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Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The stories of the origins of Judaism, one of the world's major monotheistic religions, are many, and Jews, the observers of Judaism, differ even among themselves when it was firmly established as a significant religious faith. It is the major...

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Judaism is one of the major religions in the world, and is usually referenced as the world's first monotheistic religion. There is a belief in only one God, the same one that other religions believe in.Thus, Jews do not believe in the concept of the...

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

BEIT BERL, Israel:It is a matter of land, the decades-old dispute between the Palestinians and the Israelis, especially since the Jewish state of Israel was established in 1948 on lands which each side claims belong to it.The disputed territory,...

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

By the end of the Six-Day War of 1967 the Israelis had occupied Syria's Golan Heights and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Three years later, Anwar Sadat replaced Gamal Abdel Nasser as Egypt's president. He wanted the United States to persuade its ally,...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

It was December 1976, a period of intense political tribalism and violence in Jamaica. Things really got out of hand as the leaders of the two major political parties had lost control of the situation.To bring back the love and unity, reggae icon...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

When Diana Cooper-Clark was a little girl living on Swallowfield Avenue in St Andrew, she was a "voracious" reader. One day when she ran out of books, she randomly selected one of her father's and went into her yard to read under a lignum vitae tree...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Jamaica has a long and colourful social and political history that is documented in diverse places. But the history of the island's flora (plants) and fauna (animals), some of which are endemic, is much longer. And one institution that is preserving...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Ten thousand dollars was what patrons paid to participate in Farm to Table, held at Orange Hall Estates in St Ann on Sunday, November 6. This is much money by many standards, but it was not so much for the vast array of food and drinks that was...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams

This time around it is a drum. About 20 feet long, it has to be the longest in Jamaica, and perhaps in all of the Caribbean. And it is not just a gigantic showpiece, it is functional as was demonstrated on Sunday, November 6, after it was unveiled...

Published:Saturday | November 12, 2016 | 12:01 AMPaul H. Williams

The region in the Middle East encompassing Israel, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, etc, are places that are mentioned in the Bible, Christendom's Holy book. According to Christians, Jesus Christ was the messiah...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Inner-city Spanish Town community. The dark lanes and the 'dead yard' were busy. It was the wake for the community activist who was killed in broad daylight by the area don, 'Jim Bum'. Nobody in the community had seen Jim Bum since then.People were...

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The Pentecostal movement grew out of the need for some members of Protestant Christian churches to see holiness demonstrated in the established churches whose focus was on material and financial attainments.The reverence, sanctity, and Pentecostal...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

From October 13 to17, National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey (Andre Bernard) was resurrected by four ancestral spirits, led by Olo (Shana-Kaye Burns) and cast on to the stage at the Philip Sherlock Centre for The Creative Arts in Garvey The Musical...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

In an extension of its 2016 concert season, The Jamaican Folk Singers will have a benefit performance to raise funds to assist some students with their tuition fees. This will be held at The University Chapel on the Mona campus of The University of...

Published:Saturday | October 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Pentecostalism, which gathered speed in the USA at the beginning of the 20th Century, is a Protestant Christian denomination that has grown faster than any other over the past century, particularly in the USA and the Caribbean. The term Pentecostal...

Published:Saturday | October 15, 2016 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams

In the Pentecostal church, the preaching, singing and dancing are spirited, demonstrating a sort of exhilaration that is absent from many other Christian denominations.The praise and worship sessions are equally fervent, and people speak in tongues...

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Traditionally, African peoples believe in a supreme being who is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, and who is manifested in nature and natural phenomena.They are aware of their spirituality, and the relationship between themselves and this...

Published:Saturday | September 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

For millennia, African peoples have associated nature and natural phenomena with a supreme being (God) or divinities. Nature to them is God, and God is nature. That is the essence of their religious existence. And because of this notion, they have...

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Last week, in a veiled comparison between African traditional religions and Christianity, which is the major religion in Jamaica, some of the key elements of African traditional religions were discussed using Kenya-born Professor John S. Mbiti, a...

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The gospel of Christianity is underpinned by the doctrine that espouses that Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, conceived immaculately by the Virgin Mary, was sent to Earth by God to save humanity from sin. His message is that mankind must...

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

MOORE TOWN, Portland:The Granny Nanny Cultural Group of Moore Town, Portland, is now on a two-month, Georgia State University-sponsored cultural tour of the United States. Eleven members left the island on August 11 and will return in early October....

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Moisture-laden cool breezes circulate the refreshing scent of pine. Inhale.Birds chirp, and flowers bloom. Trees bear strange fruits. Skies are blue, candyfloss clouds white. The greenery is invigorating, and nature is bounteous.Old man's beards are...

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

One of the ramifications of the 1831 Baptist War, also known as the Christmas Rebellion, was the persecution and prosecution of Baptist and Methodist missionaries who allegedly incited the enslaved, including Deacon Samuel Sharpe, to burn down...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The Sligoville mini-stadium in St Catherine is set to come alive on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1 with Emancifest. To commemorate Emancipation Day, the event, to be celebrated under the theme: 'Preserving our Legacy', is organised by the...

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The Black River Lower Morass is the biggest freshwater wetland ecosystem in the Caribbean. It is the habitat for diverse species, some of which are endemic, rare and endangered. The region also teems with non-aquatic plants such as acacia, logwood...

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