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K. Metzer M.A. Cantab.
Watford, Hertfordshire UK
Karen Armstrong’s book “The Bible (The Biography) is brilliant, and I agree with some of it; but not her scepticism about King David, whose life story i think is largely true.
General opinion in the UK and USA is largely not Christian or Jewish in the traditional sense, but affected by research and scepticism eg. on Moses Life and the Virgin Birh of Jesus. I have a book by G. Parrinder (Jon of Joseph), according to which Mary had 7 or 8 children and Joseph was the actual father of Jesus. Parrinder is an emeritus professor of Comparative Religion in the University of London.
Muslims believing in the Holy Qu;ran are not necessarily fanatical. Fanatics largely follow the Wahabi sect originating in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. And the Shia in Iran and Iraq are quite a different lot. Karen Armstrong’s book says very little about Islam - on which she has written a different book.
What matters is what political leaders believe in. This is vital. According to a Christian magazine (Dispatches from Jerusalem) the President of Iran believes in the coming of the Mahdi and hence a nuclear war between Israel and Iran is possible between 2010 and 2020. This would result, according to Cordesman, a professor at CSIS (Centre for Strategic and Internatioal Studies, USA) in 16-28 million Iranian deaths and 200,000 - 800,000 Israeli deaths, all within 21 days. But Karen Armstrong points out that even strategic assessments may be coloured by belief in this ‘rapture’ based on a literal reading of the Book of Revelations (the last book of the New Testament).
According to a humourist laughing about the oncoming American presidential election, the new president (B.Obama) when informed of Iran’s development of an atomic bomb in 2009 would be at a total loss as to what to do do Considering intelligence failures of the past, e.g. about Adolf Hitler’s intentions, he would not be the only one!
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