Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

Timelines in Jewish History- a website resource

The timeline is quite good. It would be helpful to those serious about scholarship. This is  a useful tool for progressive Christians who want to see Jewish history in the context of other cultures and events. is  a new website. This is the web version of a Jewish history project I prepared a few years ago, “Timelines in Jewish History, 1000 BCE – 1925 CE, with Parallel Timelines in Relevant General History.”

The time span is divided into seven segments, with each segment containing a summary spreadsheet covering the period plus a brief narrative section. Each spreadsheet and narrative include the Jewish World and the land of Israel. The Christian World is added with the 0 – 500 CE and all subsequent segments. The Moslem World starts with the 500 CE – 1000 segment. In addition, all regions with significant Jewish populations, or countries that impact the Jewish populations, appear in the appropriate timelines and narrative sections.

I embarked on this project because of my dissatisfaction with conventional Jewish histories, particularly the lack of continuity between the major Jewish history set-pieces, and the spotty treatment (or no treatment) of events in general history which impacted the Jewish communities.

I would be most interested in comments by you or persons in your organization.


Richard Strauss



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