According to the Hebrew Bible, Moses was an important prophet who liberated God's chosen people from captivity, gave to them God's law (also called the Law of Moses), and led them toward a "promised land" set apart for their use. He is an important figure in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish religious history, appearing in the Quran as well as the Hebrew Bible. The book of Exodus records that God commanded Moses, son of Amram, to deliver the Israelites, who had been enslaved in Egypt. He led the T

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Common in Buddhism, images of the lotus generally symbolize purity.  Normally, the lotus plant grows deep in the mud at the bottom of lakes and ponds, but the bud and petals of the lotus flower rise to blossom above the water, suggesting an escape from impurity.  In addition to symbolizing purity, the lotus may also represent individual practitioners of Buddhism who are of the world but are no longer burdened by the sufferings of this lifetime.  This gave rise to the widespread u

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Konark Sun Temple

Entrance to the Konark Sun Temple in Konark, India. Popularly known as the Sun Temple, this enormous temple dedicated to Surya, the god of the sun, was built in the mid-13th century CE. The name Konark refers to the "angle of the sun." The temple was also referred to as the "Black Pagoda" due to its appearance as a black mass when viewed from the sea. It was most likely constructed by the order of King Narasimhadeva I (r. 1238-1264). It represents the apex of North Indian—more specifical

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The Nihon Shoki

The Nihon Shoki

The Nihon Shoki (infrequently referred to as the Nihongi ) is a thirty-chapter chronicle of Japanese mythological and historical narrative presented to the imperial court in 720 CE, only eight years after its predecessor, the Kojiki . Like the Kojiki , it chronicles the history of Japan from the earliest times up through 697 CE. About four times longer than the Kojiki , the Nihon Shoki seems to have been the result of a much longer compilation process, and in all likelihood involved tea

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Conversion of Paul

Various artists have depicted the conversion of the apostle Paul, an event recorded in the New Testament in Acts 9:1-22, but two of the most famous representations are paintings by the Italian artist Caravaggio. Michelangelo Merisi (1571–1610), known as Caravaggio after his hometown near Milan, Italy, was commissioned by Monsignor Tiberio Cerasi to paint the conversion scene in 1600 for a chapel Cerasi had recently purchased. Caravaggio's first depiction, referred to as The Conversion of St. Pa

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