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   A tendency in biblical studies is too see how “old writings” may have copied motifs, themes, and patterns from still older writings.

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   Here’s a modern piece of modern history that seems like it just had to be based on a previous event. Is an outside hand sending a message?

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   Comparing the lives and assassinations of

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Abraham Lincoln  with  John F. Kennedy

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(1)   Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.  John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

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[For 11 more--we gotta have 12--striking similarities between the two men, use the DOOR.]

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   (2)   Abe Lincoln was elected President in 1860. JFK was elected President in 1960.

   (3)   Lincoln and Kennedy each have 7 letters.

   (4)   Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy;  Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln.

   (5)   Both were married in their 30′s to 24-year-old, socially prominent girls who could speak French.

   (6)   Both presidents dealt with civil rights movements for African Americans.

   (7)   Both presidents were assassinated in the back of the head, while sitting next to their wives, on a Friday before a major holiday.

   (8)   Both of their assassins were known by 3 names consisting of 15 letters (John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald).

   (9)   Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was captured in a theater; Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and was captured in a warehouse.

  (10)   Both assassins were shot and killed with a Colt revolver days after they assassinated the president, before they could be brought to trial.

  (11)   Both presidents were succeeded by vice presidents named “Johnson”; both Johnsons were from the South, born in 1808 and 1908 respectively.

  (12)   Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater; Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln made by Ford Motors².

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   One has to be careful to read too much into surprising similarities and coincidences so as to not declare or suggest cause-and-effect where probably none exists. A searching of the Internet for such lists such as this one can be a fascinating way to expose the falseness tantalizing coincidences.

   Let me risk a big generalization for scientists and Bible scholars: Highly trained specialists with a bevy of big words [technical jargon] can accurately label information they’re familiar with, while overwhelming ordinary ears: take the use of “evolution” (science), “higher critical theory“(Bible/ lit), or even “motif ” (Bible/lit and science³). We’re not going into any of that here. From worlds that regularly use words like these, specialists can declare connections and draw conclusions that the man on the street can find hard to challenge. (We’ll mention that again in our next post.)

   The Lincoln/Kennedy similarities is a great activity for homeschooling.

   ♠ True science and genuine historical research has to look at the big picture. In other words, is there any evidence that contradicts surprising things that have occurred–and may still do.

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   ¹ From Man, Myth, Messiah (Nelson, 2016) By Rice Broocks (earlier from Alan Andersen, “The alleged Parallels Between Jesus and Pagan Gods.” Examiner.com/article/the-alleged-parallels-between-jesus-and-pagan-gods). This is for the first 11 (above)

   ² This was extracted from Wikipedia. There are perhaps two or three more dozen parallels that can be found on the Internet, as well as challenges to some of the declarations. And if one doesn’t mind leaping toward similarities and ignoring differences, the list goes on and on. For example, the first name of the doctors who attended both wounded presidents was “Charles;  the last names were quite different.

   ³ Biochemistry uses “motif” to describe a specific 3D dimensional sequence on proteins and DNA that allows binding interactions to occur.