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« Reply #3285 on: September 22, 2013, 10:21:03 PM »

I just received my copy of Sidney H. Griffith's The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the 'People of the Book' in the Language of Islam in the mail today. Unfortunately I'm so exhausted from grading papers and writing a midterm that I haven't done anything beyond look at the pictures (some amazing Coptic/Arabic manuscripts), but I'll start it in earnest tomorrow. I'm pretty dang excited. Griffith is an excellent scholar.

I just finished his The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque, which - apart from some vague, almost offensive statements about the Greek Orthodox Antiochian Church - was great. Anyway, I'm interested in your eventual take on that book as I plan to eventually read more from him.
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« Reply #3286 on: September 22, 2013, 10:22:21 PM »

I love you Papist, but come on we all know Aquinas never wrote anything original.

Reeeeeeeeeeelly? <flips though the 3000 pages of the Summa theologiaeCheesy
Do you think that St. Thomas Aquinas personally wrote everything by himself, or was there a school of monastic scholars working under his direction which produced much of the work attributed to him?
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« Reply #3287 on: September 23, 2013, 04:39:35 PM »

Magic in Ancient Greece and Byzantium. Awkwardly shaped (slim A4, like a magazine), but fascinating nonetheless.
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« Reply #3288 on: September 23, 2013, 04:41:28 PM »

St. Thomas Aquinas' commentary on Boethius' De trinitate.
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« Reply #3289 on: September 23, 2013, 04:49:54 PM »

Cavafy - Collected Poems

I've read his poems innumerable times but still, they won't bore. He's definitely my favorite poet.
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« Reply #3290 on: October 01, 2013, 09:11:17 PM »

Finally reading Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds.   I've been building this book up in my head for some time now.  If it isn't any good my incensive power might lead me to chuck it out the window. 

orthonorm, if you want to borrow this when I am done let me know.  Although I must warn you, I am reading several books along with this one, so it might be a while until you ever see it.
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« Reply #3291 on: October 01, 2013, 11:34:30 PM »

Finally reading Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds.   I've been building this book up in my head for some time now.  If it isn't any good my incensive power might lead me to chuck it out the window.  

orthonorm, if you want to borrow this when I am done let me know.  Although I must warn you, I am reading several books along with this one, so it might be a while until you ever see it.

Awesome. I just saw you sent me a PM. The PM notification thing is buggy anymore. Will get back to you.

Yes, I would be interested if you think it is worth reading and not just some reworking of CBT to fit whatever Ancient Christian Wisdom is, IOW, some heavier version of the Tao of Pooh.

EDIT: Sounds like something right up *'s alley as well. I'll pay for all the shipping if you decide to trust two people with your book who should probably be in therapy rather than reading about it and also being more Ancient Christian wisdomy than reading about it.
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« Reply #3292 on: October 01, 2013, 11:46:36 PM »

Cavafy - Collected Poems

I've read his poems innumerable times but still, they won't bore. He's definitely my favorite poet.

And very underrated, in my opinion.
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« Reply #3293 on: October 02, 2013, 09:26:42 PM »

Finally reading Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds.   I've been building this book up in my head for some time now.  If it isn't any good my incensive power might lead me to chuck it out the window.  

orthonorm, if you want to borrow this when I am done let me know.  Although I must warn you, I am reading several books along with this one, so it might be a while until you ever see it.

Awesome. I just saw you sent me a PM. The PM notification thing is buggy anymore. Will get back to you.

Yes, I would be interested if you think it is worth reading and not just some reworking of CBT to fit whatever Ancient Christian Wisdom is, IOW, some heavier version of the Tao of Pooh.

EDIT: Sounds like something right up *'s alley as well. I'll pay for all the shipping if you decide to trust two people with your book who should probably be in therapy rather than reading about it and also being more Ancient Christian wisdomy than reading about it.

Sounds good.  I'll let you know how it goes.  Sixteen pages in.  Hasn't disappointed yet.  And yeah, Asteriktos can have at it too.  No worries about the shipping.  Save the money and get yourself onto a couch or something.   
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« Reply #3294 on: October 02, 2013, 09:27:34 PM »

The Enneads.
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« Reply #3295 on: October 02, 2013, 09:28:57 PM »

Portrait of the Artist as Young Man...just came in the mail...after seriously 38 days since I bought it.

