I was sitting in back yard when i noticed a flashing, orangish, elongated light over the trees in the neighbors yard. right away i knew it was not an airplane, none of the tell tale lights. know it wasn’t a helicopter no noise after one passed over. object was still there. decided to use my phone to try and zoom in and then began to record what was the best i could get on my phone camera. this all started around 1230-1240 am on september 15, 2017. it is now 1:00 am and the object is still hovering and moving around, although the lights have faded some. the object appears to be moving in all different ways and directions. up and down, diagonal, side to side, un defined motions. the lights flash. to the eye they appear to be orange and it appears the object has a tail. however when looking through the camera it appears as a whitish-yellowish ball. i got excited as soon as i saw it because i knew in my heart and stomach what i was witnessing. it is now 1:05 am and the object is hardly visible but still moving about in the same vicinity. now at 1:08 the object has completely faded out, however i never saw it take off in any direction, it just disappeared.
I was sitting outside with my partner and nephew talking. something made me look up into the sky and i saw this glowing round thing. it looked like an eraser from a pencil in size. it was reddish orange and stationary. i knew it wasn’t a meteor, airplane, helicopter or star. i said, “wow, look at that.” the “eraser” got brighter, almost yellow and then went out. right after it went out there a flash like distant heat lightning. i never heard any sounds or felt any physical sensations. about 3 minutes after the heat lightning, my partner saw what she thought might be a satellite crossing the sky at about 75 degrees moving very quickly. i did not see the “satellite” as it was moving to fast for me to catch sight of.
Later this month, global health luminaries will gather in Seattle to celebrate the anniversary of a relationship that had a rocky start back in 1986, when a brash young Rhodes scholar marched into the World Health Organization office of an epidemiologist who had published research papers on mortality in Africa.
“Are you Alan Lopez?” the visitor asked. “Yes,” Lopez remembers answering. “Well, I’m Chris Murray, and everything you’ve written about Africa is wrong.”
Lopez, a bit of a contr
I am frequently asked for my opinion on the Book of Jasher and the Book of Gad the Seer (more properly called the Chronicles of Gad the Seer, per 1 Chron 29:29). There are books by both titles floating around (typically on the internet) that purport to be these ancient source texts from the biblical (OT) time period. They aren’t. Books you might see online or buy in some form are not the authentic source texts referred to in the Bible. They are not books that belong in the Bible. They aren’t even ancient.
I have blogged before about the so-called book of Jasher. The link includes a short peer-reviewed article on the recent book purporting to be the ancient source text.
For this post, I want to add something about the Chronicles of Gad the Seer. Most scholars
Fortunately, there is a fine peer-reviewed article on the literary work that purports to be the Chronicle of Gad the Seer: Meir Bar-Ilan, “The Date of The Words of Gad the Seer.” Journal of Biblical Literature 109.3 (1990): 475-492. It’s available on academia.edu so I have posted it here:
The introduction to the article reads in part:
The purpose of this paper is to discuss a “new” book by the name of The Words of Gad the Seer. This is an apocryphal Hebrew book known only from a unique manuscript that was copied at Cochin, India, in the middle of the eighteenth century. At the beginning of the nineteenth century it was purchased by the University of Cambridge, England, and since then it has been there. The name of the book, together with other extra-biblical books that were in the possession of the Jews of Cochin, has appeared in print in German, Hebrew, and English during the last two centuries. Nevertheless, this book is almost unknown to the scholarly world. The aim of this article is not only to draw attention to this book but also to demonstrate its significance by evaluating its date.
Bar-Ilan concludes the book is very old, but not the book referred to in the OT:
The Words of Gad the Seer treated here is not the book that was in existence in biblical times and was apparently lost. The book discussed here was composed in one of the early centuries of this era, but was noticed only at the end of the eighteenth century. When the book was discovered, it was thought to be a medieval work and was assumed to be of little value. Contemplating the different proofs of its date of composition shows that the arguments for its lateness are outweighed by evidence of its early date. Nevertheless, even if one believes that the book is late, its importance is unquestionable. Its value lies in showing the modern scholar some of the techniques of the editors of the biblical narrative. It presents apocalyptic visions and perhaps supplies the missing verse in Psalm 145. Of further importance is the contribution of this book to the knowledge of the Hebrew language in the first centuries of this era: Biblical Hebrew on the one hand and philosophical Hebrew on the other. Above all, this book might enhance our understanding of the book of Revelation and the literature of that period in general; and the history of the Jews of Cochin would not be the lesser for it.
In short, the book has value, but isn’t to be regarded as a lost book of the canon.
It’s not news that tattoos are hitting the mainstream, but a new study reported in the journal Scientific Reports reveals that tattoo inks’ nanoparticles are adding color to other parts of your body.
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The Cassini spacecraft has entered its final hours. And with the end nigh, Discover called up the Southwest Research Institute’s Hunter Waite — a Cassini principal investigator — for a look back at how this has redefined our view of where alien life might live in our solar system.
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What story would you believe: A story about a drone that can fly for 4 hours or 4 minutes? Probably the latter, but this is a story about a hybrid powered drone that can fly for hours.
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