Posts made in March, 2016

mBar Hebraeus’ Chronography The Patriarchs. From Ada to Moses Translated from Syriac by Ernest A. Wallis Budge

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on mBar Hebraeus’ Chronography The Patriarchs. From Ada to Moses Translated from Syriac by Ernest A. Wallis Budge

Oxford University Press London 1932 I The First Series of generations, which beginneth with the Patriarchs. ADAM, the first man, the king of those who are on the earth, according to the opinion of the Divine Book, was created on Friday, the sixth day of the month of NISAN, the first month of year one of the existence of the world, which began on the first day of the week (Sunday), the first day of the month of NISAN. Now ‘ANYANOS (ANIANUS) the monk, adducing testimonies from the Book of ENOCH, saith, that seventy years after the expulsion from PARADISE, ADAM knew EVE, and she brought...

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Sultan Sahak: Founder of the Ahl-i Haqq Dr. Matti Moosa

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on Sultan Sahak: Founder of the Ahl-i Haqq Dr. Matti Moosa

Matti Moosa’s Sultan Sahak: Founder of the Ahl-i Haqq* [Page 214] 18 Sultan Sahak, believed by the Ahl-i Haqq to be the fourth of seven incarnations of the deity, is perhaps their most prominent leader. He appears to be founder of the sect in its present form, as well as the reformer who revived its ancient law. It was he who instituted the covenant of Benyamin, regulated the different offices of his “angels,” or associates, and organized the rituals of initiation and sacrifice. Indeed, many Ahl-i Haqq sayyids (leaders) trace their genealogy to his sons, the Haft-tavana. The...

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Pagan, Christian, and Islamic Elements
in the Beliefs of the Ghulat Matti Moosa

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on Pagan, Christian, and Islamic Elements
in the Beliefs of the Ghulat Matti Moosa

[Page 419] 37 References have been made throughout this study to pagan, Christian, and Islamic elements in the beliefs of contemporary extremist Shiite sects, and especially to such Christian elements as the celebration of festivals, the private and public confession of sins, and the partaking of a ceremonial meal resembling the Lord’s Supper. In this chapter we shall discuss the sources of these elements and show how they found their way into the worship and rituals of extremist Shiite sects, particularly the Kizilbash Kurds of Turkey. It would be easy to dismiss the members of these...

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(جوليا دومنا (170 – 217 م

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on (جوليا دومنا (170 – 217 م

جوليا دومنا (170 – 217 م ) ” إن نهر العاصي (سوريا) يصب في نهر التيبر (ايطاليا) “ جوليا دومنا هل يعرف أحدكم هذا الاسم ؟ القليل القليل ممن له صلة بالتاريخ يعرف هذا الاسم . فتاة من سوريا أصبحت إمبراطورة روما ولا تقل أهمية عن زنوبيا أو كليوباترا وإن كان اسمها لا يتردَّدُ كثيراً إلا لأهل الاختصاص ممن يبحث في تاريخنا القديم ذلك...

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The Gospel of Thomas and Early Stages in the Development of the Christian Wisdom Literature / Alexei Siverstev

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on The Gospel of Thomas and Early Stages in the Development of the Christian Wisdom Literature / Alexei Siverstev

Abstract: This work addresses the theological background of the Gospel of Thomas and its relationship to personified wisdom tradition on the one hand, and to the Syriac Christian tradition of the divine redeemer on the other. The Gospel of Thomas shares a number of unique characteristics with the Syriac literature of the second and third centuries C.E., such as interest in personal asceticism as a means to attain divine wisdom, personal deification, and view of Christ as a state of being most clearly expressed in the man Jesus, but also accessible to his followers. All of these...

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