Jesus and Mary Magdalene

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INTRODUCTION

April 4, 2021 Gv 20,1-9 is read. It is about Mary of Magdala (Mary Magdalene) who discovers the empty tomb and informs the disciples about it. While the disciples went home after having seen the empty tomb, Mary remained at the tomb. She clearly shows embodiment of Christian devotion and love.
Jesus chooses Mary as his first 


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INDEX

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from www.vatican.va
Gospel texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Gv 20,1-9 says:

20:1 Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went early, while it was still dark, to the tomb, and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.
20:2 Therefore she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have laid him!”
20:3 Therefore Peter and the other disciple went out, and they went toward the tomb.
20:4 They both ran together. The other disciple outran Peter, and came to the tomb first.
20:5 Stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths lying, yet he didn’t enter in.
20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and entered into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying,
20:7 and the cloth that had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself.
20:8 So then the other disciple who came first to the tomb also entered in, and he saw and believed.
20:9 For as yet they didn’t know the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 

 

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The message

Pope Francis does not mention Mary in his Easter message but focuses on the Hope that Jesus gave us with his resurrection.

To understand the importance of Mary Magdalene, I think it is important to read what happened there after:
John 20.10-

20:10 So the disciples went away again to their own homes.
20:11 But Mary was standing outside at the tomb weeping.  So, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb,
20:12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
20:13They told her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have laid him.”
20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and didn’t know that it was Jesus.
20:15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him, “Rabboni!” which is to say, “Teacher!”
20:17 Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold me, for I haven’t yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene is mentioned in all Gospels.

John 19:25 But there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

20:1 Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went early, while it was still dark, to the tomb, and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.

The disciples went home (John 20:10) but Mary remained at the tomb.

Jesus appeared to her and talked with her.

John 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her.

Matthew 27:56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Matthew 27:61 Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. 

Matthew 28:1 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and

Mark 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid.

Mark 16:1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.

Mark 16:9 Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 

Luke 24:10 Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles. 

 

 

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conclusion

 


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Jesus riding on a donkey

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INTRODUCTION

February 7, 2021 Mc 14,1-15,47 is read.  While Catholic bishops sit on golden soft chairs with precious fabrics, Jesus rides on a donkey. 


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The Italian author Dario Fo, visited Göteborg, Sweden many years ago and shared the spoken part of  “Mistero Buffo”). The  story he told there,  was about two processions in Rome:

  • one led by a indignant  and proud Bishop with a golden ring, dressed in precious cloth;
  • and the second led by Jesus dressed in rags. 

These two processions met at a crossroad. I do not remember what happened there in Dario’s parody.

Jesus is coherent with his own teaching “the last will be first”. His message is “Be humble” and “do not brag.”.

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INDEX

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from www.vatican.va
Gospel texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mc 14,1-39 says:

14:1It was now two days before the feast of the Passover and the unleavened bread, and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might seize him by deception, and kill him.
14:2 For they said, “Not during the feast, because there might be a riot of the people.”
14:3 While he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster jar of ointment of pure nard—very costly. She broke the jar, and poured it over his head.
14:4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, saying, “Why has this ointment been wasted?
14:5 For this might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii,s and given to the poor.” They grumbled against her.
14:6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done good work for me.
14:7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want to, you can do them good; but you will not always have me.
14:8 She has done what she could. She has anointed my body beforehand for the burying.
14:9 Most certainly I tell you, wherever this Good News may be preached throughout the whole world, that which this woman has done will also be spoken of for a memorial of her.”
14:10 Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests, that he might deliver him to them.
14:11 They, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money. He sought how he might conveniently deliver him.
14:12 On the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the Passover, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare that you may eat the Passover?”
14:13 He sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city, and there you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him,
14:14 and wherever he enters in, tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’
14:15 He will himself show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Get ready for us there.”
14:16 His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found things as he had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.
14:17 When it was evening he came with the twelve.
14:18 As they sat and were eating, Jesus said, “Most certainly I tell you, one of you will betray me—he who eats with me.”
14:19 They began to be sorrowful, and to ask him one by one, “Surely not I?” And another said, “Surely not I?”
14:20 He answered them, “It is one of the twelve, he who dips with me in the dish.
14:21 For the Son of Man goes, even as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born.”
14:22 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had blessed, he broke it, and gave to them, and said, “Take, eat. This is my body.”
14:23 He took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them. They all drank of it.
14:24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many.
14:25 Most certainly I tell you, I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God.”
14:26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
14:27 Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’
14:28 However, after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”
14:29 But Peter said to him, “Although all will be offended, yet I will not.”
14:30 Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you, that you today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”
14:31 But he spoke all the more, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” They all said the same thing.
14:32 They came to a place which was named Gethsemane. He said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.”
14:33 He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be greatly troubled and distressed.
14:34 He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch.”
14:35 He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him.
14:36 He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire.”
14:37 He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn’t you watch one hour?
14:38 Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
14:39 Again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words.

