‘Through a mirror, dimly’ – Can we trace 1 Cor. 13:12 back to rabbinic literature?

Do you think Paul (circa. 5-67 A.D) might have had a section from Babylonian Talmud (Yevamot 49B) in mind when he or an assistant (read: scribe), penned the first letter to the Christians in Corinth? To Christians through the ages the First letter to the Corinthians contain some of the most well-known verses from the …

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“Al Aaraaf” – A poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Al Aaraaf is a poem written by the american gothic author Edgar A. Poe (1809-1849). In this post I write a little about what the poem is about and some of its origins. It's considered to be one of the earliest poems written by Poe and it was first published in 1829. Two years earlier …

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Review : ‘A History of Scotland’ by Neil Oliver (2009)

IN THIS review I recommend Neil Oliver's book A History of Scotland (2009) by Neil Oliver. Many of you readers may be familiar with Oliver since he's hosted numerous BBC shows related to Scotland, Scottish history and landscape! Just open your YouTube and type a search! I've been to Edinburgh once and Aberdeen. Most of …

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Review: ‘Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde’ by Franny Moyle

WHILE WE continue to lament the downfall of Oscar Wilde it is easy to forget there were other victims in this Victorian tragedy. Wilde was in fact a married man with two children when he was sent to prison in Reading. As the scandal became fact his wife Constance Lloyd Wilde quickly got herself and …

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Review: ‘The Zohar -Pritzker ed. vol I.’

THE ZOHAR is the most prominent work of Rabbinic literature within the kabbalistic tradition. The title "Splendor/Radiance"relates to several verses in Ezekiel 1:28; :2 and Daniel 2:31; 12:3 (Those who manifest wisdom will shine like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who turn many to righteousness will shine like the stars for …

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Saki’s creepy stories revisited

SAKI was a pen name used by british writer Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916) and he's well-known for his short witty stories often depicting the upper-class and satirize the Edwardian society. Most of them come with a twist and slight touch of creepiness. His writing was influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling. Hector …

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The Oscar Wilde Sculptures in Merrion Square, Dublin

IN SEPTEMBER 2010 I travelled to Dublin and of course I wanted to see the same sights and walk the same streets Oscar Wilde and James Joyce once trotted. I wasn't able to make that much out of Joyce but I was determined I should go to Merrion Square. Oscar Wilde lived there for many …

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