I cannot understand how Western academics, in good conscience, who boast of having attained such high levels of education, can so willfully obfuscate fulgent hallmarks of ancient Jewish history while simultaneously, and with great zeal, propagate an empty and contrived history of a people who never existed before Yasser Arafat invented them. These academics have no problem with a Muslim mosque being situated--by weight of religious partiality--upon Solomon's Temple Mount, as though Jews have no history whatsoever in the Middle East, but they have a problem with Jews building houses on land allotted them in a Torah that precedes all other conflicting religious bona fides by thousands of years.
"Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it."
When I first read this quotation, I was at once reminded of the sophisticated --and by now commonplace-- hatreds that have been directed against the State of Israel and those courageous Jews who dwell therein. These hatreds, once seized upon, can fester fast, and be disseminated as truth even faster. And believe it or not, those who should know better, those who boast of intellect and morality, are more often than not found to be at the forefront of this character assassination of Jews and their Judaism (which, by definition, includes a Jewish state). And no amount of placation, not even the weight of truth, can dissuade these anti-Zionists from their odious obsession.
One problem I have with these academics is their demonization of a basic tenet of Judaism, which is Zionism. They present a Zionism tangential from Judaism, which is not a Jewish Zionism at all but rather their invented version--an ersatz version they propagate to the world as being an evil and illegitimate political ideology. All other peoples of the world may win territory as a result of winning wars, but Israel, or so these academics propound, is to exist below and outside of these universal practices of law; all other religions may demand as sacrosanct their holy sites, regardless the manner by which these sites were acquired. But Israel and her Jews must accept the imposition of other peoples' religious expansionism, even when that same religious expansionism obtrudes upon Jewish holy sites.
These academics have no problem with a Muslim mosque being situated--by weight of religious partiality--upon Solomon's Temple Mount, as though Jews have no history whatsoever in the Middle East, but they have a problem with Jews building houses on land allotted them in a Torah that precedes all other conflicting religious bona fides by thousands of years.
Doug Larson wrote, "A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience." So it is with these academics presently obsessed with excoriating Israel and the Jewish people for a so-called "religious expansionism" (Zionism) they have otherwise zealously defended on the part of other religious, particularly Arab Muslims. When it serves the purpose of Arab Muslims, this academia can trace history back to the beginning of mankind, but when it comes to addressing Jewish historical issues, these same "intellectuals" cannot manage a rearward glance as far back as the Holocaust.
I've never understood "divestment from Israel" anything. How wise is it, especially for academics, to boycott the State of Israel when it is a prevalent fact that the Jewish people can boast of winning more Nobel prizes than any other race in the history of mankind? In my opinion, such boycotts of Jewish genius are indicative of why so many non-Jews are not winning Nobel prizes. We can rise no higher than the company we keep.
How do Western academics come up with the term "Palestinian" anyway? As Yoram Ettinger has written in a thought-provoking essay Who Are the Palestinian-Arabs? the observation, "Contrary to political correctness, Palestine was never an Arab entity with a unique national, geographic, cultural, identity." This is to say, the so-called Palestinians are nothing but a conglomerate of Arab Muslim peoples from those countries surrounding present day Israel. Conversely, Mr. Ettinger also recounts John Haynes Holmes writing back in 1929 that, "Scratch Palestine anywhere and you'll find Israel.... There is not a spot which is not stamped with the footprint of some ancient [Jewish] tribesman.... Not a road, a spring, a mountain, a village, which does not awaken the name of some great [Jewish] king, or echo with the voice of some great [Jewish] prophet.... [The Jew] has a higher, nobler motive in Palestine than the economic.... This mission is to restore Zion; and Zion is Palestine."
I cannot understand how Western academics, in good conscience, who boast of having attained such high levels of education, can so willfully obfuscate fulgent hallmarks of ancient Jewish history while simultaneously, and with great zeal, propagate an empty and contrived history of a people who never existed before Yasser Arafat invented them.
Penny Rosenwasser, of Jewish Voice for Peace, recently remarked, "A lot of Jews have a lot of fear because we were nearly wiped out 70 years ago. But we can't let that get in the way of fairness." Now there's a mouthful of contradictions. First of all, I've never met an Israeli Jew yet who is afraid of anything, least of all of his enemies. It is the enemies of Israel who are afraid, and this is the only method by which peace and harmony can be achieved in a preponderantly Arab-Muslim Middle East. Secondly, it is not the virtue of "fairness" to allow an enemy bent on your destruction to dictate where you shall live and where you shall die, which is the long and short of any Arab Muslim excogitation regarding the future of the Jewish people of Israel. That is not fairness. That is suicide.