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The message

Zechariah wrote: “Behold, your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious. He is humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.” (Zechariah 9:9) KJV. Read more at preachitteachit.org)

Jesus, like every Jew, knew Zechariah’s messianic prophecy.

You may say that Marc invented this story taking inspiration from Zechariah. But such a behaviour is totally coherent with Jesus’ spirit as I said in my introduction.

4:13 He sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city, and there you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, …

Like God sees everything, so did Jesus being,  in my opinion, totally entangled with God.

I was not surprised that the Pope did not mention this “miracle”.
But I was sorry he sis nor mention Jesus’  humbleness:

14:27 Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’

Zechariah 13:7 says: “When the shepherd is killed, the sheep are scattered.”

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conclusion

I found in this reading another example of Jesus Humility. Many Catholic clerks, especially Bishops and Popes, did not follow Jesus. They behaved like many Pharisees did at Jesus’ time. Luckily, pope Francis is however different. He as an example did not like people to kiss his hand and ring.


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Sourdough 30 210326

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Introduction

My main sourdough page is published at www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/sourdough_bread/

This is my sourdough bake 30. making a small loaf (350 gr flour)

Sourdough 29 became almost perfect. the only issue was that the bottom of the bread did not get a nice color and crunchiness. It was maybe because I put the loaf in a thick iron bucket that did not heat up enough.
So I followed the same procedure as with sourdough 29  but  with two modifications:

  1. I fermented and baked the loaf in a thinner aluminum bucket (for cakes) 
  2. I had a little shorter resting time in the fridge (7.5 hours)
  3. and a shorter fermenting time (about 1 hour 25 minutes) as I saw the loaf got a nice growth and elastic surface)

I did so as I did not want to be baking after midnight.

Time

I started on Thursday short after midnight (24.30) and finished the baking on Friday at about 23.10.

Method used

i followed again two sourdough bakers methods.
I followed  Tom’s stretch method ( stretch periods with 30 minutes rest in between) before the fridge acidification rest. 
After the rest in the fridge, I followed Alex´s edge folding and format method.

baking diary notes

This is not a professional recipe page.
These are my baking diary notes that help me remember what I did on the previous bake. 

  • Index

    • Introduction
      1. Waking up sourdough
      2. The levain floating test
      3. Making the dough
      4. Stretching with Tom’s method.
      5. Rest overnight in the fridge
      6. Edge folding with Alex´s method
        • Bottom top, left-right folding
      7. Fermentation rest in the bread basket
      8. Preparing for the bake
      9. Bake
    • Conclusion
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Baking log

My sourdough baking log
1. making levain = Waking up sourdough Thursday 24:30

  • 100 gr lukewarm Fontenoce water
  • 80 gr wheat flour Pratore 2
  • 20 gr farina integrale.
  • 1 tablespoon starter B

Rest (1) in fridge until Fri 5.40

Added 5 gr Italian” Lievito madre” that contains a lot of yeast cells.
I did this to make the levain grow faster.

At 6.40 I put the levain in the oven with the lamp on and a bowl with warm water. Alex´s method

8:50 (after  2 hours 10 min), doubled in size and

Alex´s levain floating test was passed. . Alex´s method

2. Create the dough. 
Fri 09.05
memo 1L:2W:3.5F

  • 100 gr levain
  • 200 gr lukewarm water
  • 350 gr Semolino Pratore flour
Rest 1.  Flour water absorbing 30 min
Fri 09.15
Work 2 – stretching/rests. Fri 09.45 Following Tom’s method.
Rest 2.
7.5 hours in closed bucket in in fridge.
Rest 3. 
Out of fridge Fri 19.10 to warm up 10 minutes.
Work 3. Edge folding Fri  19.20 Alex´s method

I prepared a Semolino flour and “Lievito madre” mix (90-10%). I know that this “Lievito madre” flour has lot of yeast cells in it.

I fliped the dow and sprinkledit iwht this mix. 
I made Edge stretching and a 30 minutes rest of the dough under cellophane.

Work 4. Fri 19.55 Last edge stretch and formating to get a good surface tension – Alex´s method with knife puwhings.
Rest 4 – fermentation – Fi 20.00

In thin aluminum bowl over warm pellet oven.
Heating meanwhile up oven to max temp.

Work 4. Baking preparation

Did  cut the dough.
Forgot to spinkle water at the baking start. Did it twise later.

