What Is a Mercenary?

A soldier who takes pay for his service from any who need him is considered a mercenary. Instead of a soldier going to war out of patriotism or loyalty to a country or crown, a mercenary does it for employment. In Colonial America, many mercenaries later took to pirating which is often the case because mercenary soldiers are not particularly loyal to those who hire them. When the Roman Empire fell, one of the contributing factors was the employment of barbarian troops.

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History & Culture: What Is the Origin of the Word Beer?

When you’re throwing down a cold one, do you ever wonder where the word came about? Beer is a Hebrew word that means “a well.” The Princes and Nobles of Israel dug a well for one of the last temporary campsites of the Israelites and named it Beer, which meant “a well.”

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Ancient History: What Does Barak Mean?

Barak means “lightning.” The biblical, historical Barak was from Kedesh, a town in Southern Judah. The Canaanites were oppressing Israel and through advice given Barak by the female prophetess Deborah, Barak enlisted 10,000 men and “broke the yoke” of the enemy.

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Armageddon… Are You Kidding Me?

I have literally been there done that and it was so quiet you could have heard a squirrel rustling in the underbrush if there had been any. Armageddon is a place in Israel, Har-Magedon, meaning “Mountain of Megiddo.” Are you kidding me? I thought it meant the “end of the world” as we know it. It doesn’t and when I went with my family we were the only ones there! It’s a historical spot and there’s not much there unless you stand and study the white soil and see the remnants of the ancient horse stables that are low indentions and a bit of rock remnants and there’s a deep stairway that leads to a well. It’s quite uplifting and gives one faith to know it’s just a place in the desert with a gift shop and a sweet young woman tending it. Armageddon was a battleground during Old Testament days. Today it’s a quiet tourist destination. Let’s keep it that way.

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The Ancients Used Make-Up Too

In the bible there is evidence that Hebrew women were quite fond of beautifying their appearance. Whether or not the story was also improved upon is up to biblical historians but biblical translations state that the women painted around their eyes and stained their fingernails and hair with henna dye.

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