What about #63

The history of the alphabetic writing is an interesting topic which takes a lot of research to find the right answers. Most of these sentences have been taken from Wikipedia.

Most or nearly all alphabetic scripts used throughout the world today go back to the Semitic proto-alphabet. Its first origins can be traced back to a Proto-Sinaitic script developed in Ancient Egypt around 1700 BC to represent the language of Semitic-speaking workers in Egypt. Based on letter appearances and names, it is believed to be based on Egyptian hieroglyphs.

This script eventually developed into the Proto-Canaanite alphabet, which in turn was refined into the Phoenician alphabet. These early vowelless alphabets are called abjads, and still exist in scripts such as Arabic, Hebrew and Syriac.

Phoenician was the first major phonemic script. In contrast to two other widely used writing systems at the time, Cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs, it contained only about two dozen distinct letters, making it a script simple enough for common traders to learn.

The Canaanite languages were spoken by the ancient Semitic people of the Canaan and Levant regions, (an area encompassing what are today Israel, Jordan, Sinai, Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian territories, and also some fringe areas of southern Turkey and the northern Arabian peninsula). The Canaanite languages had ceased to be everyday spoken languages by the 1st millennium AD, but Hebrew remained in continuous use by many Jews since that period into medieval times as a liturgical language, as a literary language, and for commerce, until it was revived as an everyday spoken language in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and became the main language of the Jews of Palestine and later the State of Israel. Hebrew is the only living Canaanite language today.

The semitic alphabet came to existence mainly through Phoenician and Aramaic, two closely related members of the Semitic family of scripts that were in use during the early first millennium BCE, the Semitic alphabet became the ancestor of multiple writing systems across the Middle East, Europe, northern Africa and South Asia.

On the first side :

The Greek alphabet has been used since the late 9 BC or early 8 BC. It was derived from the earlier Phoenician alphabet, and was the first alphabetic script to have distinct letters for vowels as well as consonants. It is the ancestor of the Latin and Cyrillic scripts.

The Latin script is the most widely used alphabetic writing system in the world. It is a true alphabet which originated in the 7th century BC in Italy and has changed continually over the last 2500 years.

On the Second side :

Historically, there have been two separate Hebrew abjad scripts to write Hebrew:

The original, old Hebrew script, is known as the paleo-Hebrew alphabet. Like the Phoenician alphabet, the Paleo-Hebrew alphabet contains 22 letters, all of which are consonants, and is described as an abjad. It has been largely preserved, in a variant form, in the Samaritan alphabet.

The present “Jewish script” or “square script” to write Hebrew, on the contrary, is a stylized form of the Aramaic alphabet and was known by Jewish sages as the Ashuri alphabet since its origins were alleged to be from Assyria.

Arabic is a Central Semitic language, closely related to Aramaic, Hebrew, Ugaritic and Phoenician. Modern Standard Arabic is a distinct form and more conservative than all of its current spoken varieties and is the only official Arabic language. For decades, non-linguists thought Arabic and Hebrew were nearly the same. Especially Arabic speakers, who pronounce Hebrew as (Ebry) and Arabic as (Araby).

Arabic and Hebrew are very similar. An Arabic speaker, will easily notice the strong similarities between both languages if he listens to a Hebrew conversation. He will also start connecting pronunciation and the sounds to figure out how similar they are.

Another similarity is the shared vocabulary structure. Which dictates how verbs are conjugated.
These are some examples from the two languages to show how they are connected.

English:
Boy , girl,Sun, peace, Day

Hebrew Pronunciation:
Yeled, Bat,shems,Shallom, Yom

Arabic Pronunciation:
Walad, bent,shams, Salam, Yom

This is just an example , there are much more !

It is not awkward that God chose to send the Holy Scriptures to the Semitic people. They have similar languages and way of life.

What about #59

This is a post I wanted to make for a long time. I hope that it will be useful for everyone of you who has to eat food made by others without thinking about it. 馃槕

It bothers me to buy food from the fast food restaurants or even take aways, but unfortunately most of my food source comes from those establishments. 馃槥

Along the years I’ve learned lots of things about their hygiene. 馃槙And depending on the location where you find yourself, you’re most likely to eat dirty food most of the day unless you eat at McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, etc…. 馃槖

 Let me explain:

In most of the countries, when you buy/take food from a private fast food such as a Kebab house, a Deli or even your friendly neighbor be sure that they’re going to prepare your food without washing their hands. 

