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Copts are an often forgotten group of Christians. What country
do they originally relate to?
2.Masada is the name of a mountain fortress in the
Negev desert which was defended by 1,000 Jews against 15,000
Romans. Ultimately when they realised their situation became
desperate, they preferred to slaughter each other rather than
to fall into the hands of their enemy. What Jewish sect did
most of them belong to?
3.In the representation of the Buddhist Wheel of Life
, the Rooster symbolizes Passion, the Snake Hatred. What does
the Pig represent?
4.In what part of the world did Mani (born 216 AD)
originally develop his Manicheist theories?
5.Which of these groups tends to avoid bowing to people
in authority when this could be interpreted as showing respect
to their function, rather than to the spiritual potential
that is in all humans?
*Witnesses of Jehovah
6.Which of these countries has traditionally been
considered to be the 'Queen of Sheba''s homeland - though
there is at least one rivalling theory that it was Yemen in
7.Who was the last ruler to officially inherit the
solemn, Biblical-sounding title 'Lion of Judah'?
8.What Catholic religious order had its origin in
the foundation of the Abbey of Monte Cassino in Italy?
*Ordo Fratrum Minorum or Friars Minor
*Ordo Sancti Benedicti or the Order of the Benedictines
9.For which religion was the Millennium Year AD 2000
10.Who is this prayer from: 'Lord, give me chastity
and continence, but not just now' ?
Copt derives from Aegyptus, in Arab Qupt.They considered
themselves to be the true descendants of the ancient
Egyptians. There was a group of Copts in Ethiopia too,
but they don't any longer want to be considered part
of the Coptic community. There also was a Kingdom of
the Coptic Church of which the capital was Aksum. That
town is now in Ethiopia. The Coptic Church started its
history and had the larger number of its followers in
Egypt however, not in any of the other Middle East countries
where it always has had small minority groups up till
The story is situated in 66 AD. The fortress of Massada
had been built by Herod between 37 and 31 BC. Its details
are to be found with the Romanised Jewish historian
In the very centre of the wheel there is a rooster chasing
a pig chasing a snake chasing the rooster.
Manicheism sees Creation as a battle between the two
independent forces of good and evil, evil not being
subjected to any superior power. It can be seen as a
form of Gnosticism. Mani lived from 216 till 276. He
was born in the province of Babylon, which was under
Persian rule. His family was Persian, but his name is
Aramaic. In the course of his life he got into conflict
with the dominant Zoroastrian priests in Persia and
was put to death. His death was compared to that of
The principle being that Buddhists should always focus
on the spiritual rather than on the temporal and worldly.
Catholics and Christians are supposed to give to Caesar
what is due to Caesar, as the Gospel puts it.
There is a rivalling theory that she may have lived
In the Abyssinian War, Mussolini was after the territory
of what is now Ethiopia, which he wanted to make an
8.Ordo Sancti Benedicti or the Order of the
St. Benedict of Subiaco came here in the sixth century
after Christ. The Premonstratenzians are also known
as the Norbertines. The Cistercians are also known as
the Trappists. The Friars Minor were of course founded
by St. Francis.
H means 'since the Hegira' or the Flight of Mohammed
to Medina -- 622 AD.On 16 July of that year (Julian
calendar!) AH1 started? AH stands for Anno Hegirae,
year of the Hijra. In the year AD 2003 we have witnessed
the start of Islamic year AH 1424.
In his younger years St Augustine was a bit of a brat.
St Jerome was a much more sombre man. Erasmus was not
really a saint and prayers are not what he bequeathed
to the world. Thomas More had a few original prayers,
e.g. a prayer in which he asks to be enlightened as
to what IS to be done, and also to be enlightened as
to what CAN be done, and especially to be given the
wisdom to distinguish between the two.
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