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Maternal Body - A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East (Paperback): Carrie Frederick Frost Maternal Body - A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East (Paperback)
Carrie Frederick Frost
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Witness Through Troubled Times - A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Hardcover): Tamara... Witness Through Troubled Times - A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Hardcover)
Tamara Grdzelidze, Martin George, Rev Lukas Vischer
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This work provides a comprehensive history of the Orthodox Church of Georgia and begins in the year 1811, which marks the removal of the church's autocephaly. It gives an insight into political and cultural life in Georgia as well as the persecution of religion by imperialist and communist Russia.

Wounded by Love - The Life and Wisdom of Saint Porphyrios (Paperback): Elder Porphyrios Wounded by Love - The Life and Wisdom of Saint Porphyrios (Paperback)
Elder Porphyrios; Translated by John Raffan
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Year of Mercy with Pope Francis (Paperback): Pope Francis Year of Mercy with Pope Francis (Paperback)
Pope Francis; Edited by Kevin Cotter
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Being Orthodox - A Comprehensive Guide (Paperback): Being Orthodox - A Comprehensive Guide (Paperback)
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Being Orthodox is a comprehensive guide to the Orthodox tradition. It offers encouragement to ordinary Orthodox Christians involved in the demanding task of trying to live a devout life, and counsel to those seeking to convert. It will also appeal to the many Catholics and Anglicans interested in Orthodoxy. The first section focuses on GOD THE HOLY TRINITY AS THE ONE WHO PROVIDES MEANING AND STRUCTURE TO EVERYTHING. It looks at types of orthodoxy; the Bible and Orthodoxy; the Orthodox church building; the nature of Orthodox worship; the dress and vestments of the clergy and related matters. The second section is on LIVING AS AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN. It explores becoming Orthodox; the Orthodox lifecycle from birth to death; fasting, confession and communion; Orthodox devotion; keeping Great Lent; the romance of Orthodoxy in literature, art and music, and why people cease to practice. The third section looks at GROWING AS AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN with reference to the Orthodox Tradition and its sources; reading Orthodox theology, and following the example of the saints. An appendix offers the author's story of how he became Orthodox; the Order for Reception; a glossary of terms and recommended reading.

A History of the Athonite Commonwealth - The Spiritual and Cultural Diaspora of Mount Athos (Paperback): Graham Speake A History of the Athonite Commonwealth - The Spiritual and Cultural Diaspora of Mount Athos (Paperback)
Graham Speake
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This book examines the part played by monks of Mount Athos in the diffusion of Orthodox monasticism throughout Eastern Europe and beyond. It focuses on the lives of outstanding holy men in the history of Orthodoxy who have been drawn to the Mountain, have absorbed the spirit of its wisdom and its prayer, and have returned to the outside world, inspired to spread the results of their labours and learning. In a remarkable demonstration of what may be termed 'soft power' in action, these men have carried the image of Athos to all corners of the Balkan peninsula, to Ukraine, to the very far north of Russia, across Siberia and the Bering Strait into North America, and most recently (when traditional routes were closed to them by the curtain of communism) to the West. Their dynamic witness is the greatest gift of Athos to a world thirsting for spiritual guidance.

The Rider the Steed the Dragon - The Saint George Icons of Peris Ieremiadis (Paperback): John Raffan The Rider the Steed the Dragon - The Saint George Icons of Peris Ieremiadis (Paperback)
John Raffan
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Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great - Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt (Hardcover): David... Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great - Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt (Hardcover)
David Brakke, Andrew T. Crislip
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Shenoute the Great (c.347-465) led one of the largest Christian monastic communities in late antique Egypt and was the greatest native writer of Coptic in history. For approximately eight decades, Shenoute led a federation of three monasteries and emerged as a Christian leader. His public sermons attracted crowds of clergy, monks, and lay people; he advised military and government officials; he worked to ensure that his followers would be faithful to orthodox Christian teaching; and he vigorously and violently opposed paganism and the oppressive treatment of the poor by the rich. This volume presents in translation a selection of his sermons and other orations. These works grant us access to the theology, rhetoric, moral teachings, spirituality, and social agenda of a powerful Christian leader during a period of great religious and social change in the later Roman Empire.

Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Greek (Hardcover, New Ed): Scott Fitzgerald Johnson Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Greek (Hardcover, New Ed)
Scott Fitzgerald Johnson; Series edited by Robert Hoyland, Arietta Papaconstantinou
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This volume brings together a set of fundamental contributions, many translated into English for this publication, along with an important introduction. Together these explore the role of Greek among Christian communities in the late antique and Byzantine East (late Roman Oriens), specifically in the areas outside of the immediate sway of Constantinople and imperial Asia Minor. The local identities based around indigenous eastern Christian languages (Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian, etc.) and post-Chalcedonian doctrinal confessions (Miaphysite, Church of the East, Melkite, Maronite) were solidifying precisely as the Byzantine polity in the East was extinguished by the Arab conquests of the seventh century. In this multilayered cultural environment, Greek was a common social touchstone for all of these Christian communities, not only because of the shared Greek heritage of the early Church, but also because of the continued value of Greek theological, hagiographical, and liturgical writings. However, these interactions were dynamic and living, so that the Greek of the medieval Near East was itself transformed by such engagement with eastern Christian literature, appropriating new ideas and new texts into the Byzantine repertoire in the process.

Church, Papacy, and Schism - A Theological Enquiry (Paperback, 2nd edition): Philip Sherrard Church, Papacy, and Schism - A Theological Enquiry (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Philip Sherrard
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Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia - The History and Transformation of a Free Church Tradition (Hardcover): Malkhaz... Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia - The History and Transformation of a Free Church Tradition (Hardcover)
Malkhaz Songulashvili
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Malkhaz Songulashvili, former Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia (EBCG), provides a pioneering, exacting, and sweeping history of Georgian Baptists. Utilizing archival sources in Georgian, Russian, German, and Englishatranslating many of these crucial documents for the first time into Englishahe recounts the history of the EBCG from its formation in 1867 to the present. While the particular story of Georgian Baptists merits telling in its own right, and not simply as a feature of Russian religious life, Songulashvili employs Georgian Baptists as a sustained case study on the convergence of religion and culture. The interaction of Eastern Orthodox, Western Protestant, and Russian dissenting religious traditionsamixed into the political cauldron of Russian occupation of a formerly distinct eastern European culturealed to a remarkable experiment in Christian free-church identity. Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia allows readers to peer through the lens of intercultural studies to see the powerful relationships among politics, religion, and culture in the formation of Georgian Baptists, and their blending of Orthodox tradition into Baptist life to craft a unique ecclesiology, liturgy, and aesthetics.

Human Image: World Image - The Death and Resurrection of Sacred Cosmology (Paperback): Philip Sherrard Human Image: World Image - The Death and Resurrection of Sacred Cosmology (Paperback)
Philip Sherrard
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The Icon Hunter - A Refugee`s Quest to Reclaim Her Nation`s Stolen Heritage (Hardcover): Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi The Icon Hunter - A Refugee`s Quest to Reclaim Her Nation`s Stolen Heritage (Hardcover)
Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi
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Witness Through Troubled Times - A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Paperback): Tamara... Witness Through Troubled Times - A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Paperback)
Tamara Grdzelidze, Martin George, Rev Lukas Vischer
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This work provides a comprehensive history of the Orthodox Church of Georgia and begins in the year 1811, which marks the removal of the church's autocephaly. It gives an insight into political and cultural life in Georgia as well as the persecution of religion by imperialist and communist Russia.

Coptic Orthodox Church (Paperback): Chaillot Coptic Orthodox Church (Paperback)
Chaillot
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Orthodox Mysteries - Sacraments and Worship of the Orthodox Church (Paperback): Jessica Rose Orthodox Mysteries - Sacraments and Worship of the Orthodox Church (Paperback)
Jessica Rose; Illustrated by Irke Petterberg- Laurila; Translated by Tuija Vanttinen- Newton
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Welcome to the Orthodox Church - An Introduction to Eastern Christianity (Paperback): Frederica Mathewes-Green Welcome to the Orthodox Church - An Introduction to Eastern Christianity (Paperback)
Frederica Mathewes-Green
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There are other introductory books about Orthodoxy. This one comprehensively covers the history, theology, and practice without talking over your head. Mathewes- Green takes the original approach of bringing you into a typical church for a series of visits. That is how Christians learned the faith for most of history, by coming into a community and keeping their eyes and ears open. Designed primarily for newcomers to come to understand Orthodoxy and Orthodox Christians, this guide to the faith is also a non-threatening and accessible introduction to people already "in the pews." Inviting rather than argumentative, this is a book Orthodox Christians will be giving to their friends.

Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Hardcover): Andrew Walker White Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Hardcover)
Andrew Walker White
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In this groundbreaking, interdisciplinary study, Andrew Walker White explores the origins of Byzantine ritual - the rites of the early Greek Orthodox Church - and its unique relationship with traditional theatre. Tracing the secularization of pagan theatre, the rise of rhetoric as an alternative to acting, as well as the transmission of ancient methods of musical composition into the Byzantine era, White demonstrates how Christian ritual was in effect a post-theatrical performing art, created by intellectuals who were fully aware of traditional theatre but who endeavoured to avoid it. The book explores how Orthodox rites avoid the aesthetic appreciation associated with secular art, and conducts an in-depth study (and reconstruction) of the late Byzantine Service of the Furnace. Often treated as a liturgical drama, White translates and delineates the features of five extant versions, to show how and why it generated widely diverse audience reactions in both medieval times and our own.

Communion Chants of the Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Asmatikon (Hardcover): Simon Harris Communion Chants of the Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Asmatikon (Hardcover)
Simon Harris
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This is a complete edition with critical commentary of the Byzantine Communions in thirteenth-century manuscripts of the Asmatikon, all known sources being used. The chants concerned are the earliest known examples of Communion Chants of the Orthodox Church, and are found in a book which may go back to the rite of St Sophia at Constantinople during the tenth century-the earliest copies of which date from the thirteenth-century and come from South Italy and North Greece. Further more, there are also a few manuscripts from Kiev with text in Church Slavonic and an untranscribable musical notation. This is the first systematic transcription of the Asmatikon ever to be published.

Writings from the Philokalia (Paperback, Main): E. Kadloubovsky Writings from the Philokalia (Paperback, Main)
E. Kadloubovsky; Edited by G.E.H. Palmer; Translated by E. Kadloubovsky, G.E.H. Palmer
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The Philokalia is an important collection of writings by Fathers of the Eastern Church dating from the fourth to the fourteenth century. It exists in three versions: the Greek, complied in the eighteenth century; the Slavonic; and the Russian.

The Russian text, translated by Bishop Theophan the Recluse in the nineteenth century, and consisting of five volumes (with which a sixth is sometimes associated), is the most complete of all three versions. It is the Russian text that has been used in translating into English this selection, which presents a range of Philokalia writings concerning the Jesus Prayer.

John of Damascus - New Studies on his Life and Works (Hardcover, New Ed): Vassa Kontouma John of Damascus - New Studies on his Life and Works (Hardcover, New Ed)
Vassa Kontouma
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For more than five hundred years the life and work of John of Damascus (c. 655-c.745) have been the subject of a very extensive literature, scholarly and popular, in which it is often difficult to get one's bearings. Through the studies included here (of which 6 appear in a translation into English made specially for this volume), Vassa Kontouma provides a critical review of this literature and attempts to answer several open questions: the author and date of composition of the official Life of John, the philosophical significance of the Dialectica (a study which has its first publication here), the original structure of the Exposition of the Orthodox faith, the identity of ps.-Cyril, the authenticity of the Letter on Great Lent, and questions of Mariology. She also opens new vistas for research along four main lines: the life of John of Damascus and its sources, Neochalcedonian philosophy, systematic theology in Byzantium, and Christian practices under the Umayyads.

Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem (Paperback): Daniel Galadza Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem (Paperback)
Daniel Galadza
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The Church of Jerusalem, the 'mother of the churches of God', influenced all of Christendom before it underwent multiple captivities between the eighth and thirteenth centuries: first, political subjugation to Arab Islamic forces, then displacement of Greek-praying Christians by Crusaders, and finally ritual assimilation to fellow Orthodox Byzantines in Constantinople. All three contributed to the phenomenon of the Byzantinization of Jerusalem's liturgy, but only the last explains how it was completely lost and replaced by the liturgy of the imperial capital, Constantinople. The sources for this study are rediscovered manuscripts of Jerusalem's liturgical calendar and lectionary. When examined in context, they reveal that the devastating events of the Arab conquest in 638 and the destruction of the Holy Sepulchre in 1009 did not have as detrimental an effect on liturgy as previously held. Instead, they confirm that the process of Byzantinization was gradual and locally-effected, rather than an imposed element of Byzantine imperial policy or ideology of the Church of Constantinople. Originally, the city's worship consisted of reading scripture and singing hymns at places connected with the life of Christ, so that the link between holy sites and liturgy became a hallmark of Jerusalem's worship, but the changing sacred topography led to changes in the local liturgical tradition. Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem is the first study dedicated to the question of the Byzantinization of Jerusalem's liturgy, providing English translations of many liturgical texts and hymns here for the first time and offering a glimpse of Jerusalem's lost liturgical and theological tradition.

Constantinople and the West - Essays on the Late Byzantine (Palaeologan) and Italian Renaissances and the Byzantine and Roman... Constantinople and the West - Essays on the Late Byzantine (Palaeologan) and Italian Renaissances and the Byzantine and Roman Churches (Paperback)
Deno John Geanakoplos
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The glory of the Italian Renaissance came not only from Europe's Latin heritage, but also from the rich legacy of another renaissance - the palaeologan of late Byzantium. This nexus of Byzantine and Latin cultural and ecclesiastical relations in the Renaissance and Medieval periods is the underlying theme of the diverse and far-ranging essays in ""Constantinople and the West"". Addressing the disputed, provocative question of Palaeologan influence on Italian Renaissance humanism, the author systematically demonstrates that Byzantine scholars were not merely transmitters of ancient Greek writings to the West. More significantly, the Byzantine emigre scholars in Italy, through their intimate knowledge of the Alexandrian and Byzantine traditions, alone were able to unlock and authentically interpret the more difficult texts of Aristotle, Plato, Hermogenes, and other Greek thinkers. Geanakoplos shows that the Byzantine refugee scholars and their Italian disciples were able to promote a fusion of elements of both the Italian and Palaeologan renaissances. Other essays concern the careers of influential Palaeologan humanists such as Theodore Gaza, the leading secular Aristotelian of the early Italian Renaissance, and John Argyropoulos, who was probably chiefly responsible for shifting the emphasis of Florentine humanism from rhetoric to Platonic philosophy. The essays in the second half of the book deal primarily with ecclesiastical relations. The author probes deeply into encounters between Greek and Roman churches at councils in Lyons, Florence, and elsewhere, which reflect the centuries of recurring religious schism and attempted reunion. He also offers a revealing glimpse of the Greek exaltation, and of Hagia Sophia and its properties, after Constantinople's liberation from Latin rule in 1261. While all of the essays have been printed previously, the author has revised and brought them entirely up to date for this volume. ""Constantinople and the West"" should be invaluable to those interested in the Byzantine and Italian Renaissance, and reward students of Medieval history, church history, and those who are interested in the comparative history of the East and West.

Dynamis of Healing - Patristic Theology and the Psyche (Paperback): Pia Sophia Chaudhari Dynamis of Healing - Patristic Theology and the Psyche (Paperback)
Pia Sophia Chaudhari
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This book explores how traces of the energies and dynamics of Orthodox Christian theology and anthropology may be observed in the clinical work of depth psychology. Looking to theology to express its own religious truths and to psychology to see whether these truth claims show up in healing modalities, the author creatively engages both disciplines in order to highlight the possibilities for healing contained therein. Dynamis of Healing elucidates how theology and psychology are by no means fundamentally at odds with each other but rather can work together in a beautiful and powerful synergia to address both the deepest needs and deepest desires of the human person for healing and flourishing.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh - Essential Writings (Paperback): Gillian Crow Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh - Essential Writings (Paperback)
Gillian Crow
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For over fifty years, Anthony Bloom (1914-2003 was head of the russian Orthodox Church ihn Great Britain (Patriarchate of Moscow). Arriving in Britain in 1949 he played a major part of ecumenical work and exerted a wide influence through his broadcasts, writings (he is the author of several spiritual classics), and reputation as a spiritual leader. His writings reflect both the essence of Orthodoxy and his own experience of the struggle to live Christianity on a daily basis.

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