumper all the time". Here's the first page of his masterpiece, Finegans Wake. It is filled to the brim with puns on Biblical references. It starts in the middle of the sentence that ends the book. His intent was to make a "circular" book.


riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend
of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to
Howth Castle and Environs.


Sir Tristram, violer d'amores, fr'over the short sea, had passen-
core rearrived from North Armorica on this side the scraggy
isthmus of Europe Minor to wielderfight his penisolate war: nor
had topsawyer's rocks by the stream Oconee exaggerated themselse
to Laurens County's gorgios while they went doublin their mumper
all the time: nor avoice from afire bellowsed mishe mishe to
tauftauf thuartpeatrick: not yet, though venissoon after, had a
kidscad buttended a bland old isaac: not yet, though all's fair in
vanessy, were sosie sesthers wroth with twone nathandjoe. Rot a
peck of pa's malt had Jhem or Shen brewed by arclight and rory
end to the regginbrow was to be seen ringsome on the aquaface.

The fall (bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonner-
ronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenth ur-
nuk!) of a once wallstrait oldparr is retaled early in bed and later
on life down through all christian minstrelsy. The great fall of the
offwall entailed at such short notice the pftjschute of Finnegan,
erse solid man, that the humptyhillhead of humself prumptly sends
an unquiring one well to the west in quest of his tumptytumtoes:
and their upturnpikepointandplace is at the knock out in the park
where oranges have been laid to rust upon the green since dev-
linsfirst loved livvy.