So let's leave it to the Jews of Israel--and not to the PhDs of this world--to decide how they shall deal with their enemies. No other democratic government in the Western hemisphere is required to subjugate their very citizens to the hateful whims of an enemy, which is what the world's academia requires of the State of Israel. Israel and her Jews have long ago paid for admission into the pretentious realm of "fairness" Penny Rosenwasser and her noetic "fellows" have only imagined in what is become their fortified stupidity.
What is always impossible for me to comprehend is the fact that Muslims of all nationalities--even those raised in Western democracies--are much less bothered by the deaths of innocent bystanders who happen to get in the way of Muslim protesters than they are of someone drawing cartoons or making movies about the Prophet Mohammed; they are sensitive to little things, like cartoons or tasteless movies mocking their endlessly eventful religion, yet are insensitive to murder and bloodletting on any scale.
I believe Israel is on the verge of being destroyed by enemies more focused on her destruction than are Israel's friends focused on her survival: time to drop the meaningless discussions about impotent political tripe and, instead, focus our attention also on the uniqueness of the Jewish people--virtuous peculiarities that have not only distinguished them from all other peoples but have also deftly aided them in surviving their brutal enemies; time to concentrate on the necessity of ensuring a Jewish presence in this world, without which, as I believe, the non-Jewish peoples of the earth would descend into a darkness of cruelty and outright anarchy.
The journalist Richard Cohen has written, "The Arab world is the last bastion of unbridled, unashamed, unhidden and unbelievable anti-Semitism. Hitlerian myths get published in the popular press as incontrovertible truths. The Holocaust either gets minimized or denied....How the Arab world will ever come to terms with Israel when Israelis are portrayed as the devil incarnate is hard to figure out." This anti-Jewish hatred intoxicating the Muslim Middle East today, however, did not begin with the Third Reich shrilling it into the Arab air waves from radio stations in Berlin but from the pages of the Koran and the many "hadiths" following afterward.
No Western power is going to give credence to Israel's arguments against a two state solution (which would be nothing short of an Islamic "Final Solution" for the Jews of Israel) if they are moved in any measure by the slander and delegitimization being shouted from the rooftops by those Christian propaganda machines I mention above. No purchase of truth will be made regarding this pressing matter so long as Presbyterian and United Church clergy are burrowing underneath to bring down the Torah-prescribed ideal of Zionism.
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]
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R.P.BenDedek is the owner and Editor of KingsCalendar.com which was originally set up to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran'.
Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah.
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R.P. BenDedek writes social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both at KingsCalendar, and as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News in Maine USA.
(He has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003 and currently (2013) is teaching in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province.)
General formula for Biblical Data conversion:
The formula for constructing the artificial calendar was:
'X' times 364 equals 'Y' days'Y' days divided by 336 equals 'Z' artificial years.Values are:'X' = any given number of 'real/solar' years364 = perceived days in the sectarian calendar'Y' = number of days calculated336 = number of days in an artificial year'Z' = artificial years = 1.083'X' and represents the original number of the converted years plus 8%.To reverse the process by hand:'Z' years times 336 equals 'Y' divided by 364 equals the Number of 'X' years converted.
To see how effective this method is, SEE:Appendix 5:Diagrammatic Reconstruction of Israelite History from 936 to 586 BCE:
The Principle of Linear Causality
The King's Calendar is a very simple approach to Biblical Chronology. It substitutes a value of 336 days for every year listed in Scripture. As far as the Divided Kingdom is concerned, when you use this 336 day year value, the synchronisms actually work. To see how effective this method is, SEE:Appendix 5: Diagrammatic Reconstruction of Israelite History from 936 to 586 BCE
Because it is a mathematical system, the King's Calendar must abide by certain mathematical rules, the most important of which, is that if you change any date for any day, month, or year every other day, month, or year is effected and must also change. It's like a 'domino effect'. Chronological references cannot be 'forced' to fit, and nor can they simply be ignored or 'compressed' as is the usual case with historians and archaeologists.
If any King's Calendar chronological determination disagrees with anything in the history books, it must argue the case as to why the history books are wrong, or why the evidence for an assertion is untrustworthy. If the King's Calendar successfully defends its' position, then the history books cannot be treated as definitive, and if the King's Calendar is 'proven' wrong, then every other chronological reference it provides is also wrong.
Because of this, the King's Calendar Chronological Reconstruction of Israel's history is unique, in that its' methodology can be scientifically (mathematically) tested and demonstrated to be either true or false. Its' chronological predictions are able to be 'proved' or 'disproved'.
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