 Rest 5. Baking 2ithout lid. Fri 21.25
out of oven Fri 23.10 (after 1 hour 45 minutes)

 

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Conclusion

Quality Vote
(1 =  bad ->5  = best)
Texture  3
Taste 5
Acidity  1

Very good texture, good taste but low acidity.

 

Sourdough 29 -210324

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Introduction

My main sourdough page is published at www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/sourdough_bread/

This is my sourdough bake 29. making a small loaf (350 gr flour)

This time I try to follow Tom’s stretch method ( stretch periods with 30mnutes rest in between). I do this to see if this helps me get more acidity.

Time

I started Wed  05:30 and ended Thursday at 11:30.

baking diary notes

This is not a professional recipe page.
These are my baking diary notes that help me remember what I did on the previous bake. 

N.B. Now I write how I did. if you want, compare with Alex’s method in his video.

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  • Index

    • Introduction
      1. Waking up sourdough
      2. The levain floating test
      3. Making the dough
      4. Stretching with Tom’s method.
      5. Rest overnight in the fridge
      6. Edge folding with Alex´s method
        • Bottom top, left-right folding
      7. Fermentation rest in the bread basket
      8. Preparing for the bake
      9. Bake
    • Conclusion
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Baking log

 

The method used this time.  Alex´s method

Rest. (total 790 min= 13.2 hours)

Tom’s method

Rest. (total 815 min= 13.6 hours)

1. Waking up sourdough Wed 5:30

  • 100 gr lukewarm Fontenoce water
  • 100 gr wheat flour “Semola Mulino Pratore
  • 1 tablespoon starter B
    To get a warmer oven I put in a bowl with hot water.

12:00 (after 10 hours! ), doubled in size and

The levain floating test – passes Wed 17.30

   Rest 1 (with levain)
2. Create the dough. 
Wed 17.30
memo 1L:2W:3.5F

  • 100 gr levain
  • 200 gr lukewarm water
  • 350 gr Semola Mulino Pratore
Mnemonic proportions (Alex, 1l-2w-3f) With American King Arthur flour
Rest 1.  Water absorbing 45 min
Wed 17.40
Rest 1 (40 min)
(25-40 minutes)
Rest 2 (24-40 min)
Work 2 – stretching/rests. Wed 18.25 (1 hour 50 min)

Add 12 salt and a table spoon water
10 min with: turn. grab, turn, smash, pull, role)
4 Stretches from each side. (5 min each)

Rest 3 abcd (30 min each)
(Rest 3d = Rest 4)

(add salt solution before second stretch)
and 4 rests (30 min each)
2 hours with  4 stretches and 30 min pause after each except the last)
Salt added before second stretch.

Rest 4 in fridge Wed 20:15 (9 hours 15 min)

in the closed bucket in fridge.

  Rest 4
(overnight, 8 hours)

covered overnight 
Rest 3 Thu 05:30
Out of fridge and rest 10 min in room temp. 
 Rest 2
(4 hours in oven)
 
rest 5
(in room temp)
out 30 min before working 
Work 3a.  Edge stretch and fold  (Alex method) Thu 05:40
Rest 4 (30 min)
Format into 1 round loaf with Alex’ surface tension creation with knife pushes

Drop dough on unflowered table
flour it and flip it
Folding 1
Quick movements! Fold the Edges in the center 
until you get a rough ball.Rest 3
30 min
on table covered with cellophane

until pancake shape
Folding 2
Quick movements
Sprinkle the dough and flip it upside down

  1. Bottom to almost top
  2. Right to almost left
  3. Left to almost right.
  4. Top to bottom
  5. and bottom to top
  6. roll it up.
    Form into a loaf.

Final loaf shaping

 

Push the  loaf with knife in all directions.

Feel the surface tension

shape dough unto loaves

Rest 6: 25 min covered in warm place.

edge stretching

Form gently into loave.

Rest 4 – fermentation – Thu 09.00

 

I let it ferment in thin bake bowl for cakes.
heating up oven to max temp.

I choosed a thin bowl this time as the bowl I used last time takes time to heat up and I got a white bottom on my bread.
I also wants a lower bread as the previous bread was difficult to cut in slices. It was to high and to soft.

I put the bowl on my warm pellet oven to favour the yeast cells to produce carbon dioxide.

Rest overnight (8 hours)

Put loaf in  floured bucket.

Cover with handkerchief.

in the fridge

Rest 7: 1-2 hours in warm place

until Poke indentation stay there

Work 4. Baking preparation

Cut the dough.

out 2 hours before working or until elastic surface.

2 hours before using it or when dough  bounces back when gently poking it,

 

 

 Rest 5. Baking Thu 10.20 (1 hour 10 min)

35 min x 2 in 220 degrees C without lid in iron bowl

+ 10 min with grill to get better color

Oven at max temp. 

