Apr 6, 2003

Iraq's ancient Babylon has been considered a "cradle of civilization" being the birthplace of many concepts we Westerns refer to today: the first written laws, the alphabet, the monetary system, schools and libraries.
Hammurabi, king of Babyon, was famous for his codification of Mesopotamia's unwritten laws. This code was inscribed on what is now known as the Stele of Hammurabi (now at the Louvre). The stele shows Hammurabi receiving the inspiration for these laws from Shamash, the sun god. The confrontation between god & man and the reperesentation of god in human form reveals man's increasing self-awareness of his own importance.
Hammarabi's code was one of the first written law codes and the basis for the imfamous, "Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" philosophy that is also used in the Old Testament. This code was also the basis for the Ten Commandments.
Hummarabi's Babylonian empire was brought down by the Hitties around 1595 BC.

images of Babyon--The Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ --Ancient Tablets, Ancient Graves:Accessing Women's Lives in Mesopotamia--Hammurabi's Codex specified the harshest form of deselection possible. If the physician erred through omission or commission, his fingers or hands were cut off, immediately stopping his practice. This severe punishment for negligence supposedly weeded out physicians incapable of delivering adequate care--The Reports of the Magicians & Astrologers of Nineveh & Babylon--The Ishtar Gate at Babylon --map of ancient babylonia----Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon-- Nebuchadnezzar and Exile to Babylonia--The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Spiritual Biography--Storytelling, the Meaning of Life, and The Epic of Gilgamesh --mesopotamian timeline--The Code of Hammurabi --Babylon In Bible Prophecy Is Not Iraq (When the Gulf War broke out, many teachers and preachers got on the prophecy bandwagon, and most of them tried to connect the Babylon of the Book of Revelation with Iraq, and Saddam Hussein with the Antichrist. Let's take a careful look at Babylon in Bible prophecy)--Modern Babylon (Iraq)--Iraq in Prophecy? Modern Babylon?--Saddam's Babylon--The History of the Ancient Near East--Iraq's ancient Babylon bites the dust--hanging gardens of babylon--The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon --
News From Babylon--more Hanging Gardens Of Babylon --The Tower of Babel --The "Tower of Babel" is the name of the building mentioned in Genesis 11:1-9--The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9)--tower of babel---The Tower of Babel --Speaking in Tongues--"Speaking in tongues" is a topic of widespread interest in the Christian church--Speaking in a tongue is the believer's external manifestation in the senses world of the internal reality and presence of the power of the holy spirit--more tongues--more tongues--Speaking in Tongues--The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language --
The gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:10) was the supernatural imparting of language, which gave the recipient the ability to speak languages he never learned. It is the most sought after and the most misunderstood of all the gifts. The best way to understand speaking in tongues is to find out how tongues came to be and what the purpose was for the gift of tongues--The first occurence of speaking in unknown tongues in the Bible involved God's judgment at the tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9)--Glossalalia is from Greek glossa, tongue, referring to speaking in tongues, ecstatic utterances. One of the most interesting phenomenon in the modern church has been the tremendous growth of congregations which emphasize speaking in tongues--Tower Of Babel...The traditional site of the tower of Babel is located at Borsippa, just south of Babylon, which is named from the Hebrew word pronounced baw-bel, meaning confusion.

travelling in time.....Federal investigators have arrested an enigmatic Wall Street wiz on insider-trading charges -- and incredibly, he claims to be a time-traveler from the year 2256! via rama hughes
Terrorism and Postmodern Art

Marines can guard the Ministery of Petroleum in Iraq but not the Archeological Museum or the hospitals. Priorites.....
The 2003 Iraq War & Archaeology

post script:
from an email from my mother.....Iraq is considered the "cradle of civilization" because it's where the
world began. Did you know:
1) The Garden of Eden was possibly in Iraq. Two of the four rivers in the Garden of Eden, the Tigris and Euphrates, flow through Iraq, so some speculate that Adam & Eve lived in the area of Iraq.
2) Abraham was born, raised and called out of Iraq. The ruins of the city of Ur are just across the Kuwait border in southern Iraq.
3) Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian kingdom was in Iraq. It was located on the Tigris River north of Baghdad. The prophet Jonah preached in this city.
4) Babylon was in Iraq. It was located on the Euphrates River a few miles south of Baghdad. Our troops were gathered right next to Babylon as
they prepared to move on Baghdad. Babylon is one of the most important cities in Scripture...
a. It is also known as the City of Babel where the Tower of Babel was built when the entire earth was scattered.
b. The wicked ruler Nimrod ruled from Babel.
c. King Nebuchadnezzar lived in Babylon, started the Babylonian Empire and conquered Israel.
d. The Prophet Daniel lived in Babylon during the Babylonian captivity and wrote perhaps the most important prophecies in Scripture from there.
e. Babylon is considered a type of the world in Scripture and a synonym for worldly, materialistic, idolatrous, sensuous wickedness.
Babylon was perhaps the most glorious city in human history with walls as high as 300 feet by some estimates. Chariot races took place on the top
of the walls several lanes abreast, the walls were so thick.
f. It would seem the Babylonian empire might rise again in the last days, which makes this war intriguing. Read Isaiah 13-14, Jeremiah 50-51 and Revelation 17-18 where it seems to indicate that Babylon

Read Zechariah 5:5-11 where it seems to indicate that the seat of wickedness in the last days will one day again be in Babylon..? (The land of "Shinar" is Babylon)

saddam & art:
Rowena Morrill --Why Saddam Hussein is Madonna's new No. 1 fan.-- Saddam Hussein drawings--Iraqi soldiers stand in front of a painting of President Saddam Hussein --PEI artist's painting graces Saddam's new novel

Power is tasteless.


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