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Ezra

Ezra called Ezra the Scribe and Ezra the Priest in the Book of Ezra, was a Jewish scribe and priest. In Greco-Latin Ezra is called Esdras. According to the Hebrew Bible he was a descendant of Sraya the last High Priest to serve in the First Temple, a close relative of Joshua the first High Priest of the Second Temple, he reintroduced the Torah in Jerusalem. According to 1 Esdras, a Greek translation of the Book of Ezra still in use in Eastern Orthodoxy, he was a High Priest. Rabbinic tradition holds. Several traditions have developed over his place of burial. One tradition says that he is buried in al-Uzayr near Basra, while another tradition alleges that he is buried in Tadif near Aleppo, in northern Syria, his name may be an abbreviation of עזריהו Azaryahu, "Yah helps". In the Greek Septuagint the name is rendered Ésdrās; the Book of Ezra describes how he led a group of Judean exiles living in Babylon to their home city of Jerusalem where he is said to have enforced observance of the Torah. He was described as exhorting the Israelite people to be sure to follow the Torah Law so as not to intermarry with people of particular different religions, a set of commandments described in the Pentateuch.

Ezra, known as "Ezra the scribe" in Chazalic literature, is a respected figure in Judaism. The canonical Book of Ezra and Book of Nehemiah are the oldest sources for the activity of Ezra, whereas many of the other books ascribed to Ezra are literary works dependent on the canonical books of Ezra and Nehemiah; the book of Ezra–Nehemiah was always written as one scroll. In late medieval Christian bibles, the single book was divided as First and Second Ezra. Modern Hebrew Bibles call the two books Nehemiah, as do other modern Bible translations. A few parts of the Book of Ezra were written in Aramaic, the majority in Hebrew, Ezra himself being skilled in both languages. Ezra was living in Babylon when in the seventh year of Artaxerxes I, king of Persia, the king sent him to Jerusalem to teach the laws of God to any who did not know them. Ezra led a large body of exiles back to Jerusalem, where he discovered that Jewish men had been marrying non-Jewish women, he tore his garments in despair and confessed the sins of Israel before God braved the opposition of some of his own countrymen to purify the community by enforcing the dissolution of the sinful marriages.

Some years Artaxerxes sent Nehemiah to Jerusalem as governor with the task of rebuilding the city walls. Once this task was completed Nehemiah had Ezra read the Law of Moses to the assembled Israelites, the people and priests entered into a covenant to keep the law and separate themselves from all other peoples. 1 Esdras from the late 2nd/early 1st centuries BCE, preserves a Greek text of Ezra and a part of Nehemiah distinctly different from that of Ezra–Nehemiah – in particular it eliminates Nehemiah from the story and gives some of his deeds to Ezra, as well as telling events in a different order. Scholars are divided on whether it is based on Ezra–Nehemiah, or reflects an earlier literary stage before the combination of Ezra and Nehemiah accounts; the first-century Jewish historian Josephus deals with Ezra in his Antiquities of the Jews. He uses the name Xerxes for Artaxerxes I reserving the name Artaxerxes for the Artaxerxes II whom he identifies as the Ahasuerus of Esther, thus placing Ezra before the events of the book of Esther.

Josephus's account of the deeds of Ezra derives from 1 Esdras, which he cites as the'Book of Ezra' in his numeration of the Hebrew bible. Contrariwise, Josephus does not appear to recognise Ezra-Nehemiah as a biblical book, does not quote from it, relies on other traditions in his account of the deeds of Nehemiah; the apocalyptic fourth book of Ezra was written c. CE 100 in Hebrew-Aramaic, but now survives in Latin and Ethiopic, it was one of the most important sources for Jewish theology at the end of the 1st century. In this book, Ezra has a seven part prophetic revelation, converses with an angel of God three times and has four visions. Ezra, thirty years into the Babylonian Exile, recounts the siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of Solomon's Temple; this would place these revelations in the year 557 BCE, a full century before the date given in the canonical Ezra. The central theological themes are "the question of theodicy, God's justness in the face of the triumph of the heathens over the pious, the course of world history in terms of the teaching of the four kingdoms, the function of the law, the eschatological judgment, the appearance on Earth of the heavenly Jerusalem, the Messianic Period, at the end of which the Messiah will die, the end of this world and the coming of the next, the Last Judgment."

