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September 2021

Photo of the Month

"The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil . . ." Psalm 121:5-7.

     When we read the Bible, we find that it usually refers to the Moon as a gift from God, giving us light at night. However most ancient people thought the Moon was a manifestation of evil, perhaps a demon. Witches tried to access the Moon's power.

     Hecate was a strange goddess in ancient Greece and Rome. She was an underworld goddess who had the powers of the Moon. Often she is represented as three women standing around a pillar with their backs to the pillar. Sometimes she was represented as a woman with three heads. One of the three images was Artemis/Diana, goddess of the Moon, and that's what we see here. Notice the crescent in her hair. There are various explanations for the other two heads.

     She was the goddess of witches and ghosts, etc. We can be glad to read the promise that God will protect us from such deities.

     This photo is of a statue in the Vatican Museums. The statue is at least ten feet tall. If you want to use this photo, give credit to Richard Davies, photographer.

October 2021

The song says, "Don't know much about history . . .," but everything is "history." We really should pay attention to history. The people of the Roman Empire knew that there were serious consequences for not paying attention to the lessons of history.

     The picture is of "Clio," the muse of history. There were only seven muses, so it is significant to think that one of them specialized in history.

     Today historians debate what constitutes "history," and in the writings from the time of the Roman Empire we find several approaches to deciding what to record as history and how to record it. The New Testament Book of Acts is history by ancient standards and we should pay attention to it.

     The picture of Clio is in the Roman National Museum Plazzo Massimo in Rome. Photo by Richard Davies. Please give credit to the photographer and do not use the picture for commercial purposes.

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