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Would Jesus have Recognized “Live Long and Prosper”?

Live Long & ProsperEven if you didn’t watch Star Trek, you probably know what Mr. Spock’s Vulcan greeting, “Live Long and Prosper” looks like.

If you were a die-hard fan (like me) you might have heard that Leonard Nimoy was Jewish and invented it based on his recollection of synagogue services as a child.

It’s traditional for the men who have descended from priestly families to stand up at the end of the service and pray the Aaronic blessing over the congregation, as God tells the priests to do in Numbers 6:22-27:

 The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “‘The…

Deeper Magic: The Illogical Logic of Mercy

Do you remember the “deeper magic” of Narnia?

White WitchAt the climax of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the White Witch demands the life of Edmund because he is a traitor to his family. She says that the “deep magic” allows her to kill every traitor, because his life is forfeit for his sin.

Aslan, you likely remember, gives his life in the boy’s place but later rises from the dead. The reason, Aslan explains, was that,

…there is a magic deeper still which [the White Witch] did not know…that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death …