Brush away extra flour.

Dough into the hot bowl

Cut it

Spray water over–

Oven at max temp.

Brush away extra flour.

Brush away extra flour.

Cut it

  lower to 220 C.
35min
lower to 230 C.
Bake 20 min
Out of oven Thu 11.30 35 min Bake 20 min

 

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Conclusion

 

Quality Vote
(1 =  bad ->5  = best)
Look 4
(White below)
Texture  5
Taste 4
Acidity  4

Good taste and acidity. 

Charles Aznavour

Introduction

Charles Aznavour is a French-Armenian singer and composer (22 May 1924 – 1 October 2018). I like his voice and song texts. He died 2018, 9 year old. He rediscovered him in a episode (ep 3) of the Italian serie Lolita Lo Bosco.

here is a full album of “The Best of Charles Aznavour” in Youtube:

The lyrics of “Mourir d’ aimer”:

Francais Anglais
Les parois de ma vie sont lisses
Je m’y accroche mais je glisse
Lentement vers ma destinée
Mourir d’aimer
Tandis que le monde me juge
Je ne vois pour moi qu’un refuge
Toute issue m’étant condamnée
Mourir d’aimer
Mourir d’aimer
De plein gré s’enfoncer dans la nuit
Payer l’amour au prix de sa vie
Pécher contre le corps mais non contre l’esprit
Laissons le monde à ses problèmes
Les gens haineux face à eux-mêmes
Avec leurs petites idées
Mourir d’aimer
Puisque notre amour ne peut vivre
Mieux vaut en refermer le livre
Et plutôt que de le brûler
Mourir d’aimer
Partir en redressant la tête
Sortir vainqueur d’une défaite
Renverser toutes les données…
The walls of my life are smooth
I cling to them but I
slowly slide towards my destiny
Die to love
While the world judges me
I only see for myself a refuge
Any way out being condemned to me
Dying to love
Die to love
Willingly sink into the night
Pay for love at the cost of one’s life
Sin against the body but not against the spirit
Leave the world to its problems
Hateful people facing themselves
With their little ideas
Die to love
Since our love cannot live
Better to close the book
and rather than burn it
Die to love
Leaving with your head
upright Emerging victorious from a defeat
Reversing all the data …
 

Jesus about born anew and the Kingdom of God

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INTRODUCTION

March 11, 2021 John 3,14-21 is read at Catholic mass. It is the final part of Jesus’ dialog with Nicodemus. It support the Catholic church Maryann dogma  (that Jesus had no younger brothers). Johns is the “spiritual Gospel,” and it wielded a profound and lasting influence on the development of early Christian doctrine.” Read more in www.britannica.com

How could this secret night dialog end up in John 3? Nothing in the medieval apocryphal gospel Gospel_of_Nicodemus seeems to tell that Nicodemus himself wrote down this dialog.
It could however be Jesus’ disciple John, who shared this dialog to his followers so it finally came written down in John 3 about 100 CE.

I presume that parts of this dialog with time, have been completed with early church interpretations. I am thinking among others about the parts where Jesus exalt himself. That is not part of his teaching “The last will be first in the Kingdom of God” and “Don’t tell anyone” about his miracles. In The message section of this post, I will cut out those pieces so I can concentrate on what I consider to be true Kerygma of Jesus.

I will in this post look at the whole dialog between Nicodemus and John.

INDEX

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The texts

( N.B. The Bible texts are taken from www.vatican.va
Gospel texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

John 3,1-21 finishes book 2 with:

2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in his name, observing his signs which he did.
2:24 But Jesus didn’t trust himself to them, because he knew everyone,
2:25 and because he didn’t need for anyone to testify concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man.

The dialog with Nicodemus

3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
3:2 The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”
3:3 Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see the Kingdom of God.”
3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”
3:5 Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God!
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
3:7 Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’
3:8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
3:9 Nicodemus answered him, “How can these things be?”
3:10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and don’t understand these things?
3:11 Most certainly I tell you, we speak that which we know, and testify of that which we have seen, and you don’t receive our witness.
3:12 If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
3:13 No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.
3:14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
3:15 that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
3:17 For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.
3:18 He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
3:19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.
3:20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed.
3:21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”


3:22 After these things, Jesus came with his disciples into the land of Judea.

Footnotes

3:3 The word translated “anew” here and in John
3:7 (anothen) also means “again” and “from above”. 
3:8 The same Greek word (pneuma) means wind, breath, and spirit.

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The message

As mentioned in my introduction, I do not consider 3:13-18 to be part of Jesus’ true Kerygma so I omit these verses here.

