Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World

The Serial Stelae Cycle of "18-Rabbit–God K," King of Copan


Author: Elizabeth A. Newsome

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292788029

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Assemblies of rectangular stone pillars, or stelae, fill the plazas and courts of ancient Maya cities throughout the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and western Honduras. Mute testimony to state rituals that linked the king's power to rule with the rhythms and renewal of time, the stelae document the ritual acts of rulers who sacrificed, danced, and experienced visionary ecstasy in connection with celebrations marking the end of major calendrical cycles. The kings' portraits are carved in relief on the main surfaces of the stones, deifying them as incarnations of the mythical trees of life. Based on a thorough analysis of the imagery and inscriptions of seven stelae erected in the Great Plaza at Copan, Honduras, by the Classic Period ruler "18-Rabbit-God K," this ambitious study argues that stelae were erected not only to support a ruler's temporal claims to power but more importantly to express the fundamental connection in Maya worldview between rulership and the cosmology inherent in their vision of cyclical time. After an overview of the archaeology and history of Copan and the reign and monuments of "18-Rabbit-God K," Elizabeth Newsome interprets the iconography and inscriptions on the stelae, illustrating the way they fulfilled a coordinated vision of the king's ceremonial role in Copan's period-ending rites. She also links their imagery to key Maya concepts about the origin of the universe, expressed in the cosmologies and mythic lore of ancient and living Maya peoples.

The Mighty Tree of the Universe

God reveals the mysteries of creation to men


Author: Isaac Antwi

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 1468951270

Category: Religion

Page: 1

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Do you know that the Universe, made up of Planets, Stars, Galaxies, Galactic Clusters, Super Galactic Clusters, and a common Center is a Mighty Tree planted on the shores of the God of Creation? This was the revelation made by two English speaking Angels to the author of this book in Ghana starting from 1983. In this book, Scientists are going to know what God says about the origin of the Universe, nuclear fusion in the Stars, evolution of man and the species, the misunderstood and unknown dark-energy and dark-matter of the Universe, cloning of the species, man's position in the awesome Universe, etc. At the same time Christians are also treated to the origin of Angels and demons, the purpose of the calling of man into the Kingdom of God, etc. For the first time in the annals of mankind, therefore, the God of Creation is making known to men the bridge that links the material Universe to His spiritual Kingdom, and the corridor between Science and Religion. THE MIGHTY TREE OF THE UNIVERSE has a content that is a must-read for all mankind at this age of enlightenment!

The Trail of Three Trees

From Paradise to the Promised Land


Author: Janet White

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1512762881

Category: Religion

Page: 246

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Follow the biblical trail from Adam to Moses in the shade of the tree of life. Discover how Gods original plan unfolds through dreams, name meanings, and prophecy. Every person must choose a patheither by following the scarlet cord of blood or the black chain of sin. Learn why the Bible is one book with many unifying themes and how the Pentateuch (first five books) lays the foundation for the rest of scripture. Find how the familiar stories are connected to one another and to the whole, as well as pointing to the Messiah the fulfillment of Gods purpose to dwell among his people. The tree of life is like a pair of bookends, appearing first in Genesis and ending in Revelation. The trail that connects them provides a fascinating adventure for the person who wants a deeper understanding of spiritual truths. The book includes questions for reflection and discussion.

