The purpose here is to tell history so that it makes sense for today. History is not events separated in time and place from each other. The "who, what, where, when" are important. The "why" and "how" are also necessary. The linking of yesterday to today makes it meaningful. This publication is a tool to forge that link.
I believe that human nature is constant. The nature of man has not changed in all of recorded history. Circumstances change, but each generation is working out the same basic problems. So, what someone did four thousand years ago can be a lesson for us today. I also believe that history is linear. Human nature may be considered cyclical, but not history. Events are unique expressions of human behavior, just as events in nature are unique from each other. So I am trying to better understand not just the world around us, but our own selves.
My own spiritual beliefs (Christian from the evangelical tradition) lead me to look to a Creator to understand my relationship with Him and within His creation. If you, the reader, do not share my beliefs, I think I have still provided you with a basis to more clearly understand what has gone on before us. I am trusting that we are seeking truth, that which is true for all, anywhere, anytime. Truth is the basis for our understanding. I like how the Apostle Paul puts it:
"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:12