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UNITY IN MARRIAGE

“Couples who pray together each day are rarely separated or divided. They are joined one to the other with God as the glue, pressed and fastened together by the Lord’s loving arms.” – Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)
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Praying couples are rarely separated

ANGEL OF ANTIOCH COVER ART BY ILYA REPIN AND SINGER SARGENT

Cover art for “THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH” by Daniel Molyneux is by John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925), the famous American artist. It is an oil-on-canvas painting of the Prophet Hosea.

The cover art for “ELIAS’ PROVERBS” (shown below) is an oil-on-canvas painting titled, “Jesus Christ” by the renowned 19th century Russian artist Ilya Repin (1844 – 1930).

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Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch), by Daniel Molyneux

AN UNWANTED FISH

“Catching an unwanted species of fish, is like obtaining an undesirable job. It may not be what you hoped for; but it will feed your family, nonetheless.” – Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

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An unwanted fish

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SMALL FISH

“Small trout from a stream are tastier than large fish from the lake. Better to enjoy the smaller and more satisfying pleasures of life, than to possess great riches and fame.” – Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

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small fish, Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

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FISHING

“Be careful where you spend your time and efforts in life. If there are no fish in the pond, it does not matter how well you fish.” Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

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Daniel Molyneux, The Angel of Antioch
Are there fish in the pond?

FAMILY LOANS

“Do not loan money to family or friends. If their cause is just and the need valid, freely give your riches as a gift. But do not bind loved ones to you with chains of debt or obligation.” Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

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Daniel Molyneux, The Angel of Antioch
Family loans can be like chains.

A LOVING SPOUSE

“My son, speak often to your wife. Frequently express your great love for her. Kiss her often. Lovingly hug and touch her at every opportunity. In doing, so you will create a satisfied spouse.” – Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

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Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

THE TRUE COST

“An object’s price is obvious to all; but its long-term cost is a secret whispered only into the ear of the wise.” – Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

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The Angel of Antioch, by Daniel Molyneux

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CRITICISM

“Criticizing your mate is the quickest and surest path to a bad marriage.” – Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)

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ANTIOCH: World’s Third Largest City, by Daniel Molyneux

The Angel of Antioch, by Daniel Molyneux
Antioch was the 3rd largest city in the world having a population of 500,000 people.

At its peak, Antioch was the capital of the Seleucid Empire and was the third largest city in the world, having a population of 500,000 souls.

Greek culture dominated, including its polytheistic religion worshipping Zeus as “king of the gods.” Tyche, the mistress of fortune and luck, was Antioch’s patron goddess.

Antiochean Jews did not live in a separate neighborhood or ghetto, but dwelled alongside their gentile neighbors, mingling with them to a greater degree than in any other city, actively seeking converts among the Greeks. Language was not an obstacle, because all prayer, worship and even the study of Jewish Scripture was done in Greek, not Aramaic or Hebrew.

Although few gentiles submitted to circumcision or fully obeyed the Torah’s dietary rules, nonetheless many worshipped Yahweh, were allowed entrance into the Great House and other synagogues, and were respectfully called “God-fearers” by their Jewish friends (Greek – phoboumenoi ton Theon). This gave the Archon and Council of Elders added political influence with the Emperor.

Circumstances began to deteriorate for the Jews when Antiochus Epiphanes (Antiochus IV) became emperor. A fierce advocate of Greek culture, he viewed Jewish religion to be barbaric and incompatible with “civilized” Hellenic society.

Epiphanes came to power in 175 BC. Seven years after taking the throne, Antiochus desecrated the Jerusalem Temple by placing a statue of Zeus in the Holy of Holies and sacrificing pigs upon the Temple’s altar. The Emperor abolished Jewish worship, the observance of Sabbaths and festivals, outlawed circumcision and destroyed copies of the Scriptures.

Epiphanes forced Jews to worship Zeus and to eat pork that had been sacrificed to the idol. Those refusing were executed. Anyone who circumcised their newborn son was killed, along with the child.

The Angel of Antioch takes place during Antiochus Epiphanes’ reign – 1100 years after the Prophet Moses and 200 years before the crucifixion of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Christ).

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