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Given below are the most viewed articles of this blog in 2012. All of them were written in a year other than 2012. Why is that? Search me. Although I might have some inkling on some of them. Here is how it boils down:

Attractions in 2012

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012.

Two favorite articles are about words. I believe people are always curious about words and where they come from, as witness the futon and hooliganism.

Another article is about the history of the Medjool date. People like things that seem exotic – even if it is just about a date.

The blog of February 2010 is about a painting on “The Execution of Lady Jane Grey” in the National Gallery in London, England. Now that DOES puzzle me.

A bronze mite, also known as a Lepton (meaning small), minted by Alexander Jannaeus, King of Judaea, 103 - 76 B.C. obverse: the blooming lotus scepter of ancient Egypt in circle, reverse: star of eight rays.

A bronze mite, also known as a Lepton (meaning small), minted by Alexander Jannaeus, King of Judaea, 103 – 76 B.C. obverse: the blooming lotus scepter of ancient Egypt in circle, reverse: star of eight rays.

Now, the fourth and final favorite is the Lesson of the Widow’s Mite. This is a powerful story related by Jesus, as illustrated in the Synoptic Gospels of Mark 12:41-44, and Luke 21:1-4.

This story is about tithing as practiced in the Holy Land during Christ’s lifetime. In it, Jesus relates how he was witnessing the donations made by rich men into the donation box at the synagogue. Jesus relates how a poor widow donates but two mites, the lowest coinage of the realm. But, Christ highlights how these two small coins are all the widow has to give, whereas the wealthy gave but a small sum relative to their great wealth. Because of this blog’s popularity I can only surmise people are very curious about what Christianity has to say about the rich and the poor. I may write more upon this subject at a later date.

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