Josephus - The Hebrew influence on the Greeks, and the Greeks on Rome Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 13 April 2016
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artist: Joshua Justice
title: Josephus - The Hebrew influence on the Greeks, and the Greeks on Rome
album: Josephus
year: 2016
genre: Bible Study (id None)
Greek and Roman culture has provided foundations for Western Culture, but who or what influenced them?  According to Josephus, and some indicators through writers from Antiquity, the Israelites, specifically the tribe of Dan, had a huge influence in the development of the Greek culture itself.  One example is provided through one of the most well-known stories from all three cultures which has to do with a very strong individual whose strength was attributed to supernatural gifting. The Bible tells of Samson, given a gift of great strength so he might deal with the enemies of Israel.  The other cultures had a man named Hercules......and there are many, many points of similarity... Deacon Joshua uses maps and stories to bring home the history of the movement of the Israeli people and their influence on the cultures which eventually grew and even flourished in the Mediterranean area, from Carthage to Turkey to Greece to Rome to Spain, as well as other peoples of the Middle East. 

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