Sheaf Of Wheat Hanging By A River

Vandringsduva

When any of the fugitives attempted to cross over, they were commanded to say shibboleth, but, as they could not frame to pronounce it right, and said sibboleth, they were discovered and slain, to the number of forty-and-two thousand. This latter interpretation Dr. Oliver thinks to be the true one. He says, Such is the historical account of the warfare of Jephthah with the Ephraimites, and the reputed origin of the symbol and its interpretation, because the...

The Northeast Corner and the Corner Stone

Why is, or ought to be, the first stone of any building laid in the northeast corner A. The ancients believed that the movements, conjunctions, and position of the heavenly bodies influenced not only the destiny of nations, but of individuals, and regulated all the affairs of life. Their temples were dedicated to the worship of the sun, and the whole process of their erection, from the laying of the first stone up to their completion, as well as all the details of the architecture, had...

The Equinoctial Points

Equinoctial Points

These are the points where the sun crosses the celestial equator, which he necessarily does twice in his yearly circuit of the zodiac, at two opposite points, distant from each other in space 180 , and in time six months. The point where the sun crosses in spring, coming north, is called the vernal or spring equinox and the other, where he crosses six months afterward, going south, is called the autumnal equinox. At these periods the days and nights are equal, and that is the reason why they...