Oh well.
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« Reply #3296 on: October 02, 2013, 10:06:31 PM »

Women I'd like to read:

Flannery O'Connor
Alice Munro
Toni Morrison
Ursula K. LeGuin
Virginia Woolf
Patricia Highsmith
Eudora Welty
George Eliot
Dawn Powell
Katherine Anne Porter
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« Reply #3297 on: October 03, 2013, 12:58:50 AM »

I finished The Orthodox Way and am now making my way through The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality by Kyriacos C. Markides
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« Reply #3298 on: October 03, 2013, 08:55:45 PM »

The Enneads.

I haven't read that in ages.  Enjoy.
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« Reply #3299 on: October 03, 2013, 09:04:12 PM »

I finished The Orthodox Way and am now making my way through The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality by Kyriacos C. Markides

The Mountain of Silence is excellent!


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« Reply #3300 on: October 03, 2013, 09:08:30 PM »

Women I'd like to read:

Flannery O'Connor
Alice Munro
Toni Morrison
Ursula K. LeGuin
Virginia Woolf
Patricia Highsmith
Eudora Welty
George Eliot
Dawn Powell
Katherine Anne Porter

I'm glad that Flannery O'Connor is at the top of the list. Wonderful writer! My grandmothers knew her. She was from Milledgeville, Ga where my parents are from. One of my favorite quotes of hers:

"Unadaptability is often a virtue. My standard is: when in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville."  

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« Reply #3301 on: October 04, 2013, 01:34:18 PM »

http://www.poemhunter.com/i/ebooks/pdf/gerard_manley_hopkins_2004_9.pdf
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« Reply #3302 on: October 04, 2013, 02:12:17 PM »

The Anthologia Graeca. For some reason it makes me sad.
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« Reply #3303 on: October 04, 2013, 11:08:15 PM »

The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600) / Jaroslav Pelikan. V. 1 of the series: The Christian Tradition: a History of the Development of Doctrine.
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« Reply #3304 on: October 07, 2013, 03:22:57 PM »

The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600) / Jaroslav Pelikan. V. 1 of the series: The Christian Tradition: a History of the Development of Doctrine.

correct me if I am wrong , this guy ended up in the orthodox church, didnt he?
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« Reply #3305 on: October 07, 2013, 03:37:52 PM »

He ended up in the Orthodox Church and ended in the Orthodox Church. 
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« Reply #3306 on: October 07, 2013, 05:03:03 PM »

I'm reading John Gray's Straw Dogs. I came across with the saying "morality doesn't make us better persons but it does make our vices more interesting." Probably he's merely paraphrasing some 18th century libertine.
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« Reply #3307 on: October 07, 2013, 06:42:31 PM »

He ended up in the Orthodox Church and ended in the Orthodox Church. 

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« Reply #3308 on: October 07, 2013, 06:45:22 PM »

The Epistle of St. James.  angel I am making my way through the NT on audiobook, using a NKJV edition I got from Audible.com. It helps me fit in a little more Bible time than usual, because I can listen on the way to work.
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« Reply #3309 on: October 07, 2013, 07:03:30 PM »

The Epistle of St. James.  angel I am making my way through the NT on audiobook, using a NKJV edition I got from Audible.com. It helps me fit in a little more Bible time than usual, because I can listen on the way to work.

In my own experience, I've found that a decent audio Bible is the best way to get through a lot of the Old Testament historical books.  For instance, after the first seven or so chapters of Joshua, I would surely have given up or skimmed the rest if I was reading from an actual Bible. 
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« Reply #3310 on: October 07, 2013, 09:42:03 PM »

The Epistle of St. James.  angel I am making my way through the NT on audiobook, using a NKJV edition I got from Audible.com. It helps me fit in a little more Bible time than usual, because I can listen on the way to work.

In my own experience, I've found that a decent audio Bible is the best way to get through a lot of the Old Testament historical books.  For instance, after the first seven or so chapters of Joshua, I would surely have given up or skimmed the rest if I was reading from an actual Bible. 

No way, that's when all the good stuff starts. Actually, the only parts of the OT I would say are really skimmable is about half of the Pentateuch.
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« Reply #3311 on: October 07, 2013, 10:04:07 PM »

The Epistle of St. James.  angel I am making my way through the NT on audiobook, using a NKJV edition I got from Audible.com. It helps me fit in a little more Bible time than usual, because I can listen on the way to work.

