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Religion… What’s a Bible Thumper?

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Before I chastise anyone for being a “Bible Thumper,” I should at least confess to having been one. Not that I’ve ever been overtly religious but somehow as a child I became fond of “the good book.” Today two copies of it sit beside my desk because I refer to it regularly for ancient history, genealogical research and inspiration.

My father was born and raised in the south and the religion of his family was Baptist. As a child and teenager he attended (quite fondly), what my mother called “revivals.” I have not been to a good old-fashioned southern revival. Out west where I live, revivals have been recycled into rock music festivals where free-spirited people gather in natural settings and occasionally mention the “L” word (LORD) in their songs.

What’s a “Bible Thumper?” It is someone who is constantly preaching about anything and everything and relating it to the Bible. They believe that the Bible is perfect and that we should all live by its words. As I grew into adulthood and listened to scholars, I began to understand the importance of the Bible as an anthology. If it were music, it would be an album. Let’s say the Bible album held twelve songs. Those songs were written by different people and collected at different times. The Bible is very diverse and regularly contradicts itself.

Do I believe in God? Yes I do. Very much, and it brings me great joy. But as I get older, the more I simplify my spiritual beliefs the more joy I experience. I guess I just rejoice in all that is beautiful. I believe that was what Jesus was trying to say. We are all the sons and daughters of God and for that, we should rejoice. Jesus warned us not to worship him. He was like a parent telling his children to go into the world and accept their inheritance… the joy of being the children of God.

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Genealogy: Am I Related to Someone Famous?

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How can we make connections going back hundreds of years when trying to find our ancestors? Especially when they have abandoned their original religion and culture, moved across the seas and started new lives. For many of us, our ancestors have really changed. They have changed so much that we don’t recognize them or refuse to because their lives and belief systems are so foreign. Occasionally, a genealogist will find the same profession or brilliance running in the family tree for hundreds of years. There are people who share the same surname as a great musician or mathematician but can’t make any connection to that person other than the surname. The links are lost to the ages. But keep trying. Read all you can about that famous person and make a timeline. Over the years as you find more information, fill in the timeline. Someday you might find some little piece of historical evidence that proves to you that your own musical genius just happens to run in the family tree.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Religion and Genealogy: What’s A Crypto-Jew?

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A Crypto Jew is someone who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith. There was a lot of fear about being a Jew in Europe during the 14th, 15th, 16th century and in the 1700s, in North America, Jews were expelled from the Louisiana Territory. In Europe, when the Spanish monarchy decided they wanted a united Catholic Spain, obviously for wealth and power, Jews were forced to be cryptic about their religion. It was either that or be deported, without most of your possessions, because being a “Judaizer” meant one forfeited their wealth, or a sentence of death was handed down for their “Judaizing” and not by humane means.

Today, there’s a new movement afoot and it’s growing in popularity, especially in the Southwest. People who discover their ancestors were Jewish are returning to their roots. Although it’s popular in Catholic Latino populations, it isn’t isolated to this group. There are folks of all persuasions pleased to discover who their ancestors were and to learn the religion of the ancients.

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What Does Prodigal Mean? As in Prodigal Son…

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Prodigal means given to reckless extravagance, characterized by wasteful expenditure, lavish, squandering. The story in the bible about the prodigal son was one of welcome. The father welcomed his son home, even though he had squandered his wealth. The father saw the son as being alive again. This popular parable is attributed to Jesus.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Genealogy: Have the Name Isaac in Your Family Tree?

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Isaac is a Hebrew name that originally meant “laughter.” Isaac holds a special place in Jewish history, as it is from him that in the Book of Genesis, the “Chosen People” descend. His father and mother were Abraham and Sarah, his wife was Rebecca and his son was Jacob. So, in Jewish history, Isaac was a big deal and so were his family.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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What Was the Golden Calf?

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For over 7,000 years there was a Bull Cult religion practiced throughout the ancient world. The Hebrews though had other ideas in mind and came up with monotheism, and brought to the world, the belief in worshipping one god. There was a point in Hebrew biblical history where the Hebrews made a golden calf fashioned after the Egyptian’s bull, which may have represented the Bull Cult, but Moses wasn’t too happy about the golden calf when he came down the mountain with the Ten Commandments. The rest is history.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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What Does Gospel Mean?

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The word gospel derives from the Anglo-Saxon words, God, Good, Spell. When someone preaches the gospel it refers to the teachings of Jesus, especially the four books of the New Testament in the bible, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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