Category Archives: Heroes and Villains

The Seething Blood and the Massacare at Solomon’s Temple

The previous post told the story of the Shamir, and of the building of Solomon’s Temple. In this post, I’ll bring some traditions regarding the destruction of that temple. The Biblical narrative can be found at the end of Kings … Continue reading

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Solomon, Shamir and Ashmedai

Sorry for the slow update rate – hopefully, with the nearing term break, I’ll be able to speed things up a little. In this post, I’m going to relate¬†two of the many legends about King Solomon. With a thousand wives … Continue reading

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Armilus, Son of the Stone

I’ve written before about syncretism – how a culture comes in contact with another, absorbs certain myths or symbols, and tweaks them to fit better with its previously-established symbols and myths. Where this phenomenon gets really funky, though, is when … Continue reading

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Angelic Songs of Death

One of the issues Jewish mystics obsessed about during the Late Antiquity was the Merkabah, or God’s throne-room. Based on the vivid description in the first chapter of Isaiah. The first chapters of Revelations fit pretty well into the genre … Continue reading

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