Weekend Reading

This week: the importance of cursive; the worst job in history; archeological discoveries in China, Greece, and Israel; an educational milestone; grave robbing; muckraking; and the two Fourths of July.

• Newly discovered by archeologists: the world’s oldest pottery (found in southern China); a 230-feet section of a 2000-year old Roman road (paved with marble) in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, and a 4th/5th century synagogue in northern Israel with a mosaic illustrating the story of Samson and Delilah.

• An interview with historical theologian Timothy George, general editor of InterVarsity’s Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, on the historical significance of the Reformations, the Reformers’ views of the Early Church, and what post-moderns can learn from pre-moderns.

The U.S. Declaration of IndependenceAmerican exceptionalism throughout history, from the Puritans to the Cold War.

• Why a knowledge of cursive handwriting — taught by fewer and fewer schools — “is essential to a visceral sense of the past, and an ability to examine the literature, correspondence, and history contained in original documents” like the Declaration of Independence.

• The 19th century origins of seismology in the United States.

• This past Monday marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln signing into law one of the most important educational initiatives in history.

• The worst job in history?

• Next on Austria’s Most Wanted… The man who filmed himself stealing the teeth of composers Johannes Brahms and Johann Strauss from a Vienna cemetery.

Ida Tarbell vs. John D. Rockefeller. Tarbell’s History of Standard Oil made the cut for the Library of Congress’ list of the eighty-eight “Books That Shaped America.”

• And which other country celebrates (or used to do so) its independence from its imperial overlords on July 4th?


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