Monday, May 27, 2019

Fine used books for sale
(constantly updated) /

Εξαιρετικά μεταχειρισμένα βιβλία προς πώληση
(συνεχής ενημέρωση)

Charles Norris Cochrane
Christianity and Classical Culture
Liberty Fund, Inc, Paperback, 2010

Charles Freeman,
A New History of Early Christianity
Yale University Press, Hardcover, 2009

Basil Tatakis
Christian Philosophy in the Patristic and Byzantine Tradition
Orthodox Research Institute, Paperback, 2007

Preachers Present Arms: The Role of the American Churches and Clergy
in World War I and II with Some Observations on the War in Vietnam

Paperback, Wipf & Stock Publ., Paperback, 2009

If interested, please send me a message here.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Psalm 94|93 in Jerusalem Bible /

Ο Ψαλμός 94|93 στη Βίβλο της Ιερουσαλήμ

Psalm 94|93, JB

Yahweh, God of revenge,
God of revenge, appear!

Rise, judge of the world,
give the proud their deserts!

Yahweh, how much longer are the wicked,
how much longer are the wicked to triumph?

Are these evil men to remain unsilenced,
boasting and asserting themselves?

Yahweh, they crush your people,
they oppress your hereditary people,

murdering and massacring widows, orphans and guests.

‘Yahweh sees nothing,’ they say
‘the God of Jacob takes no notice.’

You most stupid of men, you fools,
think this over and learn some sense.

Is the inventor of the ear unable to hear?
The creator of the eye unable to see?

The punisher of the pagans unable to punish?
Yahweh the teacher of mankind

knows exactly how men think,
how their thoughts are a puff of wind.

Yahweh, happy the man whom you instruct,
the man whom you teach through your law;

his mind is at peace though times are bad,
while a pit is being dug for the wicked.

For Yahweh has not abandoned
or deserted his hereditary people;

for verdict will return to righteousness again,
and, in its wake, all upright hearts.

No one ever stood up for me against the wicked,
not a soul took a stand to save me from evil men;

without Yahweh's help,
I should, long ago, have gone to the Home of Silence.

I need only say, 'I am slipping',
and your love, Yahweh, immediately supports me;

and in the middle of all my troubles
you console me and make me happy.

You never consent to that corrupt tribunal
that imposes disorder as law,

that takes the life of the virtuous
and condemns the innocent to death.

No! Yahweh is still my citadel,
my God is a rock where I take shelter;

he will pay them back for all their sins,
he will silence their wickedness,
Yahweh our God will silence them.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Persecution on grounds of religious faith
as a global phenomenon /

Ο διωγμός βάσει θρησκευτικής πίστης
ώς παγκόσμιο φαινόμενο

Persecution on grounds of religious faith is a global phenomenon that is growing in scale and intensity. Reports including that of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on ‘Freedom of Religion and Belief’ (FoRB) suggest that religious persecution is on the rise,1 and it is an “ever-growing threat” to societies around the world.2 Though it is impossible to know the exact numbers of people persecuted for their faith, based on reports from different NGOs,3 it is estimated that one third of the world’s population suffers from religious persecution in some form, with Christians being the most persecuted group. 
This despite the fact that freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental right of every person. This includes the freedom to change or reject one’s own belief system. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Article 18 defines religious human rights in this way:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)4
Despite the fact that the UDHR is foundational to the UN Charter which is binding on member states, and that ‘the denial of religious liberty is almost everywhere viewed as morally and legally invalid’, in today’s world religious freedom is far from being an existential reality.5
The Review Terms of Reference called for ‘persecution and other discriminatory treatment’ to be researched. In the absence of an agreed academic definition of ‘persecution’ the Review has proceeded on the understanding that persecution is discriminatory treatment where that treatment is accompanied by actual or perceived threats of violence or other forced coercion.

* Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, April 2019.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Η Δέσποινα Ιγνατιάδου
για φυλακτήριο με τετραγράμματη μεταγραφή
του εβραϊκού Τετραγράμματου /

Despoina Ignatiadou
on a gem with a Greek quadriliteral term
rendering the Tetragrmmaton

Οι μαγικοί λίθοι είναι φυλακτά που εικονογραφούνται με μορφές θεοτήτων ή συνδυασμούς τους, με μαγικούς λόγους και με σύμβολα, αρκετά από τα οποία δεν έχουν ακόμη αποκρυπτογραφηθεί. Αναλόγως της εικονογρα-φίας τους θεωρείτο ότι προστάτευαν διαφορετικά μέρη του σώματος. Δημιουργήθηκαν κυρίως το 2ο και 3ο αιώνα. Δύο ημιπολύτιμοι λίθοι με εσώγλυφες παραστάσεις και επιγραφή, δεμένοι με χρυσό, βρέθηκαν σε πλούσιο τάφο, στο εβραϊκό τμήμα του ρωμαϊκού νεκροταφείου της Θεσσαλονίκης.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

on trinitarian hypostasis and physis /

Ο ψΑθανάσιος
περί τριαδικής ὑποστάσεως και φύσεως

Μακεδ. Πάλιν οὖν τὰ τρία ἓν λέγω.
Ὀρθ. Ταῖς ὑποστάσεσιν οὐχ ἓν, ἀλλὰ τρία.
Μακεδ. Πῶς οὖνλέγω μίαν φύσιν;
Ὅτι ὁμοίως ὁ Πατὴρ, καὶ ὁ Υἱὸς, καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα, τὴν τοῦ Πατρὸς ἀθανασίαν ἔχει. Καὶ ὥσπερ Παῦλος, καὶ Πέτρος, καὶ Τιμόθεος, φύσεως μιᾶς εἰσι, καὶ τρεῖς ὑποστάσεις· οὕτως Πατέρα, καὶ Υἱὸν, καὶ ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, τρεῖς ὑποστάσεις λέγω, καὶ μίαν φύσιν.
Ἀλλὰ τῶν ἀνθρώπων προϋπάρχουσιν ἄλλοι ἄνθρωποι· ἄρα καὶ Πατρὸς, καὶ Υἱοῦ, καὶ ἁγίου Πνεύματος προϋπάρχει ἄλλη φύσις.
Ὀρθ. Μὴ γένοιτο!
Μακεδ. Πῶς οὖν λέγεις· Οὕτως, ὡς ἐπὶ ἀνθρώπων;
Ὀρθ. Τῶν μὲν ἀνθρώπων, Παύλου, καὶ Πέτρου, καὶ Τιμοθέου, προϋπάρχουσιν ἄνθρωποι, καὶ τῶν πρὸ αὐτῶν ἄλλοι· τοῦ δὲ Ἀδὰμ οὐ προϋπάρχει ἄλλος, ἀλλ’ αὐτὸς ὁ Θεός. Πατρὸς δὲ καὶ Υἱοῦ, καὶ ἁγίου Πνεύματος οὐδὲν προϋπάρχει· ἀλλ’ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ὁ Υἱὸς γεγέννηται, καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα ἐκπορεύεται.
Μακεδ. Οὐκ ἔστιν οὖν τοῦ Υἱοῦ τὸ Πνεῦμα;
Ὀρθ. Πάντα μὲν τὰ τοῦ Πατρὸς, εἰσὶ καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ.

* Athanasius / Αθανάσιος Αλεξανδρείας,
Dialogi duo contra Macedonianos /
Δύο Λόγοι ἐν εἴδει διαλέξεως μετὰ Μακεδονιανοῦ Πνευματομάχου [Sp.],
PG 28:1304.