In my own experience, I've found that a decent audio Bible is the best way to get through a lot of the Old Testament historical books.  For instance, after the first seven or so chapters of Joshua, I would surely have given up or skimmed the rest if I was reading from an actual Bible. 

No way, that's when all the good stuff starts. Actually, the only parts of the OT I would say are really skimmable is about half of the Pentateuch.

I like the genealogies. Proverbs is the most boring part.
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« Reply #3312 on: October 07, 2013, 10:16:41 PM »

The Epistle of St. James.  angel I am making my way through the NT on audiobook, using a NKJV edition I got from Audible.com. It helps me fit in a little more Bible time than usual, because I can listen on the way to work.

In my own experience, I've found that a decent audio Bible is the best way to get through a lot of the Old Testament historical books.  For instance, after the first seven or so chapters of Joshua, I would surely have given up or skimmed the rest if I was reading from an actual Bible. 

No way, that's when all the good stuff starts. Actually, the only parts of the OT I would say are really skimmable is about half of the Pentateuch.

I like the genealogies. Proverbs is the most boring part.

And arguably the most dangerous.

Too many protestants think that stuff is not in the irony genre.
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« Reply #3313 on: October 07, 2013, 10:18:44 PM »

The Epistle of St. James.  angel I am making my way through the NT on audiobook, using a NKJV edition I got from Audible.com. It helps me fit in a little more Bible time than usual, because I can listen on the way to work.

In my own experience, I've found that a decent audio Bible is the best way to get through a lot of the Old Testament historical books.  For instance, after the first seven or so chapters of Joshua, I would surely have given up or skimmed the rest if I was reading from an actual Bible. 

No way, that's when all the good stuff starts. Actually, the only parts of the OT I would say are really skimmable is about half of the Pentateuch.

I like the genealogies. Proverbs is the most boring part.

And arguably the most dangerous.

Too many protestants think that stuff is not in the irony genre.

To be fair to the Protestants, RCs don't read the Bible and Odox don't hear that part chanted in a language they don't understand.
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« Reply #3314 on: October 07, 2013, 10:29:53 PM »

No way, that's when all the good stuff starts. Actually, the only parts of the OT I would say are really skimmable is about half of the Pentateuch.

I should clarify that I meant the above only with regard to books like Joshua.  I really like Judges, but to have to slog through chapter upon chapter of war stats in Joshua in order to get to it is annoying (even if it is Scripture) for someone as noetically defiled as I.  I have the same issue with genealogies, census details, etc. 
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« Reply #3315 on: October 07, 2013, 10:33:23 PM »

I just finished Hymn of Entry by Archimandrite Vasileios, lent to me by someone at church

Very though provoking in terms of the interconnected nature of the Church


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« Reply #3316 on: October 07, 2013, 10:33:49 PM »

The Epistle of St. James.  angel I am making my way through the NT on audiobook, using a NKJV edition I got from Audible.com. It helps me fit in a little more Bible time than usual, because I can listen on the way to work.

In my own experience, I've found that a decent audio Bible is the best way to get through a lot of the Old Testament historical books.  For instance, after the first seven or so chapters of Joshua, I would surely have given up or skimmed the rest if I was reading from an actual Bible. 

No way, that's when all the good stuff starts. Actually, the only parts of the OT I would say are really skimmable is about half of the Pentateuch.

I like the genealogies. Proverbs is the most boring part.

And arguably the most dangerous.

Too many protestants think that stuff is not in the irony genre.

So I'm not the only one who reads it thinking "Yes, but... yes, but..."  ?
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« Reply #3317 on: October 07, 2013, 10:36:45 PM »

Some gems from Proverbs:

"As a gold ring in a swine’s snout, so is a beautiful woman from whom sense has departed" (Proverbs 11:22).
"It is better to live in a desert than with a contentious and angry woman" (Proverbs 21:19).
"It is better to live on a corner of a roof, than in a house of companionship with a quarrelsome wife" (Proverbs 25:24).
"A constant dripping on a rainstormy day and a quarrelsome woman are alike" (Proverbs 27:15).

"Like snow in the summer and like rain at harvest, so is honor unbefitting for a fool" (Proverbs 26:3).
"A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the body of fools" (Proverbs 26:3).
"Like a thorn that goes into the hand of the drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools" (Proverbs 26:9).
"Like a dog that returns to his vomit, so does a fool repeat his folly" (Proverbs 26:11).

"The lazy man says, ‘there is a lion on the road, a lion is between the streets’ " (Proverbs 26:13).
"The door turns on its hinges, and the lazy man on his bed" (Proverbs 26:14).
"The lazy man buries his hand in the dish; it wearies him to return it to his mouth" (Proverbs 26:15).
"A lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who give advice" (Proverbs 26:16).
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« Reply #3318 on: October 07, 2013, 10:38:03 PM »

So I'm not the only one who reads it thinking "Yes, but... yes, but..."  ?

I find myself doing that a lot in Sirach.  Sometimes I just smile and laugh because I don't know what to make of something I read there, so far removed does it seem from what we usually associate with Christianity.  

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Proverbs, not after the first few chapters.  One or two verses/proverbs at a time is fine, but more than that and it feels like you just cracked open a bushel of fortune cookies but didn't eat even one.  
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« Reply #3319 on: October 07, 2013, 10:44:35 PM »

So I'm not the only one who reads it thinking "Yes, but... yes, but..."  ?

I find myself doing that a lot in Sirach.  Sometimes I just smile and laugh because I don't know what to make of something I read there, so far removed does it seem from what we usually associate with Christianity.  

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Proverbs, not after the first few chapters.  One or two verses/proverbs at a time is fine, but more than that and it feels like you just cracked open a bushel of fortune cookies but didn't eat even one.  

Who eats fortune cookies?

They might be one for the few things worse than Proverbs in the typical mouth at the all you can eat Chinese so mamma doesn't have to work on the Sabbath Buffet after Sunday services.
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« Reply #3320 on: October 07, 2013, 10:47:35 PM »

I always eat one, but never at the Chinese buffet.  Tongue
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« Reply #3321 on: October 09, 2013, 01:57:30 PM »

A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich

I picked up this book at a used bookstore.  I might start reading it  . . . any comments OC.net?
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« Reply #3322 on: October 09, 2013, 02:08:53 PM »

Harry Dresden - Cold Days.  I wish I had something weightier to boost my ego with, but alas, I don't like to fall asleep while reading.  It hurts my back.  The only times I fall asleep reading Dresden is when it is ridiculously late and I should have been in bed hours before.
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« Reply #3323 on: October 09, 2013, 02:21:05 PM »

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Proverbs, not after the first few chapters.  One or two verses/proverbs at a time is fine, but more than that and it feels like you just cracked open a bushel of fortune cookies but didn't eat even one.  

Christian fortune cookies with verses from Proverbs would be a massive hit in the Bible Belt. Could make someone millions. You could get a free bumper sticker with every bag.
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« Reply #3324 on: October 09, 2013, 02:23:08 PM »

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Proverbs, not after the first few chapters.  One or two verses/proverbs at a time is fine, but more than that and it feels like you just cracked open a bushel of fortune cookies but didn't eat even one.  

Christian fortune cookies with verses from Proverbs would be a massive hit in the Bible Belt. Could make someone millions. You could get a free bumper sticker with every bag.

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« Reply #3325 on: October 09, 2013, 02:29:40 PM »

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Proverbs, not after the first few chapters.  One or two verses/proverbs at a time is fine, but more than that and it feels like you just cracked open a bushel of fortune cookies but didn't eat even one.  

Christian fortune cookies with verses from Proverbs would be a massive hit in the Bible Belt. Could make someone millions. You could get a free bumper sticker with every bag.

Testamints and WWJD bracelets worked, so why not?
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« Reply #3326 on: October 09, 2013, 02:56:00 PM »

A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich

I picked up this book at a used bookstore.  I might start reading it  . . . any comments OC.net?

Pop history.
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« Reply #3327 on: October 09, 2013, 03:19:52 PM »

A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich

I picked up this book at a used bookstore.  I might start reading it  . . . any comments OC.net?

Pop history.

Is there a better place to start for a survey of Byzantine history?
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« Reply #3328 on: October 09, 2013, 04:41:08 PM »

What's a Testament?
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« Reply #3329 on: October 09, 2013, 04:41:29 PM »

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Proverbs, not after the first few chapters.  One or two verses/proverbs at a time is fine, but more than that and it feels like you just cracked open a bushel of fortune cookies but didn't eat even one.  

Christian fortune cookies with verses from Proverbs would be a massive hit in the Bible Belt. Could make someone millions. You could get a free bumper sticker with every bag.

DO IT! DO IT! There's money to be made!
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