Here’s what I was up to this week. Click the image or the title to read the piece. In honor of Opening Day, #PoetrySunday featured The Boys of Summer, a baseball themed poem. Another photography piece of a full moon in a blue sky called Pearl in Pastel. Easter is on the way, and I paired a book review The Myth of Persecution with the History Channel’s Bible Secrets Revealed. When I returned the first book reviewed for the week, I found another book with a similar theme, Revelations, and read it in a few days to get it in for the week. If you like it, click the like the button, and if you feel inclined, leave me a comment. All feedback is welcome. I post a nice eclectic mix. Be sure to click the follow button so you don’t miss anything.
4.2.2017 – Sunday – The Boys of Summer – I knew I had a poem to celebrate the Opening Day of the new Major League Baseball season. Upon reading it, I concluded it wasn’t that good. The first four lines were good, so I built a brand new on their foundation and created something brand new to celebrate the dawn of the 2017 baseball season.
“When the boys of summer
Don their uniforms and hats
To go out on the diamond
With their gloves and bats…”
4.3.2017 – Monday – Pearl in Pastel – I’m really enjoying doing these photography pieces. Now that I have a smartphone with a decent camera, it’s so easy to capture and share without worrying about sim cards, and not having a camera with me. The end of a recent hike produced a beautiful image of an early spring pastel blue sky and the moon was trying to cut through before the sun relinquished the celestial throne for the day.
4.4.2017 – Tuesday – The Myth of Persecution (2013) Review – Notre Dame professor Candida Moss explores Christian persecution. This proves to be an interesting read, but it’s one of those things that proves history isn’t always what it appears to be. It’s not so much anti-Christian as it shows the truth behind Christians seeing themselves as persecuted and martyred in the early years.
“All religions have myths and legends, but those deal more with the beginning of the world, life, and the individual religion. Christianity is an anomaly, an exception to the rule. The religion borrows from the Jewish tradition found in the Old Testament to explain the beginnings of the world and life and use the New Testament to account for the birth of the religion. Christianity, while not built upon, is at least propped up by a tradition of persecution and martyrs going back to Jesus. Is it a true tradition, or a myth like so many? Is there any truth? In her 2013 book, The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Christian Martyrdom, the brilliant and beautiful Candida Moss goes in search of the truth. I know I don’t say much about the author, but she’s beautiful, and more than that, she’s a professor at Notre Dame. Go Irish!…”
4.6.2017 – Thursday – Bible Secrets Revealed (2013) Review – Another History Channel series brought to you be the same people who produce Ancient Aliens. I don’t know if this is one of those series’ the History Channel gave up on after a single season, or was only a six-episode mini-series. You can find this double disc set on Amazon for around $5, and it’s worth it.
“#1 – Lost in Translation
Original Air Date: November 13, 2013
Synopsis: Who wrote The Bible and when was it written? What was the original language of the text? Through the years The Bible has appeared in various languages and translated countless times from one to another and back again. What changed from one translation to another, or got lost along the way? How much of today’s version of The Bible relate to the original text in the codex? The answers to a few of these questions may exist in the form of the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947…”
4.7.2017 – Friday – Revelations (2012) Review – When I returned Candida Moss’ book I took a quick trip into the same section at my local library. I saw this on the shelf, and as Elaine Pagels was on the previously mentioned series also, I thought I’d give this a read. It’s short, and I finished it within a few days. If you’ve ever wondered or had questions about John of Patmos’ Revelations, you need to give this a read.
“If there’s a Mount Rushmore of modern day biblical scholars, without a doubt one of those faces would belong to Elaine Pagels. She’s a well-respected scholar, award-winning author, and the top religion professor at Princeton University. Yes, that Princeton. Let’s just say she knows her stuff. I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll be reviewing a few more of her books at a later date. In this review, I’ll be covering Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation from 2012. It’s a long title for a short book, but if you’ve ever had questions about the final book of The Bible, you’ll want to give it a read…”
That’s it for this past week. What’s coming up this week? It’s Easter week, and I’ve got some fun things planned. I’ll have a poem for #PoetrySunday, and the title might be a bit misleading. If you like Ancient Aliens, you won’t want to miss it. I’ll have a book/film review pairing of Barabbas. There might be one or two other film reviews as well, and an overview of some films and specials worth watching regardless of your religion. As always, I invite you to click the follow button so you won’t miss anything. I’ll be writing, and I hope you’ll be reading.
Copyright © Drew Martin 2017