The cashier is the cook at the same time, so they take the money (with all its microbes and viruses), they answer the phone which is the most dirty thing around us (google it), they might even handshake their frequent customers and then touch your sandwich or your pizza or whatever you ordered without washing their hands or putting disposable gloves on. 

I don’t want to go into details but unfortunately there is no hygiene in public food places. Half the year we can find flies walking and jumping on bread, cakes, sandwiches, vegetables …. and that doesn’t bother the customers ! 馃槻

Can you imagine flies walking on your food? 馃槰 Well….. that’s normal for most of the countries. Or you can find supermarkets where the bakery is self service, so the people/customers take the pasteries or bread they want with their bare hands (some people even dare to feel and touch some cakes or bread without buying them) . As they have contact with the food, they can touch, cough, pick them up if they fall and put them back….it’s disgusting ! 馃樀

When you vist your friends, they offer you biscuits for instance. But they didn’t wash their hands before (no offense please). They brush their hair before you arrive, they check their eyes in the mirror (with their hands), and then they open the door for you when you arrive. They ask you to make yourself at home and they jump to the kitchen to bring you coffee and something to eat. But did they bother to clean their hands first or will they take a look at their them and judge them clean as there is no sauce or dirt that they can see? 馃槙 According to them if they don’t see anything on their hands, they suppose that they are clean. 馃槨

Let me give you an example:

The last time I was in Switzerland I went to a Turkish/Italian Restaurant. I’ve ordered some plain pasta. There was a girl at the till, a boy who was making pizza and the cook. I couldn’t see the kitchen but I could see the cook coming out or in. As I always try to see who and how my food is prepared. After a while,  I saw the cook coming out of the kitchen and going to the toilet. 馃槷

I was a little overturned by the fact that MY cook went to the toilet before my food was ready. And very seldom cooks washed their hands after doing their personal business. 馃槵

Guess what I saw?

The cook came out of the toilet very slowly, CLOSING HIS ZIP!! 馃槻 do you know why? because he didn’t wash his hands. 

And that’s not all. I went toward the toilets as if I wanted to pee and looked inside the kitchen (perhaps he was washing his hands 馃槒). Do you know what I saw? God knows that I’ve never, ever imagined in my whole “experienced ” life that I could see such a thing 馃樁. My pasta was cooked, and He was pouring the pasta with HIS HANDS in the trays!! 馃樀 My God, I was shocked. 

He just came out of the toilet with his wet fingers, directly into my food! 馃槰 The girl at the till was there helping him. She looked confused or perhaps ill at ease that I saw everything. When I told them that I would never buy that food, she became angry asking what was wrong. I told her everything. She defended her cook saying that her cook was clean and that he had washed his hands (how would she know, she wasn’t there at the time馃槙). I told her so, well the only thing she found to say was that I had to leave and to hurry.

I tried to put my review in google maps, but they weren’t on it so….. 馃槧

Another story:

A very long time ago, I was just a child. We ordered chinese food by phone, which was customary in US. After a while the order was delivered. We began to eat when at a certain point my mom found something awful in the food: a big dead green fly.馃槻

Of course we vomited for a long time and then my dad went to the take away to show them what we’ve found. 

The point is, never trust a fast food or restaurant if you can’t see the kitchen or toilets. Never eat something which can be touched or spoken on by anyone except by the seller if he/she is hygienic. Beware of what you ingest. Lots of diseases come from our own fault. Some people are used to taste grapes directly from the store without washing them or even washing their own hands and after they complain that they’ve fallen sick. I’ve seen some people put their car keys, their parking ticket or even their money in their mouth as if they were dogs! 馃樁

The good news is that some countries have rules for the food. Such as Portugal,  Ireland and very often in Germany. The person at the till never touches the food with their hands, kitchen hats are always in use, they use gloves or tools to serve the customer, they wash their hands if they’re going to touch the food directly…. Those are special countries where you can eat more safely. 馃槉
Please be more careful with your health. And watch what you eat 馃槈

What about #57

Today I will write a kind of review. So if you’re not interested in a book review, you may as well skip this post.