Inventing the Christmas Tree


Author: Bernd Brunner

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300188862

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 8035

A colorfully decorated Christmas tree, lit with twinkling lights, provokes awe and delight. We understand the lighted tree as a central symbol of the Christmas season, but what are the roots of the tradition? Who first thought to bedeck a tree, to bring it inside? How and where did the local activity grow into a widespread tradition, and how has the Christmas tree traveled across time and continents? Bernd Brunner's brief history—enriched by a selection of delightful and unusual historical illustrations—spans many centuries and cultures to illuminate the mysteries of the Christmas tree and its enduring hold on the human imagination. DIVTracing various European traditions from the Middle Ages forward, Brunner finds that only in the nineteenth century did Christmas trees become common in European family homes. In North America, the imported custom soon fascinated, though some found the tree not quite compatible with a Puritan mindset. Brunner explores how the Christmas tree entered mainstream American culture and how in recent times it has become globally popular. He introduces Jacqueline Kennedy's Nutcracker Tree in the White House, trees used to celebrate the New Year in Turkey, and the world's most expensive Christmas tree, erected in Abu Dhabi. The author also considers the place of the artificial tree and the ecological dimensions of the Christmas tree trade. A book rich with anecdote and insight, Inventing the Christmas Tree will enchant a wide audience./div

The Sacred Tree


Author: John BENTLEY (Author of “The Divine Logos.”.)

Publisher: N.A



Page: 23

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Paradise Lost Simplified!

Includes Modern Translation, Study Guide, Historical Context, Biography, and Character Index


Author: John Milton

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1621075990

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 8330

How can you appreciate John Milton’s Paradise Lost when you have no idea what it’s saying?! If you’ve ever sat down with the epic poem and found yourself scratching your head then this bundled book is just for you! Inside you will find a comprehensive study guide, and a modern retelling (along with the original text) of Paradise Lost. Each section of this book may also be purchased individually.

Paradise Lost Companion

Includes Study Guide, Historical Context, and Character Index


Author: BookCaps

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 162107594X

Category: Reference

Page: 80

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Paradise Lost is epic in every way--but let's face it..if you don't understand it, then you are not alone. This annotated book includes a summary of each section, an overview of themes and characters. It does not include the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

Hebrews - Revelation


Author: David E. Garland

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310866243

Category: Religion

Page: 800

View: 5908

Continuing a Gold Medallion Award-winning legacy, this completely revised edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series puts world-class biblical scholarship in your hands. Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this new thirteen-volume edition marshals the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. You’ll find up-to-date information grounded in the same unchanging commitment to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.Of the fifty-six contributors, thirty of them are new. Reflecting the Expositor’s Bible Commentary international and cross-denominational approach, they come from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand, and from a broad diversity of churches, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed.The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the complete New International Version for its English text, but it also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. For each book of the Bible, the thoroughly revised features consist of:A comprehensive introduction A short and precise bibliography A detailed outline Insightful exposition of passages and verses Overviews of sections of Scripture to illumine the big picture Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the text in question Transliteration and translation of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes A balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion

The Gnostic Bible

Revised and Expanded Edition


Author: Willis Barnstone,Marvin Meyer

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824140

Category: Religion

Page: 896

View: 4744

Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE—with earlier antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, some gnostic texts suggest that god should be celebrated as both mother and father, and that self-knowledge is the supreme path to the divine. Only in the past fifty years has it become clear how far the gnostic influence spread in ancient and medieval religions—and what a marvelous body of scriptures it produced. The selections gathered here, in poetic, readable translation, represent Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their regions of origin include Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. Also included are introductions, notes, an extensive glossary, and a wealth of suggestions for further reading.

Trees of the American Southwest


Author: George A. Petrides,Olivia Petrides

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811731652

Category: Nature

Page: 111

View: 1949

Identify nymphs, tie imitations, and fish them successfully Casting, finding lies, detecting the strike, fishing depth, tackle, proper presentation Insights into the retrieve, nymphing the film, and finding fish in still water Basic nymph fishing approach and presentation teams with trout physiology--what the trout sees and hears. A pictorial key to identifying nymphs is based on reliable, nonscientific characteristics that the beginner can use on stream. Presenting the fly correctly and detecting the strike are particularly elusive skills, and even the veteran fly fisher will find something useful.

Genesis 1-11


Author: Andrew Louth,Marco Conti,Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830814718

Category: Religion

Page: 204

View: 4041

Edited by Andrew Louth, this commentary on Genesis 1-11 illuminates significant writings by the early church fathers on creation, fall, and redemption as well as on the theological relationship between Adam and Christ.