zaterdag 22 juli 2017

The Story Of Sarah And Abraham

Sarah is often criticised for giving her maidservant to Abraham to bear his child (strange enough, Leah and Rachel are never criticised for doing essentially the same), yet what she did was fully in accordance to the laws of the region they had originally inhabited.

The ancient Mesopotamian society was chiefly monogamous, yet the exception was allowed when the wife couldn't bear children. In this situation, she could give her husband a maid whose children were then considered as belonging to the lawful wife, while the maid was considered only as his mistress and could be degraded back to slavery for bad behaviour (kinda of what happened to Hagar), though she couldn't be sold.

If the wife refused to do it, her husband could take a concubine who was a free woman with full rights and would be considered as equal in status to the first wife, so it's quite obvious that Sarah's choice appeared logical to both her and her husband.

If you want to know more about Babylonian laws, click here.

vrijdag 21 juli 2017

woensdag 19 juli 2017

Some Of The Vacation Pics

I don't really have that many. In general, we've had a very nice time though the weather could have been better. The first week it was above +30*C, the second week it was +14*C a couple of days. We've done lots of things regardless so that I came home more tired than when I'd left it:)

One of the things we did was to visit this castle:

Standing there since the 13th century (I think), unfortunately destroyed by French in the 17th:

You couldn't come there by car, so we had to climb and it was a heck of it, especially considering the fact that two days before I had climbed the highest mountain in the neighbourhood and was still recovering:)

At least, we weren't the only crazy tourists as there was another family with two small children and some random guys, too!

Definitely made me feel less lonely up there...

maandag 17 juli 2017

KIng Arthur by Henry Purcell

One thing we did during our vacation was to attend an opera. (Semi-opera is a correct name, but who cares:)

Ours wasn't so indecent exciting, though. It was just a concert with the girls (they were all musical students) in evening dresses and guys in suits. This one is French, I suppose. The acting is really funny tho.

zondag 16 juli 2017

I'm Back!

We are back from vacation and we've had a great time! Regular posting will be resumed as soon as possible. Comments moderation is back to normal.

zondag 2 juli 2017

A Short Note

Since I'm leaving, all comments will go into moderation until I return.

See you all:)

zaterdag 1 juli 2017