I’ve just finnished reading The Chronicles of Narnia, the seven books. To tell you the truth, I never wanted to read it or to see the Movies. But sometimes the curiosity is stronger than the reason. So I started reading about a two weeks ago, I very much liked the first book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, two children looking for some activity, founding themselves in a different universe with a bad witche and talking animals. 
The second book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was lovely. Four children accessing Narnia through a wardrobe. But I was sad that they had to return to earth after being kings and queens for so long.
The third book The Horse and His Boy, Was about a boy escaping with a talking horse of Narnia. They’ve found a girl and another horse taking the same way to reach the country of their dreams. The boy ended by being a prince and the girl was adopted by the king.
The fourth book Prince Caspian , Was Awesome! Prince Caspian fleeing the bad guys and forming an army to restore the Narnia of Old. I was still sad that Peter and Sophie were going away forever and that Lucy and Edmond would come back alone one day.
The Fifth book The Magician’s Nephew, Was nice, Lucy, Edmond and their nephew Eustach found themselves absorbed by a painting to bring them in Narnia years later. Lots of adventures and fun on the way.
The sixth book The Silver Chair, was excellent, Eustach is back with a friend Jill to save the son of Prince Caspian decades later. 
The seventh book The Last Battle, unfortunately I didn’t like it at all. And this post was meant for this book actually. The thing is that all the books had a “saviour” which was a Lion called Aslan. And this Aslan was a magical lion that appeared and disappeared as he pleased. He had the power to hear the thoughts, to open gates, to speak to the nature, to make a river swell, to call people from Earth….. He was All powerful. But that’s not all, this Aslan was the son of a king from another land very far somewhere at the end of the world of Narnia. That means that his father; the king was even more powerful, but that’s not the problem ’cause it’s children story, and the main character is Aslan not his father. Now the problem is that this seventh book which is about the end of the world of Narnia, is what the bible predicts about the end of our Earthly world. I find this rather absurd that another world which has nothing to do with ours, have the same fate i.e the red sun and moon , the falling stars , the beast…. I’m not done yet. In all the other six books Aslan was merely a good fairy, appearing when he was really needed. But in this book Aslan is playing the role of God. The people/animals treat him as a creator. They worshiped him, which has never been mentioned in the other books. He personally ended the world of Narnia into nothingness while he opened a door to heaven. 

Maybe C.S Lewis (which was an Atheist who became Anglican thanks to J. R Tolkien and another friend) thought that a God is worth another. As Aslan said in one of the last pages (something along these lines): I accept those who worshipped Tash (a demon/ a malevolent God) with a good intention as if they worshipped me. While those who worshipped me with a bad intention, their worshipping was for Tash.

So to end this post, I’d like to say that The Chronicles of Narnia were lovely stories which were ruined by the last book, turning Aslan into a divinity.

I hope that you enjoyed this review and I would gladly hear your opinion on the Books if you’ve read them.

What about …#54

What about converting all our DVDs CDs into digital video? 

Instead of having 32 or 150 DVD/CD boxes around why not having them in our hard drive ready to use when needed? 

The quality is the same, but with smaller size and with the sharing possibility when asked. Here I’ll give the three best Video Converters that you can use to free up your living room and to convert your dearest privat videos into better digital video.
Any video converter is an All-in-One video converting tool, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, DVD, AVI, MPEG-4 ….  format for any portable video device.

It loads from disc and urls, it can burn your video anywhere. You can choose your own

codec settings, subs, quality video and audio. It can convert 4 to 6 videos in once.
Tipard media converter is a universal DVD and video file converter. It is considered by many to be a really advanced total video converter. It loads from disc as well, and it has a video enhancer built in. It can convert 4 to 6 videos in once too.
TEncoder is a multithreaded video and audio converter which could be more professional than the other two for its customizable settings. It can download video/audio from video sites like youtube. It can also rip unprotected DVDs, can convert almost every video and audio type, subtitles can be hard-coded into video, and can convert up to 8 videos at the same time. You can select between multiple audio and subtitle tracks or extract video or audio content as well. You may edit subtitles and audio delays or convert any part of a video. Effects like deinterlacing or cropping can be applied to videos.

