Reconstructing Western Civilization

Reconstructing Western Civilization

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This is a collection of eleven essays, laced with humor and irony, on the Dawn of Man, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Hebrews, Minoans and Mycenaens, classical Greece, Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic world, Rome's Republic and Empire, and several church fathers (Irenaeus, Tertullian, Jerome, and Augustine) who influenced the Primitive Church. Tinsley highlights current research while showcasing themes of contemporary as well as ancient significance-misogyny, the manipulation of rhetoric to justify privilege, the contributions of the anonymous to the well-being of the famous, the paradox of progress, the distortion of prophecy, the use and misuse of myth and other media, the exploitation of spiritual, intellectual, physical, and sexual resources, the comforts and perils of provincialism versus the dangers and benefits of organization-spiritual, imperial, or both. These essays introduce nonspecialists to the faith and foibles of our forefathers while helping us laugh and marvel at our own. Barbara Sher Tinsley is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.Readers of Davida#39;s last days may find the baldness of this statement in poor taste, but the Bible, like David, lets it all hang out. This lack of sexual activity may have been a first in Davida#39;s career and the reason why it got recorded at all. David reaffirmed his ... Nor should Solomon spare Shimei, son of Gera, an aged relative of King Saula#39;s, whom David had once sworn before the Lord to spare. David did notanbsp;...

Title:Reconstructing Western Civilization
Author:Barbara Sher Tinsley
Publisher:Susquehanna University Press - 2006


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