Biblical Perspective on the Life in Pompeii

pompeiiOn August 24, 79 AD the people of Pompeii lived their day to day lives as usual. The day begun at sunrise like any other day; the bell-tower struck and the town’s population of free-people and slaves went to work. Merchants carried their valuable items to the main trading sea port, slaves taught the wealthy to read and write, marketers shouted their wares, friends met at public bath houses to chat, and the women weaved and sold fresh produce. The paved Roman roads were bustling, the people were noisy, but just nearby was Mount Vesuvius–the once-quiet volcano that began to groan and release its magma. The Romans were completely unaware of this as they continued to do their daily routines; it was by the end of August 25 that the volcano covered the town in ashes and molten rock. The people of Pompeii were no more.

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Did the Law of Moses Copy the Code of Hammurabi?

milkau_oberer_teil_der_stele_mit_dem_text_von_hammurapis_gesetzescode_369-2There is a long list of reasons why skeptics and atheists doubt the veracity of the Bible. One of the reasons is the law code of Hammurabi dating back to around 1754 BC. This code of law was established by the Babylonian king Hammurabi for his subjects in the region of Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) “so that the powerful may not oppress the powerless.” History courses in schools make it their best efforts to subtly train the students’ mind to move their eyes away from God with comparing this to the Mosaic Laws.  Some laws in here, admittedly, reflect the Laws of the Torah. However, as the Christian critically examines both laws, he would find that the Law of Moses was not a mere copycat, but a repudiation of the code of Hammurabi and a correction of true morality.

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