roman palestine


This photo, taken in October, was selected as one of Reuter’s best photos for 2014. An Israeli woman & a Palestinian protester are giving each other the equivalent of the middle finger. Palestinian women were protesting as Israeli soldiers escorted Zionists to the Western Wall–a section of the enclosure around the compound known as the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims & the Temple Mount to Zionists. The compound is located in East Jerusalem under illegal occupation by Israel since 1967. The Palestinians are chanting & taunting while Orthodox Jews living in apartments above the street hurl bottles & water down on them. 

The Noble Sanctuary (Al-Haram al-Sharif) is 35 acres of fountains, gardens, museums, as well as the Al-Aqsa Mosque & the Dome of the Rock (which has sacred meaning to Muslims). The entire area is regarded as sacred space & is an educational center as well as religious sanctuary. It’s existed in various reconstructions for over 1,300 years. There’s a fallacious mantra going round that the Noble Sanctuary is only the third holiest site to Islam but is the holiest site for Judaism. The reason offered for why it’s sacred to Judaism is that it’s the original site of Solomon’s Temple said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant & destroyed in 586 BCE (for which there isn’t a shred of archaeological evidence). There was an actual temple on the site between 516 BCE & 70 CE when the Romans destroyed it. It was renovated by Herod (of Biblical & historical ignominy) & the supposed remnants of the Herodian wall make up the Western Wall (known also as the Wailing Wall) heralded by Israel as the most sacred place of Judaism.

There are lots of peculiar religious practices in the world (like worshipping Jesus image in a tortilla) but there is something fetishistic about millions of people making pilgrimage & fervent homage to an old stone wall. Even the pope & every godless US politician make homage at this altar of the Israeli state. One would never ridicule even the most absurd practice but there is no need to feign respect for a narrative fabricated solely to serve Zionist nationalism & not religious commitment. It’s not inconceivable that there’s a mystique around that pile of stones from Herod’s days. But a mystique is not the same as a religious tradition or historic claim. 

Far from being an ancient tradition, there is little evidence that Jews, most of whom lived outside Palestine until the late 19th century, held the wall as sacred. Jewish immigration to Palestine was part of the great wave of emigration from Eastern Europe during that time–some driven by economic desperation, some to escape pogroms & persecution, & many as evangelists of Zionism goaded by Zionist organizations as advance guard for setting up a Jewish-only state. And that’s when trouble began in Palestine around Islam’s holy sites, with Zionists creating historic narratives & fabricating religious traditions that did not exist. 

In 1948 when Israel was founded on the violent expulsion of Palestinians with the collusion of colonial regimes (especially the UK), East Jerusalem came under the jurisdiction of Jordan through negotiations with the UN; West Jerusalem was under Israeli control. The Noble Sanctuary is in East Jerusalem. After the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel occupied East Jerusalem & within a matter of three days had flattened the Palestinian neighborhood (called the Moroccan Quarter) adjacent to the Western Wall & Noble Sanctuary & forcibly cleared out the residents. Their property was expropriated for public use & eventually turned into a plaza to receive thousands of born-again Zionists laying claim to a land that wasn’t theirs. That “ancient tradition” of placing messages in the Western Wall doesn’t go back to Herod but began with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan when they marched into East Jerusalem & he inserted a written prayer into the cracks of the wall.

After the 1967 war, Zionists under the leadership of right-wing Rabbi Shlomo Goren (chief rabbi of the Israeli military & later chief rabbi of Israel) began claiming the Noble Sanctuary for building a third temple. Non-Muslims were forbidden to pray within the compound & so the Western Wall served for a long while as an outdoor & surrogate temple but Zionists have always had their eye on the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque & erecting their temple there. Palestinians frequently claim Israeli excavations under Al-Aqsa are threatening the foundations making it liable to collapse. Israeli rabbis are divided on Jews praying within the compound. Traditional rabbinical scholars regard it as antithetical to Judaism. Right-wing Zionist rabbis are much more flexible with religious principles in service to their rabid nationalism. 