“Nicodemus (/ˌnɪkəˈdməs/; Greek: Νικόδημοςtranslit. Nikódēmos) was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin mentioned in three places in the Gospel of John .” (Wiki )

Gospel about Nicodemus
3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
3:2 The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”

Kingdom of God/Heaven and “born anew”
3:3 Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see the Kingdom of God.”
3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”
3:5 Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God!
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
3:7 Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’

Comment:

The greek version 3:7 of “not be born anew” is “be born from above: gennēthēnai  γεννηθῇ (be born) anōthen ἄνωθεν  (from above)

 According to this verse, human can enter the Kingdom of God if you are “born from above”.

This part makes me wonder once again, what the Kingdom of God is. I dedicated many posts about this but with the help of John 3 and Jesus’ dialog with Nicodemus, I maybe have been given an “answer”.

“Born from above” could be what Eben Alexander and many other experienced with NDE? They had really special experiences, now studied at the University of Virginia.
NDE experiences challenges the idea that our consciousness, our minds are created by the brain”
Bruce Greyson, prof emeritus, Division at perceptual studies, Psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences.

This could mean that we will experience the Kingdom of God/Heaven when we die or end up in NDE.

3:8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Comment:
This text
is one of the many beautiful metaphors of Jesus. Maybe a metaphor of the talking of God and all those who are “born from above” (died and therefore  “born of the Spirit”

3:9 Nicodemus answered him, “How can these things be?”
3:10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and don’t understand these things?
3:11 Most certainly I tell you, we speak that which we know, and testify of that which we have seen, and you don’t receive our witness.
3:12 If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

Comment: People who had NDE knows and have seen what we do not see.

3:19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.
3:20 For everyone who does evil hates the light and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed.
3:21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”

Comment: Also the Quran tells about all the messengers who god sent and how these were treated.

Pope Francis talked today in Rome about the reading of John 3.

 

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conclusion

The reading today gave me a new perspective of NDE as being told about by Jesus with the words of γεννηθῇ  ἄνωθεν.

Maybe what Eben Alexander experienced, was the Kingdom of God or Heaven.


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Famous women

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INTRODUCTION

I saw a documentary in Swedish svtplay.se, about a famous Viking woman called Gudrid_Thorbjarnard I wanted to dedicate a page to this woman.

As I have written about other women on my site, I decided to add space to other famous women as well in this page. So this page became a page about famous women. And it became an opportunity to think about my own origins.

It was one of my goals as a teacher in Sweden, to get more girls taking over typical works of men. I had a girl tech team helping building computers for our school computer club in the 90s. Several of my technique students were girls. They learned HTML and created my school’s home page 1997. Look at this page created by Elena and Linda. Two of my student girls, became pilots and one became a civil engineer specialized in quality industrial development. I am proud about that, a little bit as Gudrin’s father was proud about Gudrin and I am proud about my daughter and son.

About my interest in the Vikings.

My parents were travelers and one of my ancestors (Johan Gustaf Hjalmar was doctor and discoverer. That’s probably the reason, I grew up in Italy, instead of in Sweden. l almost became an Italian man who all his life, back working in Sweden, wanted to come back to an island similar to the volcanic Iceland, in Italy.

As a Viking, living in Sicily that once ruled by a Viking. I am of course interested both in the history of Sicily and the Vikings.

The recent discoveries about the norsemen

I have for long known about the Vikings, coming to North America 500 years before Colombo. But only now, thanks to the Internet, I have found information about the recent American research of the Norsemen, who came to north America. I am very thankful for the documentary in Swedish svtplay.se about Gudrin.

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Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir

Wiki says among others that she was:

“an Icelandic explorer, born at Laugarbrekka in SnæfellsnesIceland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She appears in the Saga of Erik the Red and the Saga of the Greenlanders, known collectively as the Vinland sagas. She and her husband Þorfinnur Karlsefni, led an expedition to Vinland where their son Snorri Þorfinnsson was born, believed to be the first European birth in the Americas outside of Greenland.

In Iceland, Gudrid is known by her byname víðförla (lit. wide-fared or far-travelled).

Nancy  Marie Browns wrote about Gudrins story in a book available in Amazon

Gudrin and her husband Þorfinnur Karlsefni went to Winland and took over the abandoned settlement of Leif_Erikson, the older brother of Karlsefni, goday called l’anse aux Medows.

In the Swedish documentary, we listen to  Birgitta Wallace.

Birgitta Wallace is an American archeologist who explores the norse Anse_aux_Meadows site

Nancy Marie Brown, who wrote the book “The saga of Gudrid – the far traveller” tells about her book in this youtube:

 

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Other famous women.

