Diana Agorio's Blog – October 2010 Archive (5)

Who’s your daddy? The Cuckold Carpenter in Myth, Ritual and Philosophy

My mother-in-law loves to say: “maternity is a matter of fact and paternity is a matter of opinion.” Opinions about the parentage of Jesus expose the origins of his story in Palestinian…

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Added by Diana Agorio on October 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Thus spake not Zarathustra

The notion that Zoroastrian monotheism influenced the Old Testament authors is a very widespread idea. It is an attractive idea because it fits so well with the theory that the Torah was compiled during the Persian period. It is also evident that Jews held the most famous Achaemenid kings, Cyrus and Darius, in high regard and there is a lot of evidence of Persian influences in Judaism; so,…

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Added by Diana Agorio on October 10, 2010 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Erbil, Kurdistan: "Oldest City in the World" Video Tour

My "man" just came home from a business trip in Kurdistan. Because he knows that I am obsessed with ancient history, he took lots of pictures and video of the Erbil citadel, one of the oldest cities in the world. I put together some videos on my youtube channel. Here is my favorite:…



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Added by Diana Agorio on October 7, 2010 at 8:03pm — 1 Comment

How to Write Like an Onion

I always think it is funny when I post a spoof article and some people say: "That's not true!" and post a Snope's link, debunking the story. I tend to think that some stories are obviously jokes. So, I thought it would be fun to show you how some spoof articles, like those of the Onion, are written. They take a real article, like this one: … Continue

Added by Diana Agorio on October 7, 2010 at 2:20am — 1 Comment

Pagan Mythology in the Jesus Story

Here is one example of pagan myth and Babylonian star lore in the New Testament from my book. This excerpt describes the action in Mark chapter 5:





“As Jesus continued his trip in this quadrant of the zodiac, he drove a herd of demon possessed swine into the sea. Jesus and his apostles crossed the sea from Pisces and headed for Gadara (or Gerasa,) deep in the lower left quadrant of the sky chart. They found a man possessed with demons in a graveyard. Jesus casts his legion… Continue

Added by Diana Agorio on October 1, 2010 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

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