This explains the constant harassment & storm trooper tactics by Zionist extremists, police agents, & Israeli troops within the Al-Aqsa compound. This also explains why there is relentless political pressure to reverse the prohibition on non-Muslims worshipping there & why Palestinian males under 50 are barred access to the mosque & must pray in the public streets. In November, Israel ordered the mosque closed down after the shooting of an ultranationalist Zionist who campaigned aggressively for Jewish prayer rights at the site. The entire purpose is to usurp & deny Palestinian religious rights & traditions.

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(Photo by Finbarr O’Reilly)


Blessed to have seen so many beautiful places and people this summer:

Top to bottom:

1. Roman Amphitheater, Amman, Jordan

2. Dead Sea, Jericho, Palestine

3. Old Souk, Dubai, UAE

4. Petra, Jordan

5. Wadi Rum, Jordan

6. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

7. Pizza Hut, Giza, Egypt

8. East Jerusalem, Palestine

9. Al Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt

10. Khan El-Khalili, Cairo, Egypt

anonymous asked:

I feel like this blog has a hate for Christians just because "History and LOLZ we can and we are going to exploit the suffering to yell at people and berate them!!!!". Seriously though, if you look at history, Christians actually came from Jewish people who believed that Jesus was actually the Messiah. They didn't even call it "Christianity". It was called "The Way". So, yeah. Just food for thought.

Christianity actually mostly developed in the Roman Empire through the efforts of Paul to evangelise Gentiles and bring them into his vision of the Jesus cult.  It shed its Jewish roots very, very early, and by the second century, Christianity was trumpeting how Not Jewish it was in order to distance itself from the rebellious activities in Roman Palestine.  Christianity grew out of a milieu where there were many self-proclaimed Messiahs running around first-century Roman Palestine.  It simply managed to survive.  So yes, 1800 years ago, Christianity was Jewish.  And then it decidedly was not.  At all.  So that argument — Christianity comes from Judaism!  Jews should love Christians!  Jews 1800 years ago thought Jesus was the Messiah! — is rubbish, as Christians spent the next 1800 years doing everything possible to eliminate Jews as an ethno-religious group, from wholesale slaughter to forced conversions to expulsions from Christian countries.  

But I’m sure all of that is water under the bridge in light of those first couple of decades, right?  200 some years versus 1800.  Those 1800 and millions of murdered, silenced Jews don’t matter, right?  Nevermind that they’re family members we will never meet.  They’re just so much less important than those early 200 years, I’m sure, especially to people who don’t have swastika-shaped holes in their family trees.

This blog doesn’t have a hatred of Christians, and we sure as hell aren’t exploiting our own suffering.  But I find it absolutely fascinating that Christians get really angry when Jews dare to talk about their own histories, the way we’ve been abused and oppressed by goyim, and have the gall to declare that it’s not remotely okay.  It’s as if pointing out all the things Christians have done is offensive to the people who have done them, and who continue to benefit from them!  Shocking!  If you want to talk about history, try reading something more than Christian apologetics about its origins.  I’d recommend Reza Aslan’s Zealot and Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years to start.  Read some fucking history of Christian-Jewish relations.  Read about blood libel in Europe and in America.  Read about lynchings and forced conversions.  Read about the utter silence of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust and widespread inaction by Protestants during the same.  Read the damn history you want to lecture us about.  Until then, don’t barge into our fucking ask box to lecture us for being too mean to Christians when they steal from our culture and our liturgies in order to feel more connected to the history they’ve deliberately distanced themselves from and trumpet the shared history that was so important to the early church until it became politically inconvenient.  Jews are always politically inconvenient to Christians until they have some need of us, then it’s all about our “shared history” and “family ties.”  And we Jews do not forget this.  We can’t. 

A comparison of the Inner Circle and the 12 Apostles.