  • I dedicated a page to Hypatia in
    www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2020/03/28/hypatia/ 
  • Aud the Deep-Minded (Ketilsdóttir )also known as Unn, Aud Ketilsdatter or Unnur Ketilsdottir, was a 9th-century settler during the age of Settlement of Iceland….Aud married Olaf the White (Oleif)”… After becoming widow during her second marriage with Thorstein, she “commissioned a construction of a knarr , a Viking era ship commonly built for Atlantic voyages. She had the ship built secretly in the forest (ed. in Scottland),… After its completion, Aud captained the ship to Orkney. There she married off one of her granddaughters, Groa, the daughter of Thorstein the Red, and then Aud captained the ship on its sail to the area of Breiðafjörður in Iceland…” On her ship were twenty men under her command, proving that she was respected, capable, independent and strong-willed. In addition to the crew” read more in Wiki.

  • Jeanne d’Arc 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans” (French: La Pucelle d’Orléans) or “Maid of Lorraine” (French: La Pucelle de Lorraine), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War.

  • I wrote about Anna Göldi in
  • www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/witchhunt-in-europe/#goeldi
  • The first woman priest was Margit Sahlin. I married my first time with a woman pries in Göteborg.
    Not to forget there are women also in the Bible. “women such as Deborah, the Shunnemite woman, and the prophetess Huldah, rise above societal limitations in their stories.” 
  • Many do no know that the first programmer was Lady Ada Lovelace
  • Also not to be forgotten is marie Curie who died for her research.
  • Saint Lucy is not to be forgotten. She was one of those women who did not want to become subdued by men and “distributed a great part of her riches among the poor”
  • Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, mysteriously disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. (read more in www.biography.com
  • I mention the famous pilote Svetlana Kapanina in www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2018/07/26/women/ 
  • Emmy Noether made many important contributions to abstract algebra. She discovered Noether’s theorem, which is fundamental in mathematical physics.
  • Jane Goddall , born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934, formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist.  Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees
  • There are many women authors. One is the Italian Dacia Maraini.

You find many more if you search for  “famous woman scientists” in google 

 

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conclusion

With this pag and research, it has become a dream of mine to met with the Mikmaq Indian people.

Because of  my interest and engagement in the North American Indians tragic destiny, my mother once said:
“You have for sure been an Indian man, in your previous life.”

Mikmaq Indian people maybe interbreeded with the norsemens? This is contradicted by what is know, as Gudrid and their group left Winland soon after a fight started with the natives. 

 

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Jesus got angry in the temple?

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INTRODUCTION

March 7, 2021, John 2,13-25 is read. it is about Jesus making a “whip of cords, and threwing all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen.”

(Image by El Greco with oil on panel, copied from Wiki)

John said that “oxen, sheep, and doves” were sold in the temple were sold. Luke and Mark did not mentions any animals. Matthew mentions only doves. But to understand Jesus reaction, maybe other things were sold too.
If only oxen, sheep, and doves were sold, Jesus should have known that Hebrews had to change their money to be able to buy these animals, to offer to God. Jesus should then have said something about this to the Hebrews in the temple.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke agree that this is the event that functioned as the ‘trigger’ for Jesus’ death.” ( web.archive.org )

I wonder about Jesus’ wrath in the temple. I wrote about hate and wrath back in 2017 in this post. Jesus as a good Jew for sure, knew this text:

“Wrath and anger— these also are detestable,
    and they will possess the sinful person.” (Syrach 27:30 )

I have come to a conclusion.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from www.vatican.va
Gospel texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

John 2,13-25 says:

2:13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2:14 He found in the temple those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting.
2:15 He made a whip of cords, and threw all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew their tables.
2:16 To those who sold the doves, he said, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace!”
2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will eat me up.”
2:18 The Jews therefore answered him, “What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?”

2:19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
2:20 The Jews therefore said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you raise it up in three days?”
2:21 But he spoke of the temple of his body. 2:22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he said this, and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in his name, observing his signs which he did.
2:24 But Jesus didn’t trust himself to them, because he knew everyone,
2:25 and because he didn’t need for anyone to testify concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man.

Footnotes:

2:17 Psalm 69:9

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The message

The temple

According to John2:20: “The Jews therefore said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you raise it up in three days?”This time detail seems to be acceptable.(“1:50 scale model of Herod’s Temple, constructed by Israeli archeologist and historian Michael Avi-Yonah (1904-1974) at the Holyland Hotel, now at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.”
(Text and image source: www.jesuswalk.com/john )

(“A young boy standing next to a model of the Second Temple at the Temple Insititute in Jerusalem. (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)” Source: www.timesofisrael.com )

The merchandise in the temple explaining Jesus wrath

I  wondered about the message of John who says that “oxen, sheep, and doves”, were sold in the temple. Maybe John’s tradition spiced the story? inspired by Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11

Isaiah 56:7  says:
Them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer; Their holocausts and sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

Jeremiah 7:11 says:
Has this house which bears my name become in your eyes a den of thieves? I too see what is being done, says the LORD.

