Turn of the century Shanghai was a hotbed of imperialist engagement, capitalism, revolutionary politics, crime, and intellectualism. Therefore, it is no coincidence that it was in Shanghai that the 1905 anti-American...

Confucian thought, in its most simplistic form, holds that the balance of the universe rests upon the upholding of relationships—the relationship between the ruler and the ruled, parents and children, husbands...

In the Ancient Near East, religious appointments were political appointments. Thus, as the High Priestess of the Moon God Nanna, Enheduanna (2285-2250 BCE) was a very powerful political player in the...

The other day I was walking into my apartment with a friend, excited to introduce her to the masterpiece that is Summer Heights High, when all of the sudden a name...

“Whenever one assumes the role of historian, friendship and enmities have to be forgotten.” Anna Komnene/Comnena (1083-1153) was a brilliant scholar. Her writing remains the most important source of information we...

Enuma Elish is a straight-up cosmology, or creation story. It is also known as the Babylonian Epic of Creation, the Babylonian Genesis, and the Seven Tablets of Creation. It was composed...

Adam’s divine origins, like those of Eve, are hinted at in his name; where the name “Eve” indicates divinity and life giving, the name “Adam” is derived from the word adama,...

I wrote my undergrad thesis in part about the historical context of Genesis 1-3, and part of that included examining the parallels between those chapters of Genesis and much earlier Near...

January 11, 2019: This post needs some serious tightening, updates, and transitions. As some of you may know, Passover begins soon. So, I wrote up a huge-ass post about the historical...

The Hebrew Bible and the historical issues surrounding it is one of my major areas of study/geeking. Frankly, I am surprised that I have gone this long without talking about it...