Research Notes – Delphine or Delphina

Delphina (Greek) Female, meaning: From Delphi.

Delphine (French) Female, meaning: Dolphin. Derived from the Greek name. Famous bearer: a thirteenth-century French saint.

Delphine (Greek) Female, Dolphin. From the Greek place name Delphi, the site of the oracle of Apollo. Also from the plant name delphinium. (more…)

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Research Notes – Comet & Orion

The Talmud records the oral tradition of the Jews (Berachoth 58b) which tells us that when a comet passes through the constellation Orion, the world would be destroyed. The Comet Hale-Bopp would appear to be a fulfillment of this sign. It entered the region of the sky known as Orion on May 20, 1997 and exited on June 16, 1997. Another comet appeared shortly afterward whose path paralleled that of Hale-Bopp. This comet, 1998 J1, or, “SOHO,” has passed through Orion as well, and according to Bob Wadsworth’s study of these two celestial objects, both entered the ancient constellation Argo on the same day, June 14, 1998. SOHO entered from the northwest, and Hale-Bopp, from the southwest.

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Research Notes – Olive Trees (plus ties to Baalbek, Bird/Plane, stone steps/path, destruction & a news story from Lebanon)

Planting of olive tree appeared first in the zone of the Mediterranean region about 6000 years ago, most of studies inferred that the primordial place for cultivation of olive tree is the eastern part of Mediterranean basin region, especially in Syria and Palestine. Olive tree has been found since the Stone Age (i.e.- Before more than 12000 years), and its cultivation became more obvious in the third millennium B.C in Syria and Palestine. . . Olive tree cultivation is considered as one of the main agricultural production fields in The Arab homeland and the world. It is characterize by it’s historical, economic, nutritional and strategic importance, olive is considered also as one of the most important products in Syria .according to the recent statistics of agricultural and food organizations, the area of lands planted with olive tree mounts to million hectares, that constitutes about 95% of lands have been cultivated with olive tree in the world since hundred years. (more…)

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Research Notes – Google Randomness

The first results of a Google search on Syria, 1673 produce a city named Albaida (elev. 1673 ft.). According to the map below it would be approx. 20 miles from Tartus.

Albaida (Arabic: البيضة) is a small village in Syria. It is located 95 km Southeast of the port city of Latakia, 2 km south of Masyaf (Arabic: مصياف), and 210 km north of Damascus. It is part of the Hama Governorate (Muhafazat Hama).

The village is notable for numerous water springs such as Ayen Tallah which provided the village with pure water for many years. (more…)

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Research Notes – Travels of Paul, Geographicaly Relevant?

A. The period from the conversion of Paul until the lst trip to Jerusalem.

1. (Acts 9-l2). Paul was converted on the road to Damascus
2. He entered Damascus and stayed there for an unknown amount of time (Acts 9:19)
3. Paul went to Arabia for an unspecified period, and returned to Damascus afterward (Gal.1:17).
4. The whole period from his conversion until his departure from Damascus is given as “3 years” ( Gal.1: 18 )
5. He went to Jerusalem at this time, and stayed for 15 days (Acts 9:26-29; Gal.1: 18 )

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Research Notes – Delphi (and other Sacred Sites of Asia Minor), Delphi & Baalbek comparison

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi. The temple was repaired after a 3rd century fire and still stood in late antiquity at the top of the Sacred Way. As an empty ruin? Perhaps even as a monument to the Christian victory over pagan cult? Either way, it appears never to have been converted for Christian use. (more…)

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Research Notes – Baalbek Ruins, Lebanon (and Salah Ad-din)