Ezra restores the law, destroyed with the burning of the Temple in Jerusalem. He dictates another 70 for the wise alone. At the end, he is taken up to heaven like Elijah. Ezra is seen as a new Moses in this book. There is another work, thought to be influenced by this one, known as the Greek Apocalypse of Ezra. Traditionally Judaism credits Ezra with establishing the

Luca Marin

Luca Marin is a former Italian medley swimmer. He specialized in the 400 m medley, won ten medals at European and World Championships in this event. At the 2006 European Short Course Swimming Championships he won a gold medal, beating László Cseh, the world record holder. At the top of his career, he was trained by the Albanian coach Gjon Shyti, he participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens for Italy, reaching 10th place in the 400 m medley. At the 2008 Summer Olympics he finished in 5th place in the same event, 12th at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Luca Marin was engaged to Federica Pellegrini. Luca Marin on Italian Swimming Federation's website

William P. Hayes

William P. Hayes was an American lawyer and politician who served as the twenty seventh Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts. Hayes was born in Massachusetts on March 27, 1866 to John and Margaret Hayes. Hays was educated at the Springfield High Schools. Hayes attended Ottawa College in Ottawa, where he spent one year, Boston University School of Law, from which he graduated in 1889. Hayes was the Assistant City Assessor of Springfield in 1887 and 1888. Hayes was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar at Springfield, Massachusetts on November 12, 1889

Ranes Church

Ranes Church is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Surnadal Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located in the village of Ranes, just east of the municipal centre of Skei, it is one of the two churches for the Øye og Ranes parish, part of the Indre Nordmøre prosti in the Diocese of Møre. The white, wooden church was built in a long church style in 1869 by the architect Schmedling from the town of Molde; the church seats about 420 people. The earliest existing historical records of a church at Skei, just east of Ranes, date back to 1589, but at that time it contained articles dating back to the 1100s and 1200s, so it may have been quite old. At some point the church was moved about 2 kilometres to the east to Ranes; this old stave church existed at Ranes until around 1702. In 1702, a new church on the same site was completed, it was a large church. That church had a tile roof; the current church was completed in 1869. The altarpiece from the 1702 church is used in the present church.

List of churches in Møre og Romsdal

Ch√Ęteau de Castries

The Château de Castries is a château in Castries, Hérault, France. The estate has belonged to the House of Castries since 1465. In 1565, Jacques de Castries undertook the building of a new château; the garden was laid out by André Le Nôtre in 1666. The aqueduct, to water the garden, was built by Pierre-Paul Riquet; the main house was looted and damaged during the French Revolution of 1789 and was restored in 1828. In 1935, it was bought back by René de La Croix de Castries. In 1985, he donated the house to the Académie française, it is open to the public

Floyd West

Floyd West known as the Pied Piper, is a contemporary Reggae roots singer and songwriter from Jamaica. Born and raised in Portmore Saint Catherine, Floyd started music from an early age singing in a church choir, he was encouraged by his mother and sister who sang in the local choir. Floyd attended Bridge Port high school before transferring to Kingston technical, it was during his time in high school that Floyd discovered his love for music and drama, he won several awards at the Annual Jamaican Culture and Development Commission Festivals. After high school Floyd joined a band, known as the Gremlin Crew, he bounced around between several big studios such as Penthouse Records and Sly and Robbie where he found his mentor, Philip Linton and operator of Arrows Studio. Floyd tried his hand at several jobs before receiving a break in music. In 2000 he enrolled in the Jamaica Defense Force before leaving to continue his musical dream in 2005. Floyd's music is influenced by Jazz, Reggae and Dub. In 2010, Floyd recorded a single, entitled "Corruption", for a label by Jamaican producer Shane Brown.

In 2006, Floyd's debut album was released called Corruption. The single was responsible for his early popularity within Jamaica, followed by "Burning You Babylon" and "These Days". In January 2011, he released the music video for "Run Come", directed by Jamaican film director Mykal Cushnie. In December 2010, Floyd performed at Sting. Floyd is now a regular performer at Jamnesia, alongside other popular acts such as Protoje, Blu Grass, Raging Fire, No-Maddz, a group who appeared in a Puma advertisement. Albums 2006: CorruptionSingles 2006: "Corruption" 2006: "These Days" 2006: "Burning you Babylon" 2010: "Reasons" 2011: "Run Come" Official blog