I made research of the “cleansing of the temple” merchandise details, in the other Gospels.

Mark 11:15-19 told only about doves. He wrote:

11:15 They came to Jerusalem, and Jesus entered into the temple, and began to throw out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those who sold the doves.
11:16 He would not allow anyone to carry a container through the temple.
11:17 He taught, saying to them, “Isn’t it written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ But you have made it a den of robbers!”
11:18 …

Footnotes
11:17 Isaiah 56:7 
11:17 Jeremiah 7:11

Luke 19:45-47 does not specify any animals. He wrote:

45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold,
 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”
47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him,

Matthew 21:12-17 does not specify any animal. He wrote:

12 And Jesus entered the templea] and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

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Mark who was the first evangelist told only about doves. Luke and Matthew did not mention any animal. James Tissot (French, 1836-1902) interpreted that there were not only animals sold, maybe to explain Jesus’ wrath.

(Image source: www.brooklynmuseum.org)

As Mark 11:17 says:
He taught, saying to them, “Isn’t it written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ But you have made it a den of robbers!”
Jesus was a Jew and surely read Jeremiah 7:11, the temple probably hosted merchants who sold other things not intended for offering.

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conclusion

The behavior of Jesus as John describes it, is really surprising.
It is not at all in harmony with Jesus’ message of “love your enemies and pray for those who harass you”  ( Matthew 5:43-44 )

However, it could be understandable if other things than oxen, sheep, and doves were sold in the temple.


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Sourdough 26

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Introduction

 

My main sourdough page, published at www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/sourdough_bread/

This is one of my pages in my baking diaryIMPORTANT. This is not a professional recipe page.
These are my baking diary notes that help me remember what I did on the previous bake. As you may have read on my main page I recommend keeping notes of quantities and time to learn from past mistakes. So have I done since I started making sourdough bread.

  1. I followed Alex´ s method almost entirely this time.

I got a nice texture but not the acidity I looked for. read my conclusion.

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Index

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Baking diary notes

 

Waking up sourdough Fri 15.40
(Should have started at 13.30)
= make Levain
Time: until it double in size and floating test passed, 3 hours, 20 min.

Making the dough Fri 19.00

with  My mnemonic proportion:

  • 1 levain (200 gr):
  • 2 water (400 gr):
  • 3.5 flour (700 gr) I used extra 100 gr Semola
    (it could have been some 20 gr more) 

Rest 1 Fri 19.10  (40 minutes in oven with lamp on)

kneading Fri 19.50 10 minutes

  1.  Add 12 salt and espresso cup of water
  2. Method: turn. grab, turn, smash, pull, role)
    (still to sticky. Remember 2. 20 gram more flour.)

Rest 2 Fri 20:10 (4 hours in oven in bucket closed with lid)

Fold and format before final rest. Fri 23.05
I start 65 earlier, earlier as I am tired. 

all folds with quick movements!

Folding 1
Sticky big dough

      1. Drop dough on unfloured table
      2. Sprinkle with flour and flip
      3. Fold the Edges in the center 
        until you get a rough ball.

Rest 3 (30 min on table covered with cellophane) Fri 23.10
until it get a pancake shape

Folding 2 Fri 23.40
I first of all divide the dough into 2 loaves. This big on has not enough space in my small bread baskets and then the baking bucket.

      1. Sprinkle the dough and flip it upside down.
      2. Fold the bottom to almost top
      3. Right to almost left
      4. Left to almost right.
      5. Top to bottom
      6. and bottom to top
      7. roll it up.
        Form into a loaf.

Final loaf shaping with hand

    1. Push the  loaf with knife in all directions.
    2. Feel the surface tension

Rest 4 Fri  (overnight in fridge)

    1. Put loaf in  floured bucket.
    2. Cover with handkerchief. in the fridge

Baking preparations.

    1. 2 hours before using it or when dough  bounces back when gently poking it,
    2. prepare oven paper
    3. Put oven at max temp with bowls and lids.
    4. Brush away extra flour.
    5. Dough into the hot bowl
    6. Cut it
    7. Spray water over–

Baking

    1. vith lid
      lower to 220 C (?)

      bake for 25 min
    2. Without lid
      bake for another 25 min or until stick test passed.
       

After bake

  1. Cool over grid
    without covering it to preserve crispiness

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Conclusions

Quality Vote
(1 =  bad ->5  = best)
Texture  3
Taste 4
Acidity  2

Very good texture and taste but low acidity.

 Looking at sourdough bake 9 I found the difference between the method I used here (Alex’)  and at that time (Tom’s).