The only cons is that there are no updates available since three years.

What about … #52

Many people still use Windows XP, 7, 8 and obviously even more use Windows 10. But the installation method is about the same.

If you’re interested in installing this kind of operating system, than I would recommend you to install Windows 10 which is now free to download from Microsoft. Of course you’ll have some ads to deal with, but other than that, it’s completely free!

You might even upgrade you old Windows to the newest one, though it’s best to install a clean one.

Step1.

First of all you have to write Windows in a CD, DVD or in a USB key. Sometimes the computer doesn’t recognize a bootable device, so you have to boot your computer by the BIOS to change the start-up mode.

Most of the computers start with it if you press F2 just after you push “Power”, but some are different, you might need to push an external button. If F2 doesn’t work than you have to search online for “How to start with BIOS…” then the name of your computer.

Change the start-up mode. Instead of booting with the internal hard drive, select either CD/DVD or External drive (USB) depending on what you have. Save the changes. Restart with the CD/DVD or USB inserted.

Step 2.

The first setup window to appear is to ask your language preference, time and keyboard input. Then click “Next”.

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The second one will ask you if you want to install or repair your current OS.

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If you choose to install it, you’ll need to enter the product key. This key can be found on your online order info, in your confirmation email for your purchase or if you bought an older version from the store, it will be on the CD/DVD packing.

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Then you’ll have another window asking you to accept the terms and conditions called “licence terms”, read them or not, that’s up to you.

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You’ll be presented with two options: Upgrade; keeping your files, or Custom; which is a clean installation deleting all your files. Make your choice.

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Let’s say that you want a Clean installation. You’ll have to select the drive in which Windows will be installed. (If you have more than one drive, BE CAREFUL not to choose the one which has your files in it)

Usually the OS files are installed in C:/ or Disk 0. You may want to format the selected drive to wipe it clean from any ancient files (just click on “format”).

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For now that’s it. You just have to wait about 10-30 minutes depending on which Windows version you’re installing.

Step 3.

Before you start using any Windows, there are a few options that you have to adjust i.e personalization, location, protection, connectivity, browser… clicking on “customize settings” Or you may skip everything using the Express settings which turns everything on.

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If you wish to customize the settings, just read the questions carefully to decide which you want on or off (Contact, Calendar, Input and Location data)

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The next page will let you deal with browser data, connectivity and error reporting. Read them carefully again to select the right option for you.

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Then you’ll have to say who is the owner.

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You may sign in with your Microsoft account (if you have one) so that all the Microsoft services are connected to your account such as Office, Outlook, skype… If you don’t have one, you can create one or if you can just use a local account.

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Choose if you want Windows to upload your files into Onedrive. next Meeting Cortana, you may turn on or off this assistant.

Some people don’t want to use it because it allows Microsoft to collect and use their location, contacts, voice input, search history, etc…. But other than that it is very useful.

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You’ll be asked about some built in apps to be the default app for certain tasks.

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Just enjoy it.

What about … #51

Section 1

Who haven’t seen a blue screen of death or a freezing computer or a corrupt update which blocks the normal startup? If you’re reading this, it means that you know what I’m talking about and you know it sucks. Well there are a few measures that you might take, that will help you to stop freaking out when that happens and it’s easy as 1 2 3.

I had a laptop which needed attention almost once a week, so I frequently used one of these methods to cross over the problem.

1/ Comodo Time Machine

According to me, this is the best solution due to the fact that it’s easy, quick and free. You’ve probably used windows system restore in your life, so you know how it works, but this one is much much better because you can access it when there is trouble and you can’t see your desktop. After you push “Power” to start your computer, the Comodo logo appears for a few seconds to give you the opportunity to access it if you need it, and restore your computer to a previous restore point created by Comodo. About 7 minutes.

