By Hugh Nibley
Dr. Hugh W. Nibley, professor emeritus of old scriptures at Brigham younger collage, gave the subsequent twenty-six lectures in an honors classification at the Pearl of serious rate. This classification used to be videotaped within the Maesar development in the course of wintry weather semester 1986 and the textual content used to be then transcribed and is integrated the following during this ebook.
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These rumors grew, and he didn't know what to make of them. He paid no attention until one day there was a street meeting. Right at the most busy crossroads in the center of Rome, here was this character preaching to all the people standing around. He was proclaiming that the Son of God had appeared in the region of Judea, promising eternal life to those who would listen to him-that he had been sent from God the Father, etc. Clement said that he spoke about matters both temporal and eternal. That was Barnabas who had come on a mission to Rome.
The reason he uses Apelles is that Apelles was a famous actor. Everybody was wild about Apelles because he was a clever actor. ) The people at that time were obsessed by theatromania, the theater mania. Everything was spectator sports. It's TV today. But they were just as obsessed as we are today. It is a sign of ultimate decline and fall, this theatromania. All those notes I've collected on theatromania and never used I'm going to use sometime. " We're all watchers and viewers today. Very few participants in sports or anything else, thanks to TV.
But it's important to have them turn their pockets out and show what they have. They were just loaded with charms and rabbits' feet, and all sorts of superstitious trinkets, etc. Very superstitious. In about one out of two or three hundred you would find a Bible. In World War I, they tell me, every soldier had a Bible. It was routine for everyone to have a Bible. But in World War II they didn't have Bibles; they didn't believe in anything in particular, but were they superstitious! Did they cling to their rabbit's foot!