Saturday, 6 December 2008

funeral service for the late bishop julius paul

Demise of The Rt Rev Julius Danaraj Paul

from STM's website:

Details of the accident is mentioned in the following attached files:

We at STM would like to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy and condolence to the family of the late Bishop Julius Paul.

The Rt Rev Julius Danaraj Paul, the Bishop of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia (ELCM), is the longest serving STM Council member and is currently the President of the STM Council. He was instrumental in the establishment of STM. The contributions he made all these years are numerous and invaluable. Certainly, his demise is a great loss to us at STM for he is a very dear and wonderful friend.

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friends would remembered the recent passing away of the late bishop julius paul of the evangelical lutheran church of malaysia in a tragic boat accident in guatemela.

the funeral service is on tuesday 9th dec at 4pm in the zion cathedral brickfields kl. the body is being flown in on tuesday morning.

the reb first met the late bishop when the reb was still studying in stm in the early 80's. julius had just returned from switzerland where he had worked. upon his return, he was assigned to pastor the lutheran church in sentul. the reb and classmates played football with julius in stm grounds as he frequently joined us during games time. we would call out to him, 'julius, pass the ball!'


Update: 18/12/2008

The thanksgiving service for the late Bishop Julius Paul will be held at 7.30PM on Tuesday, 23RD DECEMBER AT ZION CATHEDRAL, JALAN SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD, 50470 KUALA LUMPUR, FOLLOWED BY DINNER AT ZION HALL

Thursday, 4 December 2008

on Khirbet Qeiyafa

"David and Goliath" City Found in Israel?
Mati Milstein in Tel Aviv

for National Geographic News
November 21, 2008

The remains of an ancient gate have pinpointed the location of the biblical city Sha'arayim, say archaeologists working in Israel.

In the Bible young David, a future king, is described as battling Goliath in the Elah Valley near Sha'arayim.

The fortified gate at the Elah Fortress—the second to be found at the site—proves the existence of Sha'arayim, which means "two gates" in Hebrew, said Hebrew University archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel.

"All the sites from this period uncovered so far had only one gate. We have two gates and this is very unusual," Garfinkel said.

The gate, constructed of stones weighing up to ten tons, is located on the site's eastern side, facing Jerusalem.

Evidence of King David

The discovery is the second recent find to be made at the Elah Fortress—known as Khirbet Qeiyafa in Arabic—which is located near the present-day Israeli city of Bet Shemesh.
In October, Garfinkel revealed a 3,000-year-old pottery shard with text believed to be Hebrew—then hailed as the most important archaeological discovery in Israel since the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Initial carbon-14 dating of olive pits found at the site, as well as analysis of pottery remains, placed the text to between 1000 and 975 B.C.—the time King David would have lived.

read the rest of the article in the link below:

for more pictures of Khirbet Qeiyafa, i have a pdf file presented by Garfinkel available for anyone interested.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

more on the ISA why it should go

is the ISA a preventive or pre-emptive law? najib today in the newspapers claims that the ISA has helped to prevent terrorism in malaysia and so the government has to retain it for our good. if not, a mumbai scenario can happen in malaysia. now, is there any proof to this, najib?

go and hear the video recording of raja petra at the anti-ISA forum at the bar council last nite where he debunk this myth:

in the same page, see the video on the pro-ISA protestors outside the bar council building and hear their view.

back to work, back to thesis writing

after a brief weekend in kampar to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday with a family lunch, it is back to seremban, back to work, and back to thesis writing. there is a constant reminder from all around to get the thesis done before the new semester begins, before the work of teaching and academic administration pile up. sometimes this is easier said than done with constant interruptions and admin work calling.... maybe got to hide somewhere inaccesible with only my thesis work.

this sunday got to go to penang with my children. markus is one of the 8 representatives for malaysia in the world youth scrabble competition to be held in city bayview hotel from 8-11th dec 2008. maybe that enforced break will give some space to do some editing work on the thesis. but penang is tempting for food....?