I wrote at that time:
“I got a good acidity keeping the stretched doughs in the refrigerator over night 12 hours 15 minutes. “

With Alex method the lactobacilli have not time and temp to multiply enough. So I get a levain with few lactobacilli able to multiply in the dough.
The high temp that Tom recommends may also have helped.

Plan for next bake

I can not believe that the problem with acidity is that I have a poor or weak lactobacilli culture in my starter. 

In my next bake, I plan to keep the levain overnight in the fridge as Tom suggests and next morning, take it out 1 hour before using it and keep it in the oven as Alex suggests, to allow the yeast cells to multiply. Then I  use it when making the dough when the floating test is passed.

sourdough 25 – baking diary

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Introduction

 

My main sourdough page is published at www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/sourdough_bread/

This is my sourdough bake 25. I am tired about recipe that does not work because of different flour quality.  Alex’ Mnemo  did not work. I had this time to add another 100 gram of this Italian flour. 
As I had to add flour I had to knead the way I have done for 30 years with ordinary white bread. I like however several of Tom’s and Alex ‘ methods.
But I will probably mix chosen techniques from this bake on.
The important is to get a fluffy porous bread that sometimes has a touch of acidity. And of course the color and consistency.

baking diary notes

This is not a professional recipe page.
These are my baking diary notes that help me remember what I did on the previous bake. 

N.B. Now I write how I did. if you want, compare with Alex’s method in his video.Index

  • Introduction
    1. Waking up sourdough
    2. The levain floating test
    3. Making the dough
    4. Kneading
    5. Edge folding
    6. Bottom top, left-right folding
    7. Preparing for the bake
  • Conclusion

1. Waking up sourdough Thursday 10:15

I did like this:

  • 100 gr warm (about 28 celsius) Fontenoce water
  • 100 gr wheat flour is “Semola Mulino Pratore
  • 1 tablespoon starter A+ (I have  4 starters)
    To get a warmer oven I put in a bowl with hot water.

13:50 (after 3 hours 35 min), it doubled in size!

The levain floating test – did not pass
probably because I moved the dough around and it collapsed.

3. Making the dough Thursday 13:50

  • 1 part sourdough (200 gr)
  • 2 parts water (400 gr),
  • 3 parts flour (600 gr. Later added another 100 gr)  Pratore Semola
  • Mixed with hands.

Rest 1 (4 hours room temp) Thursday 14:05

I forgot to do like Alex instructed. Should have let it rest only about 1 hour.
In the oven with the lamp lighted in my plastic bucket with lid.

4. Kneading Thursday 18:00

  • Added 12-gram salt and a splash of water.
    Had to add another 100-gram flour as said above.
  • Worked in salt and the extra flour into the dough using know and then as Alex method   (lift in the middle, turn, grab, turn, smash, pull, role)

Did this for 10 minutes but the dough was still to sticky.
I had to add another 100 gr flour   Pratore Semola as I wrote above.

 

Rest 2 (1 part over night the other about 3 hours in the oven) Thursday 18:40

Had bowls prepared and a 50 50 mix rice flour, wheat flour

I divided the drought in two parts:

I formed these with the hand to balls and then had these move around with a  knife like Alex does before the shaping. I think it is good for the dough surface tension.

I sprinkled these with the mix and flipped these into the bowls.
I sprinkled the top of the doughs in the bowls and covered with a handkerchief.
The one I put in the refrigerator I covered also with plate to preserve humidity.

I want to taste the difference in acidity between the two pieces.

7. Preparing for the bake dough 1: Thursday 21:55
dought 2: Friday 11.00

With the dough 2
 I tried to make a last stretch (left right, bottom up) like Tom does before format and fermenting. And I had the dough back to the bowl to ferment over the oven that is active set to heat up to max. the dough 2 was put to bake at about 13.25. removed the lid after about 30 minutes. Had a nice color.

  1. Flip the dough upside down on a floured plate.
  2. Remove the flour on the top with a brush. 
  3. Put oiled oven paper pieces (circle) in the bowl.
  4. Cut the dough twice with low angle. 
  5. Place the dough as gentle as possible without burning yourself. 
  6. Spray the dough with water 
  7. Put immediately the hot lid back on the pot
  8.  Put the pot with the dough in the oven and.
  9. Lower to 220 C.
  10. Kept the lid on 35 minutes
  11. Remove the lid 22.30. Nice color.
  12. Baked another 25 minutes.

Out of oven. Dough 1: Thursday 22.40
dought 2: Friday 14.30

Seemed to be cooked.
Looked nice.

Bread 1: Put it to cool on the grid on handkerchief.
bread 2: put it to cool on the grid without covering it.

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Conclusion

 

 

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