“How to Read the Bible: Slowly, and Sport with the Words”

    Good advice, and an interesting book recommendation:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447833/bible-hebrew-greek-literature-ancient-languages-sarah-ruden-face-water-translator-beauty-meaning   Posted from Caretan, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

“On the New World Archaeological Foundation”

    I occasionally encounter very mistaken, even misleading, claims about the Church’s involvement or lack of involvement in Mesoamerican archaeology.  Here’s a relatively short article that I wrote back in 2004 that might help to shed some light on that topic:   Fullscreen   Posted from Caretan, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

“Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation”

  We were just there, on the Israeli side at Qasr al-Yahud, a couple of weeks ago:   http://www.reuters.com/article/uk-israel-palestinians-churches-idUSKBN15227H   I have to say that, just at a glance, the phrase beyond the Jordan strongly suggests to me that the true baptismal site of Jesus is on the far, or eastern, or Jordanian side of [Read More…]

In and around Bayeux

    On Saturday, we drove into Bayeux, where we spent considerable time looking at the very famous Bayeux Tapestry and looking about the accompanying museum.  My wife has see the Tapestry several times, but this is my first visit to Normandy.  It’s a fascinating illustrated document, 230 feet long, that was possibly commissioned either by Queen [Read More…]

“My belief makes me no less a scientist”

    “Nevertheless, just as I believe that the Book of Scripture illumines the pathway to God, so I believe that the Book of Nature, with its astonishing details-the blade of grass, the Conus cedonulli, or the resonance levels of the carbon atom-also suggest a God of purpose and a God of design. And I [Read More…]

“Today’s sun dries yesterday’s tears”

      A poem appears in two languages on the wall of the World War Two museum in Arromanche.  The last verse reads as follows:   Voir ces enfants qui rient En jouant dans la mer. Le soleil d’aujourd’hui Sèche les larmes d’hier.   And, in English,   See the children laughing And playing [Read More…]

“What Thank Ye the Jews?”

    A YouTube video of a March address by the remarkably prolific Dr. Matt Bowen, of BYU-Hawaii, to the B’nai Shalom of Salt Lake City:     Posted from Carentan, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

An addendum to my account of Friday

    I mentioned yesterday that Claude Monet loved to paint the Cathedral of Rouen, but I failed to note two interesting tombs in it:   One is the burial place of Rollo (originally Hrolf, d. ca. 930 AD), the founder of the Viking dynasty that eventually became the Duchy of Normandy.  He was the [Read More…]

Catching up on the day-by-day

    On our first full day in France, we drove from Paris to Normandy.  It’s a bit of a long drive and, alas, we got a late start owing to some trouble with the rental car.  So we had to skip going to Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny.  It’s a favorite spot for my [Read More…]

“When Monaliza Smiled”

    On Thursday, while flying from Qatar to France on a very nice Qatar Airlines passenger jet, I watched a 2012 Jordanian film entitled When Monaliza Smiled (لما ضحكت موناليزا‎‎; Lamma Dehket Monaliza).   It’s a light romantic comedy.  Not great, but pleasant.  And very human.  (With subtitles, for those of you who don’t speak Arabic.)   It [Read More…]