Sunday, October 26, 2014

Philatelic Historian on Drugs (PHD)

These 2 quotations (with numerous typos corrected so as not to interrupt the humorous aspect of what was written) came from customized placards currently for sale on eBay:

"The ‘Flying Scroll’ which is portrayed on all five stamps of this set leads us back deep into the history of Israel. It was the seal of the pious King Josiah of Judaea (644-608 B.C.) under whose successful reign the fifth Book of Moses (Deuteronomy) was discovered in the Temple of Jerusalem. ... The Jewish nation was under the sovereignty of a benevolent conqueror, Emperor Darius I (King of Persia, 521-486 B.C.). Darius waived tribute, ordering taxes collected among the Jews to be used in the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem. An unknown potter during the reign of Ziph, a contemporary king of Judea, remembered Zechariah’s vision and used the flying roll as his mark in making vessels for the collection of taxes on wines and oils. The design on the stamps was taken from fragments of pottery and ancient woodcarvings found in an excavated temple in Trans-Jordan."

Can't help but wonder if this philatelist graduated from Tel Aviv University with honors...

G.M. Grena

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