Louis L Sorenson wrote:I've been reading Harold Hoener's book Herod Antipas: A Contemporary of Jesus Christ. http://www.amazon.com/Herod-Antipas-Con ... =1-1-fkmr0. I don't have the book currently in hand, but he talked about the time when Herod Antipas was in Rome and trying to resolve a crisis and retain his kingdom in response to Archelaus' recall and exile. Harold Hoener translates θεραπείᾳ πολλῇ as 'with much money'.
What I'm wondering is whether θεραπεία refers to money specifically or some general kind of 'humbling servitude = sucking up'....
Well... I've never been overtly interested in political systems or structures per se, and even less in those outside the Commonwealth. For the 5 years before leaving Australia, I was basically living in the Egyptology Collection (Brunner) room at Macquarie University (to work on my MA) or visiting one of the theological college libraries in Sydney to try to get through my BTh. My major social contacts for that time were librarians, fellow students, family and the people from church - none of whom had an interest in discussing political systems. Now, for the past decade I've been living away from home in a non-English speaking environment in which I am functional but only semi-literate, so, I have to rely on even more partial second-hand information about the world beyond my own borders, than I did when I used to be able to read newspapers or watch the TV for myself. The only really popular topic that got as far as me, in that time, was that one of the presidential selections had been openly influenced by someone's brother, while I don't recall the details, I do remember how happy everyone was that the United States was not so different after all. Those things having been said, (and apologising to SLS for wandering from his original topic to which I will return shortly), I would like to comment on that popular sentiment and your (MA's) statement.MAubrey wrote:You've just described how the political system in the United States works...
I see a difference now living in an honour based society with people who have little regard for law or authority from my life I used to live in a society based on the rule of law. In an honour based society, human nature is more "in the raw".MAubrey wrote:Nah...the two systems aren't as different as you want them to be. You want a cultural gap to exist so that you can explain it. But most of the issues here come down to being human rather than being "modern" or "ancient."
More fun is better. I hope that sometimes you could not limit your fun by only stating concise opinions, but rather multiply fun by sharing reasons and example so as to give your thoughts a happy context to exist in.MAubrey wrote:Granted, then you don't get to write as much...and where's the fun in that?
Stephen Hughes wrote:I see a difference now living in an honour based society with people who have little regard for law or authority from my life I used to live in a society based on the rule of law. In an honour based society, human nature is more "in the raw".
Stephen Hughes wrote:Are you suggesting that culture doesn't exist?
Stephen Hughes wrote:I think there are cultural differences between the "Latins" I have met and northern Europeans. If you go away from the tourist areas of Macao, you will find work-a-day people enjoying a big half-cooked steak with bread and red wine, while just few kilometres over the border there will be work-a-day people with rice and chopsticks on the table, and so also with those that I've met from Cape Verde. I realise it is a flight of fancy, but I was just thinking as I was writing the previous post about how the Romans (assuming that they were something like the modern Latins that I have mixed with) would react to society that they were faced with governing in the Levant.
Stephen Hughes wrote:More fun is better. I hope that sometimes you could not limit your fun by only stating concise opinions, but rather multiply fun by sharing reasons and example so as to give your thoughts a happy context to exist in.
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