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RobS said:
BTW, can anyone point me in the direction of a good book on St Seraphim of Sarov? The texts I saw on amazon seem incomplete but I could be wrong. My priest said something about a saint who wrote a book on St. Seraphim that came directly from him. I don't know the name.
I'm a little unclear here. Are you looking for a biography, or stuff that he wrote/ said himself? For the former, I believe the book by Fr. Lazarus Moore (currently printed with the title An Extraordinary Peace) is supposed to be the best. In any case it's the one I read. Apart from his biography it also includes some accounts of miracles attributed to him and also his famous conversation with Motovilov.

In terms of his teaching, I believe everything recorded from him is collected in the Little Russian Philokalia, Volume 1. I also think most or all of this material is included in Fedotov's A Treasury of Russian Spirituality.
 

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Iconodule said:
RobS said:
BTW, can anyone point me in the direction of a good book on St Seraphim of Sarov? The texts I saw on amazon seem incomplete but I could be wrong. My priest said something about a saint who wrote a book on St. Seraphim that came directly from him. I don't know the name.
I'm a little unclear here. Are you looking for a biography, or stuff that he wrote/ said himself? For the former, I believe the book by Fr. Lazarus Moore (currently printed with the title An Extraordinary Peace) is supposed to be the best. In any case it's the one I read. Apart from his biography it also includes some accounts of miracles attributed to him and also his famous conversation with Motovilov.

In terms of his teaching, I believe everything recorded from him is collected in the Little Russian Philokalia, Volume 1. I also think most or all of this material is included in Fedotov's A Treasury of Russian Spirituality.
Thanks a lot. Sorry for being unclear, yeah I'm looking for what St. Seraphim said/wrote than a biography. I'll take a look at those two.
 

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The Fedotov book is online here: http://www.passaicrussianchurch.com/books/english/russian_spirituality_fedotov.htm
 

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The Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God by St. John Maximovitch

Nice to read something non-academic and kind of devotional dogmatics. I've often wondered the real spiritual use of dogmatics but this book a lot different to how Orthodox is usually presented at least for Westerners.
 

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Continuum: Q-Space

How could a book about the Q continuum be bad? Guess I might find out... (hopefully not)
 

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Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Genesis (in Chap 1 currently)
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Finished RPO and Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace Revisited" and am now working on Dante's Divine Comedy
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Haven't been able to read much lately. Been working on a writing project, which has really been draining me.

Hoping to get back to "Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death" at some point.
 

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Iconodule said:
I just picked up Fr Maximos' translation of the Ambigua, volume 1.
Have you had a chance to start reading this yet?
 

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Wrapping up the second chapter of Adrian Goldsworthy's Caesar: Life of a Colossus.
 

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Barlaam the Calabrian: Three Treatises on Papal Primacy, intro/translation by Tia M. Kolbaba
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Finished "Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God" by St. John Maximovitch. It was OK, I wouldn't recommend it. I did like the icons printed in the pages though.

Still reading Being as Communion (which is superb) and Orthodox Dogmatic Theology. Read a chapter from Fr Meyendorff's Byzantine Theology.

Just ordered the Analytical-Literal Translation of the NT by Gary F. Zeolla in paperback. It is an English translation of the Byzantine Majority Text. Very excited to start reading it, I was impressed by the scripture examples on his website. I wonder if anyone here has read this translation.

Lattimore's NT translation arrives in the mail today. I got a preview version of it on my phone yesterday and I really enjoyed his translation of Matthew.

Per Agabus' recommendation, ordered the Catholic Holy Bible Reader's Edition (NLT) and CSB Reader's Bible. I'd like to get an NABRE Bible in the future sometime and also the NETS.
 

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I probably have too many Bibles but I'm interested in the New Catholic Bible published by the Catholic Truth Society. It's the old Jerusalem Bible, but modified to use "LORD" instead of "Yahweh" in the Old Testament and has the Grail Psalms. The use of "Yahweh" was my main gripe with the old Jerusalem Bible which is otherwise quite beautiful.
 

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Iconodule said:
I probably have too many Bibles but I'm interested in the New Catholic Bible published by the Catholic Truth Society. It's the old Jerusalem Bible, but modified to use "LORD" instead of "Yahweh" in the Old Testament and has the Grail Psalms. The use of "Yahweh" was my main