As requested by @haledamage​ I’m going to do a comparison of this image:

In relation to this question: 

So I thought it would be easier to create a new post for it because my answer will be quite long and the scrolling would be endless if anyone else wanted to reblog the other post. XD

A bit of warning before I go into the similarities between the 12 apostles and the inner circle. I am an Ancient History student with an interest in ancient religions of the Near East, not a true expert (no PhDs or anything). I’m also non-religious and this post will be written with the intention of looking at religious figures/ characters as just that and comparing them to Dragon Age characters. I do not intend to offend or challenge those who do believe that the apostles were real people, in fact I do acknowledge that many figures within biblical texts are in fact real people and that we know this by cross referencing biblical texts with various other texts from the same region and time period. 

Another warning, I’m dyslexic and will probably keep editing this post because i’m bound to find mistakes. If anyone finds any then please let me know. I’m not going to be able to pick them all, this also goes for additional information you might come across that I may have missed out or gotten wrong. I’m always ok with people letting me know these things as it helps me out a lot.

With that said, here we go:

Bartholomew - Cullen : Comes from strong religious background, Ferelden. Bartholomew was an Israelite. Both are very honest about their intentions. Bartholomew’s symbol is three swords pointing downwards, similar to the Templar symbol.

James- Vivienne: James the Younger is a lesser known apostle and is generally considered ambitious. Vivienne is a very ambitious woman but much better known to us. Really not a lot on this one.

Andrew - Varric: Was a part of Hawke’s team first, Andrew was following with John the Baptist first. Varric becomes the Viscount of Kirkwall, in kind Andrew (as a Saint) is named the Patriarch of Constantinople.

Judas - Solas: A man with another plan. Becomes close to the inquisitor to further his own means. Solas was the true enemy who put the events that preceded  the breech and Corypheus’ tirade in motion. He regrets what he does if he becomes close to the Inquisitor otherwise he finds his plans perfectly justified. He uses the Inquisitor to create his new world. Judus had a similar plan, to use Jesus to further Jewish Nationalism. Judas, like Solas is an idealist pining for an ideal world that never existed. I do think that Solas has a stronger resolve than Judas however, having lived in the world that he wishes to recreate.

Peter - Cole: Really the connection between these characters is through their names, both referring to rocks. The characters are unlikely symbols of stability, both are indecisive. In reference to Cole, he does not know who or what he is unless you help him and show him compassion. When you show him the very thing he embodies he can finally connect with his inner self either as the embodiment of compassion itself or the human he can now become. For Peter, he is quite sceptical of Jesus and requires a lot of convincing before he accepts Jesus’ divinity.

John- Cassandra: Used as Dorian’s opposite, from a noble family but chose a religious life. John is James The Greater’s brother in the bible and is considered to be favoured by Jesus. John comes from a family of means and chose a life of religion. Cassandra and John are people of action.

Jesus - Inquisitor: Considered to be divinely chosen. Or claims to be depending on what you decide.

Thomas- Bull: Doubting Thomas, this man was a skeptic, doubting Jesus’ promises for a heavenly home. Thomas is said to prefer evidence to blind belief and wished to see the nail wounds in the risen Jesus’ hands as proof that he was actually whom he claimed to be.  After The whole Jesus thing it is generally believed that Thomas left for India as a missionary.  To be honest Bull isn’t extremely similar to Thomas aside from travel and his being more of a thinker, even under the Qun we know that Bull was not a blind follower, he had trouble completely adhering to it, mostly seen whilst he was in Orlais. Both characters had to be convinced to follow their religions (Bull submitting himself for re-education, Thomas needing to see Jesus’ wounds before he believed the man was actually who he claimed to be.)

James the Greater - Dorian: Dorian comes from across the sea (Tervinter). Similar to Cassandra he comes from a place of privilege but unlike her he only chose to join the inquisition when Tevinter became directly involved. James the Greater is the brother of John so this is why the two share similar qualities. Unfortunately there is not a lot of writing regarding this Apostle.

