A Study of Western Civilization, Part 1

Western civilization began in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome in 800 BC. It also includes Ancient Israel and Christianity. For that reason, we will begin our study with the beginning as told in Genesis. At this time, we are not going to look into about controversial details that we don’t understand, but just read the text it is. My favorite source is the New King James Bible, which can be accessed through Bible Gateway. We are also going to use Read Scripture, from The Bible Project.


Merry Christmas!

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

~~ Luke 2:8-14, New King James Version

Northern Highbush Blueberry

Northern Highbush Blueberry

Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Vaccinium
Species: V. corymbosum

Vaccinium corymbosum, L. 1753

Vaccinium corymbosum is a deciduous shrub growing 2 to 4 m tall and wide. The dark glossy green leaves are elliptical and up to 5 cm long. In autumn, the leaves turn to a brilliant red, orange, yellow, and/or purple. The flowers are long bell-shaped white to very light pink, and about 8 mm long. They need honey bees, bumble bees, or other wild bees to be effectively pollinated for the best fruit set. The fruit is a blue berry, 6 to 12 mm in diameter.  Vaccinium corymbosum is found in wooded or open areas with moist acidic soils, from eastern Canada and United States to the southern United States.

Source: Wikipedia – Vaccinium corymbosum

Source: Missouri Botanical Garden – Vaccinium corymbosum

Source: Pollinators.ca – Bluberries

Source: British Columbia Agriculture – Highbush Bluberry Varieties