First Jewish Revolt

by Robert Hamilton   In this essay I will be critically assessing the studies of Martin Hengel, and of Richard Horsley, on the revolutionary movements in the lead up to the first Jewish revolt. I will begin by noting their similarities, that is, where their two studies agree in their Continue Reading

Qumran Sect a Cult Under Siege

The Qumran sect, or the Essenes,  as they were known by Josephus – the first century AD Roman – Jewish scholar, were a prime example of a religious community during this period (200 BC to 68 AD). Records of their community laws contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls paint a Continue Reading

Judeo-Christian Roots Beginning of Misuse of Religion by Political Powers

by Robert Hamilton I think it will be enlightening to look back into the very roots of our religious and cultural identities, to see where our gods have come from and what defined our relationships with them. Historically the Judeo-Christian religions were, once established, all pervading in their control over Continue Reading

History of Astrology

by Sudha Hamilton   Looking back in time in search of the origins of astrology, we are faced with the question, what is astrology? Is it an advanced scientific hypothesis, based on the premise that the heavenly bodies give off an ‘influence,’ which affects individual events on earth, or is Continue Reading

A Lot of Contentious Christian Ideology

by Robert Hamilton In this essay, I will be critically assessing the argument, put forward by Robert Di Vito in his published article, “Old Testament Anthropology and the Construction of Personal Identity,” that Lot’s contentious offering of his daughters to a ‘mob’ of men in Genesis 19 is an example Continue Reading