Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Ark of the Covenant
The Ark is considered the greatest of all hidden treasures and its discovery would provide indisputable truth that the Old Testament is hard fact. Its recovery remains the goal of every modern archaeologist and adventurer. Its purpose was as a container for the ten commandments given on stone tablets by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. According to the book of Exodus, the Ark is made of shittim wood (similar to acacia) and gold-covered inside and out. It was topped by a mercy seat comprising two cherubs also made of gold. It was believed to have supernatural powers due to several events, including causing the death of a man, who attempted to steady the Ark as the oxen hauling it stumbled, bringing down the walls of Jericho in one battle, and showering misfortune on the Philistines after they captured it in another. There are several speculations around the final resting place of the Ark, and whilst it would take a shrewd operator to find it, it would need a brave or even foolhardy person to open it!
DID YOU KNOW......
Socrates was one of the wisest men in Greece? He became famous for asking questions about almost everything.
Alexander the Great was one of the most famous generals in history? He conquered much of the early civilized world, and introduced Greek ideas and ways to the people he conquered.
Hammurabi, a famous historical world leader, defeated the Sumerians about 3,000 years ago, and created Hammurabi's Laws which stated that strong people should not hurt weak people?
The first Egyptian pharaoh was Menes? Pharaoh is another name for king.
One of Egypt's most famous and powerful pharaohs was a woman names Hatshepsut? She sent ships to parts of the world to find treasures.
Confucius was one of China's greatest teachers?
Julius Caesar was a famous Roman dictator? He was responsible for conquering many new lands for Rome.
Augustus Caesar became the first Roman emperor? He brought peace to the Roman empire.
Charlemagne was one of the greatest kings to rule during the Middle Ages? He believed that people should learn as much as they could.
Martin Luther founded the Protestant religion?
King William of France conquered the English, and after his death, other kings built a strong government for England?
Henry II of England established laws for all of the people of England?
King John, who was considered unfair, was forced by English nobles to sign the Maga Carta which limited the powers of a king?
Under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, England became one of the most powerful nations in the world?
Joseph Stalin, a leader of the Soviet Union, wanted all of Eastern Europe to become communist?
Lech Walesa was a famous leader in Poland who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983? He was the leader of the Solidarity movement in Poland which won freedom from communist rule.
Mikhail Gorbachev, a famous leader of the Communist party, is known for bringing many new ideas into the communist government?
One of the most famous leaders in Africa was Nelson Mandela? He fought against apartheid (separation of whites and blacks)?
Mao Zedong, a Communist general, took control of China after World II ended and began to rebuild China?
Monday, October 20, 2008
|What Maureen Means?|
You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
all throughout the season.
We need Friends to comfort us when we are sad,
and to have fun with us when we are glad.
We need Friends to give us good advice,
We need someone we can count on,
and treat us nice.
We need Friends to remember us once
we have passed sharing memories that will always last.
This picture was taken during my sisters (Camille and Ara) recognition day last year. And with us was my cousin (Jacob) from Virginia, U.S.A. He was then barely 3 years old; was "makulit" and palyful; we miss him so much. Hope they can come celebrate Christmas with us someday :-). BTW, just graduated from High School here.