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James Bethune-Baker (1861 1951) was a British theologian who held the position of Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1911 to 1935. In this book, which was first published in 1908, Bethune-Baker provides a detailed discussion of Nestorius and his views, putting forward the viewpoint 'that Nestorius was not 'Nestorian''. Detailed notes are incorporated throughout the text. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Nestorius, theology and the history of Christianity."
This volume brings together in one compass the Orthodox Churches - the ecumenical patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian, Armenian, Ethiopian, Egyptian and Syrian Churches. It follows their fortunes from the late Middle Ages until modern times - exactly the period when their history has been most neglected. Inevitably, this emphasises differences in teachings and experience, but it also brings out common threads, most notably the resilience displayed in the face of alien and often hostile political regimes. The central theme is the survival against the odds of Orthodoxy in its many forms into the modern era. The last phase of Byzantium proves to have been surprisingly important in this survival. It provided Orthodoxy with the intellectual, artistic and spiritual reserves to meet later challenges. The continuing vitality of the Orthodox Churches is evident for example in the Sunday School Movement in Egypt and the Zoe brotherhood in Greece.
The life received by St. Anthony is one that is precisely in accordance with the Bible, one which was aided by tremendous power from the Holy Spirit. His going out into the wilderness as an eighteen year old, to live in the mountains and parched deserts, was an expression of the measure of intense faith that filled the heart of St Anthony, The young teen who was accustomed to living a lavish lifestyle, was not hindered by the circumstances of his one and only orphan sister, or the allure of three hundred acres of land that promised a comfortable earthly life in response to the gospel call This book explores the biblical basis of the monastic life through the lens of the life and writings of its founder
The Word: The Origin of Man highlights the history of God with mankind reviewed through the interpretation of the early Coptic Orthodox Church founded in Egypt around 60 AD. Its focus is on the rich background rooted in years of tradition, wisdom, and knowledge of ancient Christians of the Middle East known today as the Coptic people. This book illustrates the continuity of God as a Father in dealing with mankind from Adam through His Presence as the Son of Man and today through the Holy Spirit. The epic of God's relationship with us was the moment of His crucifixion followed by His resurrection. The glorious outcome was the defeat of Satan and the redemption of mankind from his original sin committed against God in paradise and His provision of eternal salvation. Jesus Christ is the only means to get from earth to heaven. This book is a tool for learning, self-improvement, and growth to help readers make the important choices leading to salvation. RAMIZ GILADA was born in Sudan at the time of the Suez Canal War and turmoil in the Middle East. Starting his education in Africa in a Catholic school, Ramiz continued his high school and college education in England with a B.S. Degree from Imperial College, University of London, and postgraduate M.S. Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA in the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering. Ramiz is currently a professional engineer in the field of nuclear power generation. His exposure between the three Continents of Africa, Europe, and America has given him a unique perspective of eastern and western cultures. Like most Coptic Christians, Ramiz is of Egyptian origin following the theology of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Egypt. He is currently a member of St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Colleyville, Texas.
The Septuagint (or "LXX" ) is the Greek version of the Old Testament. It is a translation of the Hebrew Old Testament and certain Apocryphal books, which was written in the late 3rd century BC by the order of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the king of Ptolemaic Egypt (283 BC to 246 BC). Alexander the Great had spread Greek influence and language throughout "the known world" and the Jews of the are were losing their Jewish roots and tongue. This Greek translation was created for use by the Alexandrian Jews who were fluent in Koine Greek, but were no longer fluent in Hebrew. The Septuagint is quoted in the New Testament by the Apostolic Fathers. The influence of the Septuagint on Christianity cannot be denied and should be studied by students of the Bible and religion. This translation of the Septuagint was written by Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton and published in 1851. It was based on the Codex Vaticanus, one of the oldest surviving manuscripts of the Greek Bible. This version of the Septuagint is used by scholars and students of Scripture, religion, as well and Old and New Testament history.
Egypt's Christians, the Copts, are the largest Christian community in the Middle East. While they have always been considered an integral component of the Egyptian nation, their precise status within Egyptian politics and society has been subject to ongoing debates from the Twentieth Century to present day. Part of the legacy of the Mubarak era (1980-2011) in Egypt is the unsettled state of Muslim-Christian relations and the increasing volatility of sectarian tensions, which also overshadowed the first years of the post-Mubarak period. The Coptic Question in the Mubarak Era delves into the discourses that dominated public debates and the political agenda-setting during the Mubarak era, explaining why politicians and the public in Egypt have had such enormous difficulties in recognizing the real roots of sectarian strife. This "Coptic question" is a complex set of issues, ranging from the petty struggles of daily Egyptian life in a bi-religious society to intricate legal and constitutional questions (family law, conversion, and church-building), to the issue of the political participation of the Coptic minority. Through these subjects, the book explores a larger debate about Egyptian national identity. Paying special attention paid to the neglected diversity of voices within the Coptic community, Sebastian Elsasser peels back the historical layers to provide a comprehensive analysis of the historic, political, and social dynamics of Egypt's Coptic Christians during Hosni Mubarak's rule.
