Paradox of Power: How the Weak Prevail Against the Strong


Historical Horizons

by Bert de Vries.

The restoration of  a corner ceiling molding in a early Byzantine period house at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan. The restoration of a corner ceiling molding in a early Byzantine period house at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan, April 28, 2014.

Much of my career as historian-archaeologist has been focused on the question of how overpowered populations and culture groups – the conquered, the occupied, the colonized, the enslaved – coped, and how a historian could know that. This interest was actually shaped by my own experience as a child in occupied Holland during WWII. Even at age five, I understood that we unarmed civilians had no power against the gun-wielding soldiers occupying our town. But I also learned that we were not powerless. Of course, we did not have the power of brute force, but we had the power brought by a passive but resistant dignity that came in many hardly noticeable ways; for example, the way my parents ridiculed the quisling local policeman who came…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.
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