What are your observations of the diorama pictured below?
Washington is known to jump into icy rivers to swim his horse across instead of waiting for a ferry and without waiting for daylight. In the wilderness, he had the soldiers in his charge build a little round fort. They named it Fort Necessity, and it was the scene of terrible consequences for the British in their fight against the French.
Pictured below is a diorama on display in the interactive education center at Mount Vernon (Washington's famous property). In the diorama it's pretty easy to see how the fort is downhill from the surrounding countryside. The soldiers are packed into the stockade and spilling out behind earthen embankments, while the French and their native allies lie hidden and camouflaged in the trees.
The diorama above is quite revealing as to which side has the advantage, and yet George Washington chose Fort Necessity to be the headquarters for his wilderness campaigns. Washington must have learned a lot about how not to wage warfare through the events at Fort Necessity.
In fact, Washington's frustration and disgust with that event, coupled with his impatience and impulsivity, may have led him into a French trap. It was shortly after the event at Fort Necessity, that George Washington was tricked into signing a complete surrender to the French. He should have paused. Not only did he not understand the French language, but his poor interpreter was no help to him.
As a result, on July 3, 1754, George Washington signed the Articles of Capitulation. In so doing, unknowingly confessed to the assassination of Jumonville. The entire series of events is said to have "set the world on fire".
History Has Its Eyes on You
Do you wonder if these events haunted George Washington for the rest of his life? Lyn-Manuel Miranda wrote the following for his Washington character to perform in the hit show, Hamilton. In the show, which takes place later, during the Revolutionary War, Washington still remembers the mistakes he made so many years earlier.
Our focus for this study hinges on answering these two big questions. The goal is to get closer to the answers each week in our class.
Is the Bible accurate and dependable?
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Should faith alone be enough to drive you to drive you to your knees? Is "blind" faith a stronger kind of faith? If so, then why did God provide so much evidence?
The most important materials in the establishing of a text are those that are found in the original language of the text.
We would, of course, expect the original text of the Old Testament to come to us in Hebrew, but in the next portion of the book, ancient translations will include the languages of Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. Discussion follows these forms and translations:
We'll hit the highlights of each of these in our class, some of which we will supplement with the materials that follow.
Says the text:
The Samaritan Pentateuch is not a translation but is a form of the Hebrew text itself.
It is considered "one of the most important Bible translations ever made". The Septuagint is the translation of Old Testament Hebrew into Greek, and it takes up the majority of this chapter of the book.
Lightfoot's summary includes this:
The ancient versions of the Old Testament, because they are translations, must always be considered secondary witnesses to the text.
We contend that the Bible and everything it contains is supported by:
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