Posts made in July, 2013

A Syrian-Christian Perspective on the Supernatural / Silke Trzcionka

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Library | 1 comment

Whenever anyone looks with envy upon beautiful objects, the ambient air becomes charged with a malignant quality, and that person’s breath, laden with bitterness, blows hard upon the person near him. This breath, made up of the finest particles, penetrates to the very bones and marrow, and engenders in many cases the disease of envy, which has received the appropriate name of the influence of the evil eye.1 And so Heliodorus, in his novel Aethiopica, presents a perspective on the topic that will form the supernatural focus of this presentation − the evil eye. Providing a context...

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العلاقات المسيحية-الاسلامية والخلافات بين المسيحيين في الشرق الأوسط / الدكتور جان جوزيف / ترجمة حنا عيسى تومـا

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Library | Comments Off on العلاقات المسيحية-الاسلامية والخلافات بين المسيحيين في الشرق الأوسط / الدكتور جان جوزيف / ترجمة حنا عيسى تومـا

السريان في طور عابدين ( تركيا ) – السريان في سوريا – السريان في لبنان 1 السريان في طور عابدين حين انتهت الحرب العالمية الأولى سنة 1918 كانت الأوضاع الداخلية في ما يسمى ” بالإمبراطورية العثمانية ” مضطربة جدّاً . فقد كانت أسعار المواد الغذائية وغالبية السلع الاستهلاكية باهظة جداً . ففي استنبول ، على سبيل المثال ، كان...

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Lady Wisdom as the Created Co-Creator in Syriac Proverbs/ Alan Moss

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Library | Comments Off on Lady Wisdom as the Created Co-Creator in Syriac Proverbs/ Alan Moss

Abstract The characteristics of Wisdom in the Syriac translation of the Bible may be explored by comparing the Syriac text with the two recognised sources, Hebrew and Greek. In the main, Syriac Wisdom is very similar to Hebrew Wisdom and many of the Greek innovations are not employed. She was made before the universe to work with God and to be close to humans.  In Syriac her role in creation is more evidently in parallel God’s own constructive activity. Canonical Wisdom in Syriac may be understood as a distinct biblical portrait, not as a collage of sources. The poem where...

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Is the Deification of Man an Unchristian, Unbiblical Doctrine? Kerry A. Shirts

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Library | Comments Off on Is the Deification of Man an Unchristian, Unbiblical Doctrine? Kerry A. Shirts

This paper will explore the idea using Biblical and extra-biblical materials showing how new research from the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as from the Syriac Christian perspective has opened the field into interesting possibilities not thought feasible by many in Western Christianity until now. Crispin H.T. Fletcher-Louis has noted that the Qumran writings held a belief in an angelmorphic or divine humanity, which is rooted “in the prelapsarian identity of Adam, which is then recovered by Israel, her patriarchal heroes, her lawgiver, mediatorial figures such as the priest, king and...

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Simon of Taiboutheh Posted by Macrina

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Library | Comments Off on Simon of Taiboutheh Posted by Macrina

This is my report of the second conference from the colloquium on the Syrian Fathers in Ghent last weekend. Please see my earlier disclaimer regarding the accuracy of my reporting and translations! Dom André Louf, ocso is abbot emeritus of the abbey of Mont des Cats in France and author of several books, including Teach us to Pray, The Cistercian Way and Grace can do more. He is now a hermit and translates Syrian texts. He was responsible for the French translation of the second series of St Isaac’s homilies. Our information concerning the life of Simeon comes from two Syrian chroniclers...

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