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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta It ISRAEL: A flame Rekindled II. In the Footsteps of Abraham 70ABL The destruction cfihe second the Lord had said unto Abraham, gel thee out of thy country, and from thy kin- dred, and from thy father's house, unto a land I will show thee. Some 1600 years before the Christian era, the fringe of land between the Arabian desert and the Mediterranean was peopled by many races. Mostly pagans, the Assyrians, Amorites, Hittites, Canaanites and Egyptians battled over small tracts of land ruled by local chieftains. From the plains of Mesopotamia came a stream Aramean immigrants who wished, to establish themselves in what was generally called the Land of Canaan. They were called Ibrim, or Hebrews, which derives from either their legendary descent from a man, Eber, or rather more likely because they came from Eber ha-Nahar the Great the The Bible identifies one of these men, Abra-} ham, as the first Hebrew. Abraham, now revered as the patriarch by Moslems, Christians and Jews, introduced the concept of monotheism, or the worship of a single god. In return for this firm belief, the Bible recounts that the Lord would make Abraham's people his "children" 'and that the land of Canaan -would be theirs. Moslems, incidentally, trace their descent to a son of Abraham and this belief has through the centuries continued the argument over to whom "the Promised Land" was promised. The early Hebrews began to establish a cul- ture and spirit in Canaan, yet an organized na- tion did not take hold. The people lived with war and bondage interspersed with short flights of freedom. In 587 B.C., the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, destroyed Solomon's temple and put the land to the torch, fulfilling the prophecy of Jeremiah, "Behold saith the Lord I will make the cities of Judah a desolation with- out inhabitant." Six hundred and fifty years after the children of Israel set foot on the Prom- ised Land, there was not one of their descendants still in it. And yet they returned. They were always to .return. During a period of relative peace, this time established by the Roman conquerers, an event took place which was to radically alter the course of history, not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world. This was the birth, in about 7 B.C., of Jesus Christ. Some 600 years later, Muhammad was to establish still another great religion in this desert crucible and the three, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, have since been inextricably intertwined. The Jews chafed under the Romans and the various "kings of the Jews" named by the Ro- 'mans. Three times they rebelled and three times were nearly able to throw off the massive yoke of Imperial Rome. Finally, in the year 135 A.D., the forces of General bar Kochba sur- rendered and the Jews who could not escape were slaughtered. For 1900 years Palestine was conquered and reconquered by Persians, Byzan- tines, Turks, Crusaders and the British Empire. But not by the Jews who, though scattered throughout the civilized world, kept alive their .traditions and their dream: to return to the Promised Land. NEXT; "Next Year in Censor's job not wanted TORONTO (CP) Federal Revenue Minister Robert Tuefduy, May 8, 1973 Stanbury says he doesn't like being Canada's chief censor and is trying to get rid of the job. The minister was speaking at a weekend meeting of the In- stitute of Professional Librar- ians of Ontario of a section of the law which makes the cus- toms and excise branch respon- sible for preventing the import of anything "of a treasonable or THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD 9 seditious, or of an Immoral or an indecent character." He said that when he took over the ministry one of the first things he did was inquire how he and his deputy could "most quickly relieve ourselves of the unearned, undeserved and unwanted label of chief censors." was a very long day MANUFACTURED IN LETHBRIDGE LONDON (AP) A giant storm on the sun last year prob- ably slowed the spinning of the earth for one rather long day, two scientists reported Satur- day. And they believe they know the date it happened. The two scientists, Dr. Stephen Plageman of the God- dard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Md., and Dr. John Gribben an astronomer em- ployed by the British science magazine Nature, reached their conclusions after studying the biggest solar storm ever recorded, which occurred Aug. 4, 1972. They sought to discover if there was truth in a theory held by some astronomers that the sun's activity directly affects the length of the day on earth. In the current edition of Na- ture, the two scientists say they examined informatoin supplied by the United States Naval Ob- servatory for signs of change in the length of days after the storm erupted. They discovered that four days daily increase in tile length of the day was 10 times greater than would have been expected at that time of year. The length of day on any planet is governed by the time it takes to complete one full ro- tation. The faster it rotates, the shorter the day. So the earth must have slowed slightly. After a few days, however, the rotation rate settled back to the level it would normally have reached in the absence of the storm, the scientists report. In the normal course of events the earth's rotation rate can vary by as much as several milliseconds in a decade. Some- times it speeds up; sometimes it slows down. But over-all, sci- entists have established that it is slowing down by a thousandth of a second a cen- tury. 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