Were the Ancient Philistines “Sea Peoples”?

Sometimes, myths are propagated as true history, and they need to be deconstructed. Such is the case with ancient Philistines. They were a migrant people who settled in southwestern Palestine to become the arch rival of the ancient Israelites. The historical books of the Jewish Bible are full of narratives about conflicts and battles between the Israelites and the Philistines. Both peoples were migrants to this portion of The Levant. The Bible is quite clear about how the Israelites came into … [Read more...]

Palestinians Try Again to Unite

Yesterday, three Palestinian leaders met in Qatar with its emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to attempt reconciliation after ten years of feuding. In recent years, Qatar has tried to help Palestinians achieve their aspirations, which is to establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But the division between the Palestinian Authority, which controls Palestinians living in the West Bank, and Hamas, which governs those in the Gaza Strip, has negatively affected the peace … [Read more...]

The Film “Risen” Is Wrong about Where Jesus Ascended to Heaven

Hollywood has produced over a hundred films about Jesus. Oftentimes, the screenwriter(s) depend mostly on the New Testament accounts about Jesus or only one of its four gospels. And when they do, they often don't know much about the New Testament or employ New Testament scholars as consultants. The result is that the film often presents some material about Jesus that conflicts with the New Testament. And I'm not referring to material included in the film which is fictional, some of which is … [Read more...]

U.S.G.A. to Stay with Trump

The United States Golf Association has decided to continue with its plan to stage the world's premiere women's golf tournament--the U.S. Women's Open--at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 13-16, 2017. On October 14, I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the U.S.G.A.?" Eight days later I posted, "U.S.G.A. Under Pressure to Move U.S. Women's Open." Before that, on June 2, I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the PGA Tour?"The latest development in this Trump-pro golf saga … [Read more...]

Egyptian General Who Destroyed Gaza Tunnels Assasinated

Yesterday, militants gunned down Egyptian Army Brigadier General Adel Ragai in front of his home in Cairo, Egypt. He was commander of the Ninth Armored Division that had been deployed in Egypt's chaotic North Sinai, between Gaza and the coastal city of El Arish, the capital of North Sinai. Three militants believed to have committed the killing were seen with assault rifles in a vehicle in front of Ragai's home.For the past three years, ISIS has been seeking to take over the North Sinai … [Read more...]

U.S.G.A. Under Pressure to Move U.S. Women’s Open

On October 14 I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the U.S.G.A.?" I previously posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the PGA Tour?" Now the pressure is increasing on the U.S.G.A. to move its U.S. Women's Open out of Bedminster, New Jersey, where it is scheduled for July 13-16 at Trump National Golf Club.Today, on MSNBC's "Dateline Extra" news program, the U.S.G.A. was criticized for not already having moved this flagship women's golf tournament out of another Trump property because of The Donald's … [Read more...]

What’s With Those Jesus Signs Behind Post-Debate CNN Panel?

Last night, the televised third and last debate was held between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump for the U.S. presidency. Right after that, CNN had a panel of political analysts, both Republican and Democratic, express their views about this debate. It seems to have been held outdoors or at least in an indoor area in which people in the near background were free to stand and watch and move about. Many of the people who did this held up signs that said various things. One small sign said, "Hilary … [Read more...]

The Arizona Republic Is Right about Clinton-Trump Last Debate

I live in Arizona. I read The Arizona Republic newspaper every day. This state is extremely conservative politically. I thought Texas was conservative; that's where I lived for nearly forty years. It's not even close. Don't forget, Arizona is Barry Goldwater country.The third and final televised debate for the U.S. presidency was held last night between Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. After Clinton and Trump were neck-and-neck for much of the year, … [Read more...]