2/Macrium Reflect / Aomei OneKey Recovery

Both work the same way but have different options. The idea is to make an image of your current drive (usually C:/) so that you can restore it when needed. It’s different from the system restore point. This method is to duplicate your drive entirely with everything in it (Read section 2 for details) and restore it exactly the same way, while the system restore point use only the windows system files. So when you install one of these two applications you’ll need to create an image so that you may restore it later. There will be a few easy options to tick and that’s it. To restore the image you need to have the software either in a CD or in a USB key called “Rescue CD”, it’s not complicated, there will be everything explained in their website or in the program (such as: https://reflect.macrium.com/webhelp/starting_with_the_rescue_cd.asp) It’s very easy to use, when you push “Power” to start your computer, you have to press a key usually F2 or an external button (it depends of your laptop) to start by the BIOS, to change the boot drive from C:/ to the external drive you will be using (CD or USB). And with that your computer will restart by the new drive you have selected let’s say a USB key (where you have stored Aomei or Macrium), then you’ll follow the steps to restore the image in C:/ and that’s it, just don’t forget when it’s done to change in the BIOS the loading drive (from the external drive to C:/). It’s easier done than said actually and it’s not complicated at all. You don’t have to wait for your son or your husband or your friend to help you solve the problem, you can do it yourself!

You don’t have to pay if you don’t want to, for example Macrium Reflect has a free version, it does the same job but with less options that’s all. It takes between 15 minutes to 8 hours (read section 2 to know why)

Now speaking about time: If you don’t use one of these methods, you’ll probably need to install Windows again to solve the problem and that might take time if you’re not accustomed with that sort of process. It might take between 30 minutes to 8 hours (if you have to call someone to help you for example).

These three applications are the quickest to solve any computer issue.

Section 2

I’ve spoken a lot about this section because it’s really important before you create any Image. Creating an Image is duplicating everything you have in a drive (C:/, D:/, E:/, etc…)

Some people have only one drive in their computer, which is a BIG mistake, because if anything happens to their computer they will lose EVERYTHING they have. You MUST have at least 2 drives in your computer. I didn’t say 2 hard drives. I mean, you have to divide your hard drive into 2 partitions (there are plenty of utilities which do that for free, even Windows does it) so that if something happens, your data will always be safe in the second partition. I you’re using an Image application you need to have 2 or more partitions so that it won’t take long to create or to restore an Image. It will take 10-20 minutes to restore and you may continue your job or your hobby as nothing happened.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