Philip - Leliana: Provides the Inquisitor with a strong links to high Orlesian society (the dominant culture you’ll be dealing with diplomatically, Orlesian culture is considered the intellectual culture of Thedas…unless you are from Tevinter  but we aren’t Vints. ). Phillip was Jesus’ Greek link (the dominant learned culture in the Asian region at the time since the time of Alexander’s conquest. Even after Roman occupation, Greek was still a highly revered and respected culture amount Roman citizens, it was the language of learned men).

Mathew- Sera: I find it kind of ironic that Mathew was a tax collector and Sera is in his place. In Roman province of Syria-Palestine, tax collectors were greatly disliked and regarded as criminals by the Jewish populous. Sera seeks payment from the social elites for their misdoings against commoners, her methods are often considered wrong by those she targets. Sera may be seen as a traitor against elves based of her refusal to associate herself with “elfy” culture. Mathew was also considered a traitor by some hebrews based on his line of work. “Submitting to the Romans”.

Jude - Josephine : Interested In making the Inquisitor known to the world, though she’s considerable less violent. Jude is shown with a scroll or book, as is Josephine. Multilingual as are most educated people of the time.

Simon - Blackwall: Idealistic, his persona is devoted to serving a cause, in the case of Blackwall it is the Grey Wardens and the Inquisition. As Rainier inspires to better himself he takes on the persona of Blackwall after he sacrifices himself to the darkspawn. Simon, a Zelote/ Jewish Nationalist was associated with recklessness for a perceived greater cause (Warden’s fight against the blight). Both ultimately try to atone for what they’ve done.

Again if anyone has anything to add please do, I probably didn’t catch everything.

Saint Peter’s Church - Jaffa, Palestine

The church dates back to 1654 CE. It has historically dominated the view of Jaffa from the sea, serving as a beacon to pilgrims signalling that the Holy Land is near.

The church is dedicated to Saint Peter who spent some time residing in Jaffa & performed several miracles.

Theory - Found the name Serena in a 400 year old poem called “The Faerie Queen”


The post I’m talking about said that Lucy and Dimaria were very similar and it suggested that Dimaria might in fact be Layla.

There had been other posted that also suggested that Yuri Dreyar was God Serena.

So, out of curiosity, I went to search for the meaning of Dimaria but couldn’t find much. But then I searched for “Serena” and this appeared:

Wait? A poem named “The Faerie Queen”? (Published almost 425 years ago? Which is about the same age as Zeref)

The Faerie Queene Summary: The Faerie Queene tells the stories of several knights, each representing a particular virtue, on their quests for the Faerie Queene, Gloriana.  Redcrosse is the knight of Holiness, and must defeat both theological error and the dragon of deception to free the parents of Una (“truth”).  Guyon is the knight of Temperance, who must destroy the fleshly temptations of Acrasia’s Bower of Bliss.  Britomart, a woman in disguise as a male knight, represents Chastity; she must find her beloved and win his heart.  Artegall, the knight of Justice, must rescue the lady Eirene from an unjust bondage.  Cambell and Triamond, the knights of Friendship, must aid one another in defense of various ladies’ honor.  Finally, Calidore, the knight of Courtesy, must stop the Blatant Beast from spreading its slanderous venom throughout the realm.

I needed to investigate further! So I went on and did a search on the poem and this is what I got.

Ok, so the author said in a letter that this poem was planned to have 24 four books. 12 of them would be about individuals and each of them would represent a “private virtue”. The other 12 would be about King Arthur’s 12 “public virtues”.

It also states that King Arthur represents the virtue of Magnificence and the Faerie Queen represents Glory.

