Things to Thank the Maccabees For

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  1. I appreciate your ideas on the cognitive dimensions of Jewish vs. Hellenic thought. I have had similar ideas. But your connection of “polite” to “polish” is strange to me. I have always thought that it comes from “polis”, city. One is polite in a society of civilized people. Polish could also be related to polis in that you polish civilized artifacts used in civilized society.

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