What about … #50

This is a little book of an author called Ahmed Didat which died some 20 years ago. I found it funny and interesting, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You may read what follows “Resurrection or Resuscitation”
“WHO MOVED THE STONE?” or “who ROLLED away the stone?” (Mark 16:3) is a Question, which has worried theologians for the past two thousand years. Mr. Frank Morison, a prominent Bible scholar, tried to nail down this ghost(s) in a book bearing the same title as this tract. Between 1930 and 1975 his book has gone through ELEVEN editions. Through all his 192 pages of conjectures he failed to answer,”WHO MOVED THE STONE?” (Faber and Faber, London). On page 89 of his book, he writes, “We are left, therefore, with the problem of the vacant tomb unsolved” and proceeds to advance SIX hypotheses, very nearly knocking the proverbial nail on the head with his FIRST supposition, i.e. “THAT JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA SECRETLY REMOVED THE BODY TO A MORE SUITABLE RESTING PLACE”. After confessing that this Joseph “might himself have removed it for private reasons to another place, is one which seems to carry considerable weight” (italics mine), he hurriedly disposes this hypothesis on the flimsiest ground. As you read on, dear reader, I trust that you as well as Mr Morison will have a satisfactory answer to this problem. Let us begin at the beginning of this problem.
It was Sunday morning, according to the Bible, the first day of the week, when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus (John 20:1). The first question that bedevils the mind is:-
Q1: WHY DID SHE GO TO THE TOMB?
Ans: The Gospel writers say that she went to “anoint” him. The Hebrew word for anoint is “masaha”, which means – ‘to rub’, ‘to massage’, ‘to anoint’. The word and its meaning are the same in the Arabic language also. From this root word “masaha” we get the Arabic word “MASEEH” and the Hebrew “MESSIAH” both meaning the same thing – “the anointed one” which is translated into Greek as “Christos” from which we derive the word Christ.
Q2: DO JEWS MASSAGE DEAD BODIES AFTER THREE DAYS?
Ans: “No!”
Q3: DO MUSLIMS MASSAGE DEAD BODIES AFTER THREE DAYS?
Ans: “No!”
Q4: DO CHRISTIANS MASSAGE DEAD BODIES AFTER THREE DAYS?
Ans: “No!”
It is common knowledge that within three hours after death, rigor mortis sets in – the breaking up of the body cells – the hardening of the body. In three days the corpse starts rotting from within. If we massage such a rotting body, it will fall to pieces.
Q5: DOES IT MAKE SENSE THAT MARY MAGDALENE WANTS TO MASSAGE A ROTTING DEAD BODY AFTER THREE DAYS?
Ans: It makes no sense, unless we confess that she was looking for a L-I路V路E Jesus, not a dead one. You will recognise this fact for yourself on analysing her reactions towards Jesus when she eventually saw through his disguise. You see, she had seen signs of life in that limp body when it was taken down from the cross. She was about the only woman beside Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who had given the final (?) rites to the body of Jesus. This man NICODEMUS, somehow, has been deliberately blotted out by the synoptists. The Gospel writers of Matthew, Mark and Luke are totally ignorant of this devoted and self-sacrificing disciple of Jesus. His name is NOT even mentioned in the first three Gospels in ANY context. “it is difficult to avoid concluding that the omission in the synoptic tradition of the mysterious disciple was intentional”, says Dr Hugh J Schonfield, one of the world’s leading Biblical scholars.
When Mary of Magdala reached the tomb, she found that the stone had already been rolled away, and the winding sheets bundled on the ledge within the sepulcher. The question now arises:
Q6: WHY WAS THE STONE REMOVED, AND WHY WERE THE WINDING SHEETS FOUND UNWOUND?
Ans: Because it would be impossible for any tangible material body to come out with the stone blocking the opening, and the same physical body could not walk out with the winding sheets encasing the body. For a resurrected body, it would have been unnecessary to remove the stone or to unwind the winding sheets. Probably having the resurrected, immortalized body, or the spirit of man in mind, a poet said: “STONE WALLS DO NOT A PRISON MAKE, NOR IRON BARS A CAGE”.
While the poor, dejected Mary was investigating the sepulcher, Jesus was watching her from the vicinity. Not from heaven, but from terra firma, from mother earth. We must remember that this tomb was a privately owned property belonging to his “secret disciple” Joseph of Arimathea – who was a very rich, influential Jew, and one who could afford to have carved a big roomy chamber, out of a rock which according to Jim Bishop (a Christian scholar of note) was 5 feet wide by 7 feet high by 15 feet deep with a ledge or ledges inside. Around this tomb was this “secret disciple’s” own vegetable garden. It is hardly expected of any Jew or Gentile to grow vegetables 5 miles out of town for other peoples’ sheep and goats to graze upon! Surely, this husbandman must have provided his labourers with the gardeners’ quarters to protect his own interests, and perhaps he also had his ‘country home’ around the place where he could relax with his family during the weekends.
