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    Books on the history or Byzantine chant

    I'm looking for a good comprehensive history and would appreciate suggestions.  So far, I've come up with the following book authored by Egon Wellesz.  The description claims it is the standard textbook on the subject.  Would you agree...
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    Assassin's Creed: Revelations

    It will feature Constantinople this time--and AT-Taa'ir will return for this one.  Please Ubisoft, this time just give the man his Arabic accent, Syrian of course.
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    Qawsu ya shabaab!

    When they take away your guns, you'll know where to flee now. Easter celebrations in Laathiqiy'ya, Syria.  Now to find some of the same from those maniacs from Crete...
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    Assassin's Creed II (spoilers): any opinions?

    I'll be irresponsible here by starting this thread and not writing about the topic for now while not in the best mood to do so, but I would like to throw it out to anyone who would like to comment.  Has anyone else just have this to say concerning the final revelation and the plot: *GROAN*...
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    Strict Coptic restrictions on drink

    Could a Copt explain this to me? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcTyL2u-FhE Do you really have such restrictions against strong distilled drink like gin or--God forbid you should not be allowed to drink it--`araq?  Is not the responsible enjoyment of alcohol accepted or the good comfort of...
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    Pope Shenouda III on the killings

    4 parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V41tN6ICUX8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5OX4vVIbb8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ3RKjqNwVs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PjbZhsIx8A
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    Video: Amr Adeeb interview with Pope Shenouda III

    A long one in twelve parts.  Also quite recent; it look like Fr. Zakaria Butros and the Virgin's appearance are amongst the topics brought up. Start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPGgnByBb2Y
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    Video pertaining to the Christmas killings in Egypt

    I found this channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/aboandro Warning: there are strong scenes of death from the mortuary. For the Arabic speakers, here are some of the Coptic villagers talking of what had happened that day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgThH9qrVJc
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    E3: Tim Schafer's Brutal Legend

    The Electronic Entertainment Expo for this year reached its conclusion yesterday, and it looks to be an exciting year.  If one thing makes me exceptionally proud of Montreal where I spent some of my years, it is Ubisoft studios, their offices qualifying as a Mecca worthy of pilgrimage.  They...
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    3 Impersonators

    Good fun, but those familiar with homestarrunner.com, who grew up in the 80s on regular doses of Saturday morning cartoons, and who experienced the golden age of P.C. gaming when Sierra and Lucasarts were releasing masterpieces for the adventure genre should especially like these. When Sam and...
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    Comparing the Syriac and Greek versions of the Lord's Prayer

    Many of you would be interested to know that the Syriac Our Father uses the future indicative in the three lines following the first: Hallowed will be Thy Name Thy Kingdom will come The Will will be done... To those who know the Lord's Prayer in Biblical Greek, is this likewise the case with...
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    Ecclesiastical Divorces

    My information is sketchy and it would be a good time to give my mind a clearer picture concerning the Eastern tradition and remarriages. A few questions to those better versed in the subject (Oriental Orthodox could also help by answering with the perspectives of their own churches for...
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    To EkhristosAnesti

    I apologise for having to use public board space in this case. E.A., since you mentioned trouble before with your notification alert for new messages, check your 'my messages' inbox for a p.m. sent a number of days back.
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    Abraham and the 3 Angels

    From a wiki entry: The Old Testament Trinity subject is best known from the famous icon painted by St Andrey Rublev (created sometime between 1408 and 1425). This icon is actually more properly called the "Hospitality of Abraham" (see Genesis 18). The appearance of the three angels to Abraham...
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    Apocalypto, in theatres now According to this libertarian review, it is more or less a manifesto against the State, laying bare before the audience its diabolical savagery and the extent of that wickedness that it is capable of realising.  (For all we know, it might also be a statement against...
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    The aggravating of schism in Coptic Church

    A clerical renegade, Maximos, has begun consecrating bishops to form his own rival synod. It looks like he was already a freelance vagante who has just taken the provocative step of forming an actual synod to compete against the Church's government and to spread (though I...
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    Something new from jibjab.com on the occasion of Passover. http://www.jibjab.com/ In IC XC Samer
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    YHWH and Adonai in the Septuagint

    I was reading an interesting essay on emendations to the Hebrew Bible by Hebrew scribes. It went to speak of how the words 'God' and 'Lord' were rendered in the Hebrew script (and pronounced) and how this is reflected in some English translations. Briefly, according to what I have read, in...
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    Massacre in Agia Sophia

    I seem to recall an account that spoke of a massacre in Hagia Sophia (and if I remember, one committed as prayer services were being led) when the city fell to the Turks. Can anyone confirm whether such was perpetrated? - and if one can cite a primary or secondary source, I would be grateful...
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    Strong Bad E-mail

    People on this board familiar with homestarrunner.com will want to look at this latest and more-amusing-than-usual Strong Bad e-mail. http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail118.html In IC XC Samer