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Sante Muerte: Encountering Death | Disinformation

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An article about personal expeerience with Sante Muerte from Modern Mythology by M.G, Popular in Mexico, and sometimes linked to the illicit drug trade,
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The nam-shub of Enki

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Once upon a time, there was no snake, there was no scorpion,There was no hyena, there was no lion,

There was no wild dog, no wolf,

There was no fear, no terror,

Man had no rival.

In those days, the land Shubur-Hamazi,

Harmony-tongued Sumer, the great land of the me of princeship,

Uri, the land having all that is appropriate,

The land Martu, resting in security,

The whole universe, the people well cared for,

To Enlil in one tongue gave speech.

Then the lord defiant, the prince defiant, the king defiant,

Enki, the lord of abundance, whose commands are trustworthy,

The lord of wisdom, who scans the land,

The leader of the gods,

The lord of Eridu, endowed with wisdom,

Changed the speech in their mouths, put contention into it,

Into the speech of man that had been one.

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The Gospel of Thomas Resource Center

A resource center for independent research related to Nag Hammadi Codex II.
Featuring Grondin's Interlinear Coptic/English Translation of the Gospel of Thomas.
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Manichean Psalm: Let Us Worship the Spirit of the Paraclete

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A psalm that summarizes the creation myth of the Manicheans, a syncretic religion that incorporated Middle Eastern Gnostic beliefs and Christianity. They believed that Mani, the 3rd century Persian prophet was the embodiment of the Paraclete (known to mainstream Christians as the Holy Spirit).

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Ancient Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses - Ancient Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses

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Religion is a key thing in the culture of man at this time. It is this time that it is being tested on large societies, and the people finally started having time to build larger monuments.

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Studying the Dead Sea Scrolls (without learning Hebrew)

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Isaiah 9:6 - The Great Isaiah Scroll from The Dead Sea Scrolls collection. Literally, the translation is "For a child is born unto us, a son is given unto us; and the government is upon his shoulde...
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how to use the Great Isaiah Scroll- from my blog Red Clay Theology

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Three I’s | The Return of Benjamin

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Posts about Three I’s written by Return of Benjamin
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The Great Isaiah Scroll

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From the Digital Dead Sea Scroll collection

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MSH Homepage

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Dr. Michael Heiser - ancient middle eastern texts expert- research focuses on the DIvine Council in the Israelite religion and 2nd Temple era Judaism's belief in the "Two Powers In Heaven"

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Muerte, Mi Amor | Disinformation

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In a culture, such as ours, that does everything it can to deny our inevitable mortality, when a folk Saint appears clothed in the visage of death it can cause...

I had never heard of Santa Muerta referred to as “La Flaka”  before, interesting. I need to find Dr Chestnut's Devoted to Death.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls - Revised Edition - Songs of Sages/Lilith

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One of the earliest extant texts that directly uses the name Lilith is Songs of the Sage (4Q510-511) fragment 1- or Songs of the Maskil (Instructor). The work contains incantations for protection from evil spirits, lists of infernal names, and instructions for exorcism.

     "And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendour so as to frighten and to te[rrify] all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers, and [desert dwellers…] and those which fall upon men without warning to lead them astray from a spirit of understanding and to make their heart and their […] desolate during the present dominion of wickedness and predetermined time of humiliations for the sons of lig[ht], by the guilt of the ages of [those] smitten by iniquity – not for eternal destruction, [bu]t for an era of humiliation for transgression.

Sing for joy, O righteous ones, for the God of wonder- my psalms are for the upright and [let...] all who are blameless exalt Him."

     The oldest surving reference to Lilith as Adam's first wife only goes back to circa 800 C.E. in the Alphabet of Ben-Sira, which was attritbuted to Jesus ben Sirach who lived in the 2nd-3rd centuries of the Common Era.

     While Lilith isn't called by name in the canonical Judeo-Christian works, it is believed that  the the "strange woman" of Proverbs is a reference to Lilith:

 "Her house sinks down to death,
And her course leads to the shades.
All who go to her cannot return
And find again the paths of life."
— Proverbs 2:18–19

     Isaiah 34:14 uses the word liliyyoth which is translated as screech owl in the King James Version, and as Night Monsters in the NASB. Christian commentaries usually referenced Rabbinical writings of Judaism that described the lillyyoth as beautiful women that preyed on children and men in the desert at night- medieval Christians translated lillyyoth as lamia-

"Wildcats shall meet with
hyenas,
goat-demons shall call to each other;
there too Lilith shall
repose,
and find a place to rest."

-Isaiah 34:14, New Revised Standard (one of the few translations that uses Lilith for lillyyoth)

 

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AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications: Titles with full-text online

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Oriental Institute | The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD)

List of publications as part the Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute
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AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Open Access Journal: SBL Seminar Papers

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DIVINE AND HUMAN AGENCY IN SECOND TEMPLE JUDAISM AND PAUL: A COMPARISON OF SIRACH, HODAYOT, AND ROMANS 7–8 - Durham e-Theses

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Torah on the Web - Virtual Beit Midrash

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includes English translations on the series Shoah- Faith and the Holocaust http://vbm-torah.org/shoah.html

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