"Brit-Am Now"-689
1. Steven Collins: Clarification of Early Irish History
2. Alice:  The Medical Importance of Faith
3.  "nabal" means "bagpipe," and perhaps also "windbag"?

1. Steven Collins: Clarification of Early Irish History
From: Steve Collins <scollins@ll.net>
Subject: Re: "Brit-Am Now"-686
item #2. Francis H: The People of Ulster and History
Shalom Yair,

I think Francis H. misunderstood my posting. I was only discussing a few limited aspects of the Israelite migrations in my posting. The westward migration of a small group of refugees from the kingdom of Judah (Jeremiah, Baruch, the kings daughters, etc.) which, arguably, arrived in ancient Ireland was an entirely different subject than my commentary about modern European languages which descended from an earlier, common language spoken by the many tribes which were called "Germans" by the Romans. My point was that several Israelite tribes and some of their migrating non-Israelite, Semitic allies were once all called "Germans."

In no way did I mean to imply that the Scots or Gaels were Germanic in origin. The "Germans" were a mass of tribes who migrated into Europe via the Caucasus Mountains after Parthia fell in 227 A.D. (a regional place-name in the Parthian Empire was called "Kerman," "Carmania," or "Germanii," and the Romans used that term as a catch-all phrase to describe the migrating tribes which exited Parthia). The Scots, Gaels, Welch and their fellow Celts were also Israelite, but their arrival in Europe greatly predated the arrival of the Israelite tribes who once all spoke a "Germanic" language. My books document that the Celtic people descended from two groups: (A) Israelites who arrived as settlers, miners, traders, etc. in the British Isles and mainland Europe beginning in the glory days of King David and King Solomon's Phoenician/Israelite Empire, and (B) groups of refugees who escaped the Assyrian captivity by sailing in the extensive fleets of Phoenicia/Israel to the British Isles, Iberia (ancient Spain--named after "Eber," the namesake of the Hebrews), etc. The "Celtic" tribes arrived in the British Isles and Europe over a millennium before the "Germanic" tribes. Such groups arriving in the British Isles and ancient Ireland included the "Danaan" and the "Simonii" (elements of the tribes of Dan and Simeon). When the Danaan arrived in ancient Ireland (circa the time the kingdom of Israel fell) they fought a battle with the native Firbolgs which was named after a hill called "ben-levi." I think all Britam readers will recognize the obvious Hebrew origin of that name and that it includes the name of the tribe of Levi).

I hope this clarifies what my earlier posting was meant to address.

Steve Collins

2. Alice:  The Medical Importance of Faith
re Jerusalem News-431
#5. Biblical Faith is healthier
Thin is not a mitzvah for religious girls

This is not about weight but I have found faith can keep one from depression and associated disorders.  You know there is a purpose in the world, and that there is a force of evil that will attack us where we are vulnerable.  Also, many young people only see the world thru' how it affects them personally and faith, studying scripture opens their minds so that they see God is working with all people and they can start thinking outside of themselves.

From age 16 I had a glandular imbalance that caused depression among other things.  As I have studied and learned, I have overcome what the disease can do to me and look instead to God, knowing He knows I exist and nothing happens without a reason, His reason.  I have been free of depression for the last 20 years.  Faith leads to healthy thinking and a positive state of mind.

When bad things happen, some ask, "How could God do this to us?"  We should be seeing that He is working with us, developing us and every experience, trial and test is a learning factor.  We should look for the lesson and the growing instead of giving in to the "woe is me" state of mind.  We are not alone and God does care about us.  Like a good parent, He may not let us have our way all the time because He knows best.  Some lessons are very hard but thru' them we grow strong in faith.                               Alice

3.  "nabal" means "bagpipe," and perhaps also "windbag"?
From: Ted Dornan <t_dornan@earthlink.net>
Subject: RE: "Brit-Am Now"-688
To: Yair Davidiy <britam@netvision.net.il>

Yair Shalom!

Could it be, then, since "nabal" means "bagpipe," that Abigail inferred a
negative meaning, "windbag," when she hurried to see David on that occasion?

Ted Dornan