Jesus was watching his lady disciple out of whom he had cast out seven devils. He comes up to her. He finds her crying. He questions her, “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?” (John 20:15).
Q7: DOESN’T HE KNOW? WHY DOES HE ASK SUCH A SEEMINGLY SILLY QUESTION?
Ans: He knew why she was crying, and he knew who she was looking for and he was not asking any silly questions. Actually, he was pulling her leg, figuratively of course! He knew that she was looking for him in the tomb, and not finding him there, was crying in her disappointment. He also knew that she would not be able to see through his disguise. Though he had been through an ordeal, he still had that sense of humour to ask her, “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?
“SHE SUPPOSING HIM TO BE THE GARDENER, SAITH UNTO HIM” (John 20:15).
08: WHY DID SHE THINK THAT HE (JESUS) WAS A GARDENER? DO RESURRECTED BODIES LOOK LIKE GARDENERS?
Ans: Can you imagine the scene on the RESURRECTION DAY, that you, dear reader, will be made to look like a “gardener” and your father-in-law will also be transformed into a “gardener” and your son-in-law will also be made to look like a “gardener” and your beloved wife will be left in confusion to find her husband! Does this make sense? No! The resurrected body will be you, yourself! Everyone will readily recognize you. It will be the REAL you and not your camouflage. Never mind at what age or under what condition one dies, everyone will know one another. Then why did Mary think that Jesus was a “gardener”?
Ans: Because Jesus was DISGUISED as a gardener.
Q9: WHY WAS HE DISGUISED AS A GARDENER?
Ans: Because he was AFRAID of the Jews.
Q10: WHY WAS HE AFRAID OF THE JEWS?
Ans: Because he had not DIED and was not RESURRECTED. If he had DIED and if he was RESURRECTED he would not have any reason to be AFRAID. Why? Because the resurrected body can’t DIE twice. Who says so? The Bible says so: “…. it is ordained unto all men ONCE to die, and after that the judgment.” (Hebrew 9:27). The idea that the resurrected person cannot die TWICE is further supported by what Jesus Christ had most authoritatively pronounced regarding the resurrection.
The learned men of the Jews came to Jesus with a poser, a riddle. They said that there was a woman who had seven husbands in turn. “in the resurrection therefore whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her.” (Matthew 22:28). Jesus could have brushed off the Jews with some curt retort because here was another of their tricks to catch him out. Instead, he has enshrined for us the dearest statement in the Bible regarding the resurrected soul. He said, “Neither shall they die any more, for they are equal unto the angels, and the children of God, for such are the children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36).
“NEITHER SHALL THEY DIE ANYMORE” – that they will be immortalised. They will not be subjected to death a SECOND time. No more hunger and thirst. No more fatigue or physical dangers. Because the resurrected body will be ‘angelised’ – spiritualised – they will become like spirit creatures, they will become SPIRITS.
Mary Magdalene was not looking for a spirit. She, taking the disguised Jesus to be a gardener, says, “Sir, if you have taken HIM hence, tell me where have you LAID him…” (John 20:15). Note, she is searching for HIM and not IT – a dead body. Further, she wants to know as to where they had LAID him, not as to where they had BURIED him? So that, “I might take HIM away.” (John 20:15).
Q11: WHAT DOES SHE WANT TO DO WITH A DECOMPOSING CORPSE?
Ans: She wants to put it under her bed? Absurd! She wants to embalm him? Nonsense! She wants to bury him? If so, who dug the grave? No! No! ‘she wants to take him away’.
Q12: HOW CAN SHE ALONE CARRY A DEAD BODY?
Ans: She is not thinking of a dead, rotting corpse. She is looking for the L-I-V-E Jesus. She is not a “super-woman” of the American comics, who could with ease carry a corpse of at least a hundred and sixty pounds, wrapped with another ‘hundred pounds weight of aloes and myrrh’ (John 19:39) making a neat bundle of 260 pounds. This frail Jewess was not expected to carry this decaying parcel like a bundle of straws. Even if she could carry it, how was she to bury it ALONE? She might have had to dump it in some hole like a heap of rubbish. But dumping and burying are poles apart.
She was looking for a Jesus who was very much alive, a Jesus she could hold by the hand and take him home for rest, relaxation and recuperation, “so that, I might take him away”.
The joke that Jesus was playing on this woman had gone too far. During the whole course of the dialogue between Mary and Jesus, she did not suspect in the least that she was actually talking to her Master. She had failed to see through the gardener’s DISGUISE. Jesus must have been laughing under his breath. He could suppress it no longer. “M路A路R路Y!” he uttered. Only one word, but it was enough. This one word “Mary!” did, all that the exchange of words failed to do. It enabled Mary to recognise Jesus. Everyone has his own unique and peculiar way of calling his or her near one or dear one. It was not the mere sound of the name, but the way he must have deliberately intoned it that made Mary to respond – “Master!, Master!” She lunged forward to grab her spiritual master, to pay her respects and to give reverence.
