Ancient History


This is the first half of Robin Gallaher Branch's article discussing the character Judith, the remarkable heroine of the book bearing her name. The article was originally published in 2012. Click here to read part two.—Ed.


The Book of Judith—considered canonical by Roman Catholics, Apocrypha Literature by Protestants, and non-canon by Jews—tells the story of the ignominious defeat of the Assyrians, an army bent on world domination, by the hand of [...]
Sat, Feb 09, 2019
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
salvador-dali-naomi-ruth-orpah

Depending on whether you're using a Jewish or Christian version, the Book of Ruth is placed between Judges and Samuel or between the Song of Songs and Lamentations. But wherever it appears in your Bible, you will want to find it and study it again after you read “Ruth—Big Theme, Little Book,” originally published in the August 1996 issue of Bible Review. In this article, Adele Berlin argues that Ruth illuminates the main [...]

Fri, Feb 08, 2019
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The civil service examinations of Imperial China allowed the state to find the best candidates to staff the vast bureaucracy that governed China from the Han Dynasty onwards (206 BCE - 220 CE). The exams were a means for a young male of any class to enter that bureaucracy and so become a part of the gentry class of scholar-officials. The exams had multiple levels and were extremely difficult to... [...]
Fri, Feb 08, 2019
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
As Jason Gallo travels in the Fore down the Jericho River, he looks for his missing father in places like Sumer, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and France. Through the descriptions of the various places and times in history, along with dialogue throughout the book, the reader is presented with a vivid picture of the major civilizations throughout world history and their respective cultures. Moreover, Tollen... [...]
Fri, Feb 08, 2019
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Admiral Zheng He (aka Cheng Ho, c. 1371-1433 CE) was a Chinese Muslim eunuch explorer who was sent by the Ming dynasty emperor Yongle (r. 1403-1424 CE) on seven diplomatic missions to increase trade and secure tribute from foreign powers. Between 1405 and 1433 CE Zheng He commanded huge fleets loaded with trade goods and high-value gifts to such far-flung places as Hormuz in the Persian Gulf and... [...]
Thu, Feb 07, 2019
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.