During Japan's Meiji period (1868-1912) of rapid Westernization, the propagation of Orthodox Christianity enjoyed remarkable success in this country. Under the leadership of Archbishop Nicholas (Kasatkin), Orthodoxy in Japan outstripped the growth of Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in terms of missionary-to-convert ratio. After Nicholas pioneers the study of the Japanese Orthodox Church after its initial boom, tracing the evolution of this community into the first independent indigenous East Asian Orthodox Christian body between 1912 and 1956. Set in the wider contexts of Russo-Japanese relations, Christianity in Japan, as well as Orthodox mission, this book shows the Japanese Orthodox case to be an intriguing exception in each of these three fields. It was a unique instance of an irreducibly Russo-Japanese community which survived the tumult of Russo-Japanese relations in the era of the World Wars. This group also defied the usual typologies of "foreign" (Protestant) and "native" (new religion) Japanese Christianity. Finally, it was the sole case of a new mission-originated local Orthodox Church emerging at the time when other similar initiatives disintegrated worldwide.
St. Porphyry, one of the best known elders in modern Greece, having direct experience of God and a whole life devoted to the guidance of his spiritual children, left precious speeches. The present edition offers important excerpts along with notes that explain Porphyry's thinking. Porphyry emphasizes the secrecy that fits the divine love, the sensitivity and confidence, the awareness, devoutness, freedom and mildness of faith, when life becomes a prayer, realizing the identity of Christ, that "He is our friend, our brother, He is everything good and nice. He is Everything, but He is a friend and he shouts... 'we are brothers... I'm not holding hell in my hand, I'm not threatening you, I love you, I want you to enjoy life together with me."
This revised publication of the Venice 1891 Leitourgikon collects the hymns chanted in the Divine Liturgy from the ecclesiastical library of the Book of Hours, Menaeon, Triodion, Pentecostarion and Parakletike for the Sundays, Great Feasts and Formal Saint commemorations of the Church calendar. Specifically, it contains the Psalms from the Service of the Typika, the troparia of the Beatitudes, and Kanon troparia from the 3rd and 6th Odes, the antiphons and other troparia (apolytikia, kontakia, hypakoae, megalynaria and communion hymns) necessary to those chanting the Liturgy. It is with great spiritual pleasure that this most practical edition is presented, with the humble dedication to the pious clergy and chanters in the Church. Like in the 1891 edition, it was deemed advantageous to add a few more practical texts. In the area containing hymns from the new service booklets hymns for the commemoration of the Father of Mount Athos, the Feast of the Holy Protection and the memories of St Nektarios the Wonderworker and St Kosmas Aetolos were added. Also included are the texts of the daily antiphons, the troparia of the weekday beatitudes from the Parakletike, the May my mouth be filled with thy praise and Psalms 33 and 144.
According to Fr. Alexander Men (1935-1990), the Russian Orthodox
priest and popular spiritual teacher who was publicly martyred in
1990 in the former USSR, prayer is "the flight of the heart toward
God." This work, available for the first time in English, is a
collection of his writings, lectures, and sermons on prayer. You
will discover both ancient and modern wisdom, and you will see how
one Eastern Orthodox priest taught his parishioners to pray.
Russian baptists and the Orthodox Church have had a difficult and, at times, dramatic relationship over the past century and a half. However, the purpose of this thesis is to examine certain internal connections between these two Christian bodies.
The four volumes of the Christian Living Series are the fruit of a catechism class that the late Bishop Youanis used to teach to university students who came to Cairo from other states to study. The Chapters of these volumes have been a hand book for many Christians who are pursuing their spiritual path and a source of direction to many over the last fifty years, now we present it to you in the English language. This volume, Spiritual Nourishment, Prescribes the necessary spiritual nourishments that are needed along the spiritual path. Chapters include: Bible Reading, Spiritual Reading, Retreats, and Service.
Our Father who art in heaven. . . . Two thousand years have elapsed since these words were first spoken from the Mount of the Beatitudes. Since that time countless sermons and commentaries have echoed these words, but never has the Lord's Prayer been likened to such an array of spiritual themes: the Commandments, the Divine Liturgy, the virtues, the Gospels, and then the Apocalypse and the Psalms are all taken in turn and formed into "verbal icons." This is an eminently practical book to be not so much quoted as lived, a modern quest for the heart of Scripture.
The Nestorians or, The lost tribes: containing evidence of their identity an account of their manners, customs, and ceremonies together with sketches of travel in ancient Assyria, Armenia, Media, and Mesopotamia and illustrations of Scripture prophecy This book, "The Nestorians or, The lost tribes," by Asahel Grant, is a replication of a book originally published before 1841. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.
St Martin the Bishop of Tours is a saint from France from the 5th century A.D. He was a solider in the Roman army till he was attracted to the monastic life. He was later ordained a priest then a bishop of the city of Tours. The Coptic Church celebrates his feast on the 14th of Hatour. All Time Heroes from all Times, is a series that we plan to publish for a long time. This series presents the lives of some of the church saints and heroes of faith from the time of Jesus till today. Some of these books will be printed others will only be available in Kindle format.
LARGE PRINT EDITION The Chrysostom Bible Commentary Series is not so much in honor of John Chrysostom as it is to continue and promote his legacy as an interpreter of the biblical texts for preaching and teaching God's congregation. In this volume, the author, Paul Nadim Tarazi, explains that "The most striking aspect of Ezekiel's] message is that the exile has been willed by God...as a teaching lesson." Instead of heeding God's instruction, "under Solomon and his successors, the people of Israel] treated Canaan as another Egypt where, this time round, they would be 'masters' of their own destiny. Little did they realize that neither they nor the Pharaohs are 'masters' of their fate. God alone is the Lord and master of all. Thus, it is God himself who calls upon the new 'Egyptians, ' the Assyrians and the Babylonians, to punish Samaria and Jerusalem."
This book dispels the widely-held view that paganism survived in Russia alongside Orthodox Christianity, demonstrating that 'double belief', dvoeverie, is in fact an academic myth.
Scholars, citing the medieval origins of the term, have often portrayed Russian Christianity as uniquely muddied by paganism, with 'double-believing' Christians consciously or unconsciously preserving pagan traditions even into the twentieth century. This volume shows how the concept of dvoeverie arose with nineteenth-century scholars obsessed with the Russian 'folk' and was perpetuated as a propaganda tool in the Soviet period, colouring our perception of both popular faith in Russian and medieval Russian culture for over a century. It surveys the wide variety of uses of the term from the eleventh to the seventeenth century, and contrasts them to its use in modern historiography, concluding that our modern interpretation of dvoeverie would not have been recognized by medieval clerics, and that 'double-belief' is a modern academic construct. Furthermore, it offers a brief foray into medieval Orthodoxy via the mind of the believer, through the language and literature of the period.
English summary: This volume focuses on the ecclesiology of the Russian/American orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann. The author examines it in a contemporary and in an ecumenical context and shows the potential it holds for mediating between hierarchical and congregationalist ecclesiologies. It shows the relation between sacramental transsubstantiation and cultural change through the presence of the Church, thus revealing the foundations for Schmemann's missionary transformative understanding of the Church. Schmemann's criticism of the identification of orthodoxy in America with the Russian emigrant subculture thus proves to be highly relevant to today's societal, ecological and economical issues in the context of increasing globalisation. German description: Im Mittelpunkt dieses Bandes steht die Ekklesiologie des russisch- bzw. amerikanisch-orthodoxen Theologen Alexander Schmemann. Der Autor untersucht sie im Rahmen ihrer Zeit und in ihren okumenischen Bezugen und zeigt ihr Potential, zwischen hierarchisch orientierten und kongregationalistischen Ekklesiologien zu vermitteln. Er zeigt den Bezug zwischen sakramentaler Wandlung und Transformation von Kultur durch die Prasenz der Kirche, wodurch die Grundlagen fur Schmemanns missionarisch-transformativem Verstandnis von Kirche deutlich werden. Schmemanns Kritik an der Identifikation der Orthodoxie in Amerika mit der Subkultur der russischen Emigration erweist sich so als hochst relevant fur heutige gesellschaftliche, okologische und okonomische Problemstellungen im Rahmen der zunehmenden Globalisierung. Schmemanns Denken wurde in Nordamerika in den vergangenen Jahren okumenisch breit rezipiert und spielt im Wiederaufbau des theologischen Lehrbetriebs im post-sowjetischen Russland eine grosse Rolle, fand im deutschen Sprachraum bisher aber kaum Beachtung - eine Lucke, die der Autor zu schliessen sucht.
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