The Muslims, when they meet their learned men, or respected elders or saintly people, hold such person’s right hand in the palm of their own hands and fondly kiss the back of the respected one’s hand. The Frenchman kisses the cheeks to show respect and the Arab kisses the neck. Mary the Jewess would have done what any Muslim might have done under similar circumstances.
When Mary makes the effort, Jesus shies back a step or two, saying, “TOUCH me not,” (John 20:17).
Q13: I SAY – WHY NOT?
Is he a current of electricity or a dynamo, that if she touches him, she will get electrocuted?
Ans: No! Don’t touch me, because it will hurt. Though he had given no indication of any physical pain or injury he might have suffered, it would be excruciatingly painful if he now allowed her to touch him with love and affection. Can another reason be advanced for this “Touch me not”?
Jesus continues, “For I am not yet ASCENDED unto my Father;” (John 20:17).
Q14: IS SHE BLIND?
Could she not see that the man she was talking to all the time was standing before her? Does it make any sense when he (Jesus) says that – ‘HE IS NOT GONE UP’, when he is DOWN right here.
Ans: What Jesus is telling Mary in so many different words is that ‘HE IS NOT RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD’, for in the colloquial language and idiom of the Jew, the expression, “For I am not yet ASCENDED unto my Father” means – “I AM NOT DEAD YET’.
It is a sad fact of history that though the Christian Bible is an Eastern Book, full of eastern metaphors and similes, like – “Let the dead bury their dead” (Matthew 8:22) or “Seeing they see not and hearing they hear not” (Matthew 13:13), all the commentators of the Bible have come from the West. The Western World is made to see a Jewish Book, written by the Jews for a Jewish audience, through Greek and Western glasses. An Eastern book ought to be read as an Easterner would read and understand it. All the problems would then be solved.
The difficulty lies not only in apprehending the correct meaning of the Jewish expressions, but Christendom is so programmed that Christians of every race and language group are made to understand the passages differently or opposite to their literal connotations. I will give examples of this anomaly in Lesson No. 3 under the heading “RESURRECTION OR RESUSCITATION?” In that booklet, I will also endeavor to answer the problem as to why one woman – Mary Magdalene – was not AFRAID when she recognised the DISGUISED Jesus yet ten brave men (the Disciples of Jesus) were PETRIFIED on recognising their Master in that ‘upper-room’, after his alleged passion.
SIMPLE ANSWER
As to the original question of this pamphlet – “WHO MOVED THE STONE?” the answer is so simple and so natural that one is at a loss to understand how this problem has eluded Christian scholars of the highest eminence.
The answer to the question, “WHO ROLLED THE STONE INTO PLACE?” is the answer to the title of this tract. “….and HE (Joseph of Arimathea) rolled a stone against the door of the tomb” (Mark 15:46). St. Mark is here supported word by word by St. Matthew who in Chapter 27 and verses 60 states that “….HE (Joseph of Arimathea) rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and departed”. If this ONE man alone could move the stone into place as witnessed by Matthew and Mark, then let me be more generous in adding the name of the other faithful ‘secret disciple’ – NICODEMUS. It was JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA and NICODEMUS, the two stalwarts who did not leave the Master in the lurch when he was most in need. These two had given to Jesus a Jewish burial (?) bath, and wound the sheets with the “aloes and myrrh”, and temporarily moved the stone into place, if at all; they were the same two real friends who REMOVED THE STONE, and took their shocked Master soon after dark, that same Friday night to a more congenial place in the immediate vicinity for treatment. Reasoning even on the Biblical narration, Jesus was A-L-I-V-E! He had escaped death by the skin of his teeth, as he himself had fortold. Write for your FREE copy of “WHAT WAS THE SIGN OF JONAH?”, as well as for a detailed account of the alleged “crucifixon”, under the heading, “CRUCIFIXION or CRUCI-FICTION?”
Those of you who have already mastered Lesson No. 1 from the booklet “WHAT WAS THE SIGN OF JONAH?” will now do well to memorise the following verses for your Lesson No. 2.
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him. Sir, if thou hast taken him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
“Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him. Rabboni, which is to say, Master.
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my father:….”
John 20:15-17