Posts made in October, 2012

AN ORATION OF MELITON THE PHILOSOPHER;

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on AN ORATION OF MELITON THE PHILOSOPHER;

This text was transcribed by Roger Pearse, Ipswich Spicilegium Syriacum (1855) : Ps.-Melito of Sardis: Apology WHO WAS IN THE PRESENCE 1 OF ANTONINUS CAESAR, AND BADE THE SAME CAESAR KNOW GOD, AND SHEWED HIM THE WAY OF TRUTH; AND HE BEGAN SPEAKING AFTER THIS MANNER: MELITO saith: It is not an easy matter 2 readily to bring into the right way that man who has been a long time pre-occupied by error.3 But nevertheless it is possible to be done; for when a man has been turned from error a little, the mention of the truth is acceptable to him; for in the same manner as, when the cloud has...

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SOME EARLY RULES FOR SYRIAN MONKS – R. CONNOLLY

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on SOME EARLY RULES FOR SYRIAN MONKS – R. CONNOLLY

Rabbula, Admonitions to Monks.  from R.H.Connolly, Some early rules for Syrian monks, Downside Review 25 (NS 6) (1907) pp.152-162. The ancient city of Urhai, or Edessa, which in Roman times was capital of the Province of Osrhoene in northern Mesopotamia, had for its Bishop during the years 111-435 A.D. a remarkable man, by name Rabbula. Rabbula was the friend of St. Cyril of Alexandria, and, like him, a stout opponent of Nestorius. But he was a man of action rather than a theologian, an organizer and reformer rather than a great teacher; and during his episcopate he set himself sternly...

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The Letters of Simeon the Stylite – Professor Charles C. Torrey

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on The Letters of Simeon the Stylite – Professor Charles C. Torrey

Simeon Stylites, Letters.  Journal of the American Oriental Society 20 (1899) pp.253-276. By Charles C. Torrey, Professor in Andover Theological Seminary, Andover, Mass. Saint Simeon of the Pillar has always been one of the extremely interesting figures in the history of the Oriental church, as he is certainly one of the most characteristic. We are fortunate, too, in possessing considerable detailed information as to his life and work, derived for the most part from contemporary sources. This information is not always, nor even generally, trustworthy, to be sure; but the portion which we...

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Severus Sebokht, On the Constellations. transcribed by Roger Pearse, Ipswich, UK Introduction by François Nau

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Severus Sebokht, On the Constellations. transcribed by Roger Pearse, Ipswich, UK Introduction by François Nau

This text was transcribed by Roger Pearse, Ipswich, UK Introduction by François Nau     •    Introduction     •    The sources used by Severus     •    Biographical details on Severus Sebokht given by Ms. 364. The treatise on the constellations, written in 660 by Severus Sebokht, Bishop of Kinnesrin. Introduction Severus Sebokht has been known above all as a populariser among the Syrians of Greek philosophy.  (cf. E. Renan, De philosophia peripatetica apud Syros) We now know, thanks to a manuscript brought to light by Addai Scher and analysed in ROC 15 (1910),...

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Egyptian and Syrian Asceticism in Late Antiquity – Jeffrey Conrad

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Egyptian and Syrian Asceticism in Late Antiquity – Jeffrey Conrad

A Comparative Study of the Ascetic Idea in the Late Roman Empire during the Fourth and Fifth Centuries The Roman Empire between the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. experienced the development of a new form of Christian piety–the rise of asceticism. Two models or disciplines of the ascetic life arose during this time period, coenobitic and anchoritic asceticism. While both were manifestations of withdrawing from society, these two disciplines differed in the way in which the ascetics lived: coenobites lived communally whereas anchorites lived in solitude.1 Anchorites practiced the...

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