SO: We have 12 individuals where each one is a virtue - Fairy Tail Team A+B
(Natsu, Lucy, Erza, Gray, Wendy, Gajeel, Levy, Juvia, Elfman, Mira, Lisanna, Cana)
And then 12 representations of King Arthur = Zeref –» Spriggan 12

I went a little deeper to find out more about these character to see if any of them fit the profile and this was the result:

Arthur -The central hero of the poem, although he does not play the most significant role in its action.  Arthur is in search of the Faerie Queene, whom he saw in a vision.  The “real” Arthur was a king of the Britons in the 5th or 6th century A.D., but the little historical information we have about him is overwhelmed by his legend.

Zeref is in search for Lumen Histoire/Fairy Heart/Mavis/Fairy Queen

Faerie Queene (also known as Gloriana) -Though she never appears in the poem, the Faerie Queene is the focus of the poem; her castle is the ultimate goal or destination of many of the poem’s characters. –» Lumen Histoire/Fairy Heart/Mavis/Fairy Queen

Lumen Histoire is the ultimate goal.

Redcrosse - The Redcrosse Knight is the hero of Book I; he stands for the virtue of Holiness.  His real name is discovered to be George, and he ends up becoming St. George, the patron saint of England.  On another level, though, he is the individual Christian fighting against evil, fighting and defeating a dragon. St. George was a 3rd-century Roman soldier from Palestine who was martyred during the persecutions of emperor Diocletian. Later legends describe his defeat of a dragon, with which he was often depicted in medieval art.

I’m guessing Natsu Dragneel.

The Dragon:I t’s the dragon’s belief that he’ll easily defeat Redcrosse that ultimately spells his doom. Underestimating Redcrosse’s resilience, the dragon ends up being blindsided by Redcrosse multiple times. Therefore, the dragon partially represents the danger of overconfidence and of assessing your own abilities to highly. —» Acnologia?

Una -She travels with the Redcross Knight (who represents England), whom she has recruited to save her parents’ castle from a dragon. Redcrosse’s future wife, and the other major protagonist in Book I, she is meek, humble, and beautiful, but strong when it is necessary; she represents Truth, which Redcrosse must find in order to be a true Christian.

Lucy Heartfilia, perhaps? Not sure since she’s not listed as a hero of the books.

END OF BOOK I: Redcrosse’s recovery by falling into the Well of Life represents Baptism, while the healing given by the Tree of Life. The defeat of the dragon frees Una’s parents and their subjects to celebrate, and frees Una and Redcrosse to be betrothed.  Redcrosse has one higher calling, however, in his duty to the Faerie Queene.  Una has no difficulty with the wait, for she sees Gloriana as the great sovereign without equal; beside her, all other claims fall to last place.

Britomart -The hero of Book III, the female warrior virgin, who represents Chastity.  She is a skilled fighter and strong of heart, with an amazing capacity for calm thought in troublesome circumstances.  Of course, she is chaste, but she also desires true Christian love.

Maybe Erza?

Artegal - The hero of Book V, throughout the book, Arthegall travels around Faerie Land offering his insights into justice as a way to resolve conflicts. While Arthegall seems to represent the judgment and intellectual aspect of justice—figuring out what a just resolution to a given situation might be—his sidekick Talus is the enacting and punishing aspect of justice. So in many ways, we can see Arthegall as embodying the positive side of justice while Talus has to represents its nitty-gritty, less than pretty side. Talus, an “iron man” who helps Arthegall to dispense justice and mercilessly pursue and kill any number of villains.
Gajeel Redfox? This duo can represent both sides of Gajeel that we’ve already seen, Talus representing is gruff side and Artegal the development of his sense of justice (He joined the Magic Council).

This poem as another bunch of characters, the list is big and some of them are hard to interpret since there isn’t that much information. The poem is also not finished because the author died after the 6th book.

Maybe this is just a coincidence since I found out that what brought me to this poem, the name Serena, is a character that has nothing to do with God Serena. So maybe I just wasted 3 hours of my life! But hey, at least I exercised my brain. Thanks for reading!