Sunshine Blogger Award

Dee from Sixth Seal Ministries has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. https://sixthsealministries.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/sunshine-blogger-award-2/ Thank you, Dee! The rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award

Restored English Translation of Esther: Chapter 4

Today I present my Restored English Translation (RET) of the 4th chapter of the Megillat Ester, commonly known as the Book of Esther.  You'll probably know this as chapter 2, as some sections of the original Book of Esther were removed between the 7th and 11th centuries AD by the Masoretic scribes, and in the … Continue reading Restored English Translation of Esther: Chapter 4

The Canon of Scripture, Part 1: The Apocrypha

J-M's History Corner

The canon of Scripture is a settled issue, isn’t it?  You’ve got your 66 books total, 39 in the Old Testament (24 by the Jewish counting) and 27 in the New Testament.  However, when you do the research, things are not so simple.  There are many “other” books claiming to be Scripture, a number of them accepted by various denominations and/or included in various Bibles over the years.  Are they Scripture?  Or just heretical additions?

The most well-known (and most widely accepted) body of these “extra” works is the Apocrypha (which means “Hidden”).  People disagree as to which books constitute the Apocrypha.  For the purpose of this article, the word refers to the following 18 books:

  • Baruch
  • Letter of Jeremiah
  • Tobit
  • Prayer of Manasseh
  • Psalms 151-160
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Wisdom of Ben Sirach (also known as Ecclesiasticus)
  • “Additions” to Esther
  • Judith
  • Prayer of Azariah
  • Susanna
  • Bel and the Dragon
  • 1…

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Thunderbirds Are GO!

Blockbusters Reviewed

Welcome to the 13th edition of My Fortnightly Movie/TV Thoughts.  Last fortnight I reviewed The Shack (2017).  This fortnight, I’m reviewing:

  • Thunderbirds Are Go (2015-present), overall rated PG for mild themes and violence

That of course is the Australian rating; not sure what the TV rating in the US is.

As usual, I’ll give the trailer and a clip at the end.  (Since this is a TV series, I might include more than one.)  And as usual, I offer the disclaimer (just in case):

WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD.  PROCEED AT OWN RISK.

Thunderbirds Are Go

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ITV’s CGI remake of the classic ’60s sci-fi show Thunderbirds is among my all-time favourite TV shows.  (And my first review of a TV series proper – Jesus being a two-part mini-seriees.)

In 2060, a secretive organisation with advanced technology works to save lives around the globe.  Based on a secret island, they are…

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Restored English Translation of Esther: Chapter 3

Today I present my Restored English Translation (RET) of Ester (Esther) chapter 3.  What I call "chapter 3", you'll probably know as "chapter 1"; that's because several chapters of the original Book of Esther have been removed from most translations and relegated to "The Apocrypha".  See Restored English Translation of Esther: Chapter 1 and The … Continue reading Restored English Translation of Esther: Chapter 3

Special Blogger Award

rue202 from Racheal's Novels has nominated me for the Special Blogger Award. https://rachealnovel.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/special-blogger-award/ Thank you, rue!!! The rules: Thanks the blogger who nominated you. Answer the questions you are asked ( if you’re comfortable doing so!) Create 10 questions for the bloggers you’ve nominated. Nominate at least 3 bloggers for the Special Blogger Award. Comment … Continue reading Special Blogger Award

The Canon of Scripture, Part 7: The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

The 7th part in my ongoing (and long) series on the Canon of Scripture - discussing what books that do and don't make the divine Cut.  Here are the first 6 parts: The Canon of Scripture, Part 1: The Apocrypha The Canon of Scripture, Part 2: Enoch and Jubilees The Canon of Scripture, Part 3: … Continue reading The Canon of Scripture, Part 7: The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs