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Friday, April 07, 2017

Lonzo Ball pulled his hamstring during UCLA's season-ending loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16, his father LaVar Ball revealed Thursday, adding it prevented him from taking over for teammates that lacked the athleticism required to win a national championship. "Realistically you can't win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow. I told Lonzo, 'One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.' It turned out that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they're right there."


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Oil giant Exxon Mobil is urging Donald Trump to keep the United States signed up to the Paris Agreement on climate change. In a letter to the President's special assistant for international energy and the environment, a senior Exxon official described the historic international deal as an "effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change". But the letter also suggested it was worthwhile staying at the negotiating table to ensure energy markets "remain as free and competitive as possible."


Congress sent proposed legislation to President Donald Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections, the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access in an era of Republican dominance. In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast of protections approved just last year that had sought to limit what companies could do with information such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers. The rules had also required providers to strengthen safeguards for customer data against hackers and thieves.


Friday, March 03, 2017

In an interview on "The View," actor Patrick Stewart said he is applying to become a U.S. citizen in order to help fight back against President Trump.


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The body of Jesus (as a Jew of a religious family) would have been wrapped in a long sheet and tied with strips of cloth at the neck, at the wrists and feet, and at the torso, and as here, at the knees.

Here, as elsewhere, context is crucial to our understanding of οθονια. In this passage, it is informed by the meaning of the verb, εδησαν, from δεω ,"tie," "bind," or "fasten," but not "wind," as given in some translations. This seemingly small point is important because skeptics have suggested that a shroud such as we have would not have been used in first century Judea, because Jesus, it is claimed, would have been wrapped in strips of cloth. But there is no evidence for this ancient Egyptian custom among Jews living in Roman Palestine. Quite the opposite: Long shrouds wrapped under and over the body have in fact been excavated.

I think it likely that the plural form οθονια in John and Luke refers to both the σινδων and the κειριαι, the
strips which tied the hands and feet, etc.. (See below.)

...

I would not go so far as to claim that a text can in any way verify the Shroud. But the words of the New Testament, considered carefully in context, fully support the physical characteristics of the cloth: Σινδων, unlike some other
words that might have been used -- λινον, λεντιον, κειρια -- to describe the cloth that wrapped the body of Jesus, suggests material such as that of the Shroud of Turin - very high quality linen that is "soft to the touch." It's description as καθαρος implies its Levitical purity required by "the burial custom of the Jews," and directly connects the burial cloth of Jesus to ritual requirements of early Judaism.

www.shroud.com

The body of Jesus (as a Jew of a religious family) would have been wrapped in a long sheet and tied with strips of cloth at the neck, at the wrists and feet, and at the torso, and as here, at the knees.

Here, as elsewhere, context is crucial to our understanding of οθονια. In this passage, it is informed by the meaning of the verb, εδησαν, from δεω ,"tie," "bind," or "fasten," but not "wind," as given in some translations. This seemingly small point is important because skeptics have suggested that a shroud such as we have would not have been used in first century Judea, because Jesus, it is claimed, would have been wrapped in strips of cloth. But there is no evidence for this ancient Egyptian custom among Jews living in Roman Palestine. Quite the opposite: Long shrouds wrapped under and over the body have in fact been excavated.

I think it likely that the plural form οθονια in John and Luke refers to both the σινδων and the κειριαι, the
strips which tied the hands and feet, etc.. (See below.)

...

I would not go so far as to claim that a text can in any way verify the Shroud. But the words of the New Testament, considered carefully in context, fully support the physical characteristics of the cloth: Σινδων, unlike some other
words that might have been used -- λινον, λεντιον, κειρια -- to describe the cloth that wrapped the body of Jesus, suggests material such as that of the Shroud of Turin - very high quality linen that is "soft to the touch." It's description as καθαρος implies its Levitical purity required by "the burial custom of the Jews," and directly connects the burial cloth of Jesus to ritual requirements of early Judaism.

www.shroud.com

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