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« Reply #3735 on: January 27, 2014, 05:48:34 AM »

Reading a selection of Greek speaking lyric poets from 8th-6th century including Archilochus, Mimnermus, Tyrtaeus, Sappho, Alcaeus and Alcman.  Good stuff.

Indeed, but quite fragmentary. What edition are you reading?
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« Reply #3736 on: January 27, 2014, 01:00:43 PM »

Reading a selection of Greek speaking lyric poets from 8th-6th century including Archilochus, Mimnermus, Tyrtaeus, Sappho, Alcaeus and Alcman.  Good stuff.

Indeed, but quite fragmentary. What edition are you reading?

It's the one edited by Campbell.
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« Reply #3737 on: January 29, 2014, 04:58:11 PM »

An interesting historical book called Glorious Misadventures by Owen Matthews. It shows the Russian ambitions in the Pacific Northwest and the lost possibility of a Russian America. Imagine, if you will, that California, rather than being Spanish in its history, was deeply Russian. That British Columbia and Alaska were Russian and stayed Russian. The whole face of what is North America would be different. I can't imagine what the Cold War would have been like with Russia right next door, if there would have even been a Soviet Union. I have only read a bit into it, but it's interesting to think that Russia, had things gone different, might have had the Pacific cost.
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« Reply #3738 on: January 29, 2014, 05:27:35 PM »



I'mma go dig up my copy of Witch Craze next...
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« Reply #3739 on: January 29, 2014, 08:54:34 PM »

The Languages of Native North America by Marianne Mithun. You need some basic knowledge of linguistics, but it's very readable and full of interesting facts.

Wow, that name is a blast from the past!  I did my Linguistics BA at UC Santa Barbara where she was on faculty.  I didn't take anything but basic classes with her, but you just gave me a moment of nostalgia.   Wink

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« Reply #3740 on: January 29, 2014, 10:03:14 PM »

Reading a selection of Greek speaking lyric poets from 8th-6th century including Archilochus, Mimnermus, Tyrtaeus, Sappho, Alcaeus and Alcman.  Good stuff.

Indeed, but quite fragmentary. What edition are you reading?


Don't know if you heard but new poems have recently been discovered written by Sapphire of Lesbos.
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« Reply #3741 on: January 31, 2014, 10:54:16 AM »

Smith's Bible Dictionary, by William Smith

I got an old, beat up version from 1967, but it'll work just fine I guess.
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« Reply #3742 on: February 01, 2014, 12:26:00 AM »

Confessions of St. Augustine also now.
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« Reply #3743 on: February 01, 2014, 10:43:17 AM »

A Life Together: Wisdom of Community From the Christian East, by Bp. Seraphim Sigrist
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« Reply #3744 on: February 01, 2014, 10:48:18 AM »

Reading a selection of Greek speaking lyric poets from 8th-6th century including Archilochus, Mimnermus, Tyrtaeus, Sappho, Alcaeus and Alcman.  Good stuff.

Indeed, but quite fragmentary. What edition are you reading?


Don't know if you heard but new poems have recently been discovered written by Sapphire of Lesbos.

I've heard it. One complete poem and one fragment. We only had one complete poem of Sappho before this discovery (fragment 1), so it has doubled.
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« Reply #3745 on: February 01, 2014, 12:26:39 PM »

So I saw a copy of New American Standard Bible at a flea market. I guess I wouldn't have any real use for it as English not my first language but as a bit of a bibliophile I was tempted to buy. Is it used by any Orthodox jurisdiction anywhere?
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« Reply #3746 on: February 01, 2014, 04:57:00 PM »

So I saw a copy of New American Standard Bible at a flea market. I guess I wouldn't have any real use for it as English not my first language but as a bit of a bibliophile I was tempted to buy. Is it used by any Orthodox jurisdiction anywhere?

If you are a bibliophile and can spare the money, there are worse things to do than buying an NASB, it's a very good translation in a lot of ways.  I'm not sure if any Orthodox jurisdiction uses it, however. 
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« Reply #3747 on: February 02, 2014, 10:24:12 AM »

In what way it is a good translation?
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« Reply #3748 on: February 02, 2014, 03:02:31 PM »

In what way it is a good translation?

I took a class on the prophecy of Hosea a few years ago.  At every meeting, the professor went through one chapter of Hosea verse by verse, making commentary as he went along.  While the rest of us used an English Bible (most of us using the RSV), he used the Hebrew and translated on the spot directly from the text.  He would then talk to us about how the RSV translated this or that badly. 

But there was always one student who would say that his Bible translated the text in the way the professor translated it, pretty much verbatim every time.  And that translation was the NASB.  The professor hadn't really used it much before, but when it kept getting things right that he thought the RSV got wrong, he began to endorse it more. 

It's hardly an infallible recommendation, but it's good enough for me.  My default Bible is the RSV, but for study purposes I'll usually consult the Greek text, the Syriac text, the NASB, the JPS translation (if reading the OT), and a Vulgate translation.   
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« Reply #3749 on: February 02, 2014, 03:21:01 PM »

That sounds fairly nice as I've used to fairly verbatim translation myself. In here most people use translations made by the lutheran state church. The most recent translations was of more dynamic approach but I've used to the translation from the 1930's which AFAIK was translated fairly verbatim. The verbatim method might produce some funny grammar when various hebraisms are translated into another language but I actually like an idea of Bible-language being a bit different from colloquial language.
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« Reply #3750 on: February 02, 2014, 06:23:11 PM »

Introduction to the Triodion by Florovsky.
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« Reply #3751 on: February 03, 2014, 11:44:10 PM »

I read that one a long time ago. I think I still have it. I need to revisit it from an Orthodox perspective. Although I must say that even back then I had serious problems with Dostoevsky and Kierkegaard being lumped in with Nietzsche and Kafka.

So far I've liked it, though I've not got much into the stuff on Nietzsche and Kafka yet.  Anyway, at this point insight is most of what I'm after, and I've got some out of it, so it's working for me.  angel
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« Reply #3752 on: February 04, 2014, 04:46:49 AM »

St. Basil's Adress to the Young and Plutarch's How To Listen to Poetry. In a month or so I'm going to give a lecture about them.
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« Reply #3753 on: February 04, 2014, 08:11:06 AM »

Feast of Faith by Archbishop Paul of Finland.
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« Reply #3754 on: February 04, 2014, 10:06:58 AM »

From left to right: hard copy, Kindle, with the kidlet:

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« Reply #3755 on: February 04, 2014, 10:33:48 AM »

Feast of Faith by Archbishop Paul of Finland.

Archbishop Paul might be canonized some day. There are already some stories about glowing uncreated light while living and at least one apparition after death that I've read of.

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« Reply #3756 on: February 04, 2014, 10:57:33 AM »

Feast of Faith by Archbishop Paul of Finland.

Archbishop Paul might be canonized some day. There are already some stories about glowing uncreated light while living and at least one apparition after death that I've read of.

Memory Eternal.

So far, I really like his writing.  Very easy to learn from.
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« Reply #3757 on: February 04, 2014, 11:33:28 AM »

Feast of Faith by Archbishop Paul of Finland.

Archbishop Paul might be canonized some day. There are already some stories about glowing uncreated light while living and at least one apparition after death that I've read of.

Memory Eternal.

So far, I really like his writing.  Very easy to learn from.

AFAIK that's how it was intended. It's been some years since I've read Faith We Hold but IIRC is similar in that respect. Basic, simple and easy to learn.

http://books.google.fi/books?id=MwNgiLwNPu0C&pg=PP9&hl=fi&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false
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« Reply #3758 on: February 04, 2014, 11:40:25 AM »

Feast of Faith by Archbishop Paul of Finland.

Archbishop Paul might be canonized some day. There are already some stories about glowing uncreated light while living and at least one apparition after death that I've read of.

Memory Eternal.

So far, I really like his writing.  Very easy to learn from.

AFAIK that's how it was intended. It's been some years since I've read Faith We Hold but IIRC is similar in that respect. Basic, simple and easy to learn.

http://books.google.fi/books?id=MwNgiLwNPu0C&pg=PP9&hl=fi&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

I'm definitely going to get that next.
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« Reply #3759 on: February 07, 2014, 03:45:29 PM »

Been reading my new favorite Amazon reviewer, James O. Thach.

Recently his review of the Infant Circumcision Trainer (White) titled Denise Gets a Doll (possibly NSW? I dunno, we are dying over it here):

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3LCQAPZW6SI3M/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00B5YRV7U&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=3760901&store=hpc

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« Reply #3760 on: February 07, 2014, 06:05:21 PM »

Just went to the used bookstore today, and got a bunch of good older stuff. May start reading 'Shadow,' by Dave Duncan first.  Smiley
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« Reply #3761 on: February 08, 2014, 03:11:58 PM »

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« Reply #3762 on: February 08, 2014, 09:30:30 PM »

Heraclitus: Fragments, A Text and Translation With a Commentary, by T.M. Robinson
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« Reply #3763 on: February 08, 2014, 09:54:29 PM »

Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings by Eric Wheeler.

 I wanted to begin reading Patristics and began with this gem about St. Dorotheos and I absolutely love it.  St. Dorotheos has so much to say for our edification.  Here's a link to the blurb:

http://www.amazon.com/Dorotheos-Of-Gaza-Discourses-Cistercian/dp/0879079339

"A shrewd observer, a master psychologist, an accomplished raconteur, Dorotheos is also a learned man with a prodigious capacity for assimilating in an organized harmony the wisdom of his precedessors in the life of the Spirit. Yet he is far more interested in humbly serving his brethren than in discoursing about the recondite aspects of the hescyhast experience. His genial candor makes him the ideal spiritual master to introduce modern readers to the rich spiritual universe of the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria."
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« Reply #3764 on: February 09, 2014, 02:39:13 AM »

I just finished, "My Elder Joseph the Hesychast," by Elder Ephraim. It was one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. I didn't know there were so many miraculous and supernatural events in the life of Elder Joseph and the young Elder Ephraim. Read this book. It will change your life for the better.

Got it and have just begun reading it, partially based on your review here.

It was a toss up between this or Experiences of Divine Liturgy.  Maybe next month for that one.
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After I got home I was dismayed to find out that this second book is about language and not fashion. Oh well, my extreme makeover will have to wait for another time.
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« Reply #3766 on: February 12, 2014, 05:08:01 PM »

You want to avoid Trinny and Susannah for that. Tongue
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« Reply #3767 on: February 16, 2014, 06:56:07 AM »

Silence by Shusako Endo.

Being interested in Japan and knowing there was a critically acclaimed Christian Author in Japan, I couldn't resist and so far its a wonderful story.
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« Reply #3768 on: February 16, 2014, 02:32:34 PM »

Just finished 'Cat Nap' by Claire Donally.
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« Reply #3769 on: February 16, 2014, 02:38:59 PM »

Doraemon Vols. 1/2 in Japanese

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After I got home I was dismayed to find out that this second book is about language and not fashion. Oh well, my extreme makeover will have to wait for another time.

You might want to read this one next.

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« Reply #3771 on: February 19, 2014, 08:29:51 PM »



This was so bad... so embarrassingly bad.

The author bought his PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is said to be vice president of Multnomah Bible College and dean of the Seminary. Should any Orthodox Christian apply to Multnomah they should be excommunicated immediately, for no less than 7 years.
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This was so bad... so embarrassingly bad.

The author bought his PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is said to be vice president of Multnomah Bible College and dean of the Seminary. Should any Orthodox Christian apply to Multnomah they should be excommunicated immediately, for no less than 7 years.

What was bad about it? Low quality pictures?
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« Reply #3773 on: February 19, 2014, 09:12:10 PM »

The part about it being "a visual history" is just a hook for readers who ordinarily wouldn't touch a theological/religious non-fiction book; the images are actually quite limited and most of the space is devoted to text. The problem is that the text is filled with misleading, fanboyish, or just downright false information.
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« Reply #3774 on: February 19, 2014, 11:38:57 PM »

The part about it being "a visual history" is just a hook for readers who ordinarily wouldn't touch a theological/religious non-fiction book; the images are actually quite limited and most of the space is devoted to text. The problem is that the text is filled with misleading, fanboyish, or just downright false information.

From the subtitle of "from the pulpit to the people," I assume it's some sort of Protestant version or polemic of history?
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« Reply #3775 on: February 19, 2014, 11:41:29 PM »



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^Learn New Testament Greek, by John H. Dobson - for my Biblical Greek course.



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« Reply #3777 on: February 20, 2014, 12:15:35 AM »

The part about it being "a visual history" is just a hook for readers who ordinarily wouldn't touch a theological/religious non-fiction book; the images are actually quite limited and most of the space is devoted to text. The problem is that the text is filled with misleading, fanboyish, or just downright false information.

From the subtitle of "from the pulpit to the people," I assume it's some sort of Protestant version or polemic of history?

Yeah, though it isn't mean spirited, just (besides the main problem of being factually inaccurate) perhaps a bit overenthusiastic. Stuff about how it's great that the Bible started to be read by all the common people, because now everyone can figure out that we shouldn't pray to saints, how we're justified by faith, etc. And I would be fine with that, if that was the only thing. Ahh well. On to one of the books I have sitting on the shelf that I bought but never read...   Grin
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« Reply #3778 on: February 20, 2014, 12:29:23 AM »



Big thanks to Iconodule for this one. Don't think I've been this interested in a text, in well, I don't know how long.

It also forced me to figure out how to use the iPad for something other than nothing that was given to me. With the right settings, you can actually parse some text well on the thing.

So, using it on the iPad and got the paper version for nearly nothing today.

Now I want Jetavan and Iconodule to allow me to pick their brains on this.

I read it once, if you count looking text on a computer reading. Reading now the little that I can due to my schedule and although Iconodule called it "flat footed" I find myself loath to stop reading while not terribly harried to make progress.

Way different than anything else I've read on Buddhism or about it.

Perhaps it would seem pretty basic to most, but what I enjoy over all so far is the authors quite strident stances taken on certain exclusive claims for Buddhism vis-a-vis other religions. or
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« Reply #3779 on: February 20, 2014, 12:45:45 AM »

Are you a seminarian?

Nah, I'm just in a religious studies program.
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