For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and og the king of bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at edrei.
- One of the chief towns of the kingdom of Bashan (Josh. 12:4, 5). Here Og was defeated by the Israelites, and the strength of the Amorites broken (Num. 21:33-35). It subsequently belonged to Manasseh, for a short time apparently, and afterwards became the abode of banditti and outlaws (Josh. 13:31). It has been identified with the modern Edr’a, which stands on a rocky promontory on the southwest edge of the Lejah (the Argob of the Hebrews, and Trachonitis of the Greeks). The ruins of Edr’a are the most extensive in the Hauran. They are 3 miles in circumference. A number of the ancient houses still remain; the walls, roofs, and doors being all of stone. The wild region of which Edrei was the capital is thus described in its modern aspect:
“Elevated about 20 feet above the plain, it is a labyrinth of clefts and crevasses in the rock, formed by volcanic action; and owing to its impenetrable condition, it has become a refuge for outlaws and turbulent characters, who make it a sort of cave of Adullam… It is, in fact, an impregnable natural fortress, about 20 miles in length and 15 in breadth” (Porter’s Syria, etc.).Beneath this wonderful city there is also a subterranean city, hollowed out probably as a refuge for the population of the upper city in times of danger. (See BASHAN.)
- A town of Naphtali (Josh. 19:37)
The augur was a priest and official in the classical world, especiallyancient Rome and Etruria. His main role was to interpret the will of thegods by studying the flight of birds: whether they are flying in groups/alone, what noises they make as they fly, direction of flight and what kind of birds they are. This was known as “taking the auspices.” The ceremony and function of the augur was central to any major undertaking in Roman society—public or private—including matters of war, commerce, and religion.
The Roman historian Livy stresses the importance of the augurs: “Who does not know that this city was founded only after taking the auspices, that everything in war and in peace, at home and abroad, was done only after taking the auspices?”
Raised by Caesar’s influence to the offices of quaestor, augur, and tribune of the plebeians (50 BC)
The obverse is actually the standing figure of Antony in his augural robes on the left. On the reverse is the head of Sol.
Mark Antony, in the sacerdotal stole, and veiled, is standing to the right with the sacred lituus in his hand. This baculum augurale, or inflexed staff borne by the augurs, was the instrument with which they divided the expanse of heaven when viewed with reference to divination. It was borrowed by the Romans from the Etruscans, and they may have imported it from the east, for it greatly resembles the emblem in the head-dress of the Egyptian hierarchs. In the earliest times it seems to have symbolized power, and was used as a sceptre. So that with its regal and priestly attributes, it was assuredly as much the precursor of our episcopal croziers as was the shepherd’s crook.
Rev — III(um)VIR, R(ei)P(ublicae) C(onstituendae) CO(n)S(ul) DES(ignatus) ITER(um) ET TER(tium). The radiated head of Apollo as god of augury, and in allusion to Antony’s campaigns in the east. Numismatic antiquaries have suggested that this reverse refers to the vain-glory of Antony, in craving to be worshipped as Sol in the east. Borghesi considers the head itself to indicate the east, referring to the triumvir’s conquests there.
Surely it merely means that the
god Apollo presided over augury,
especially that derived ex coelo.
In 52 Antony held the office of quaestor, an office of financial administration that gave him a lifetime place in the Senate. In 50 he was elected to the politically influential priesthood of the augurs, defeating Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus.
(born Dec. 15, AD 37
Antium, Latium—died June 9, 68, Rome)
Roman emperor (54–68).
How in the world does Mark Antony
win the priesthood of the Augurs
defeating Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus
when he was dead already?
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
1 Corinthians 1:12
What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”;
“I follow Cephas ”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
1 Corinthians 3:22
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
I am come in my Father’s name,
and ye receive me not:
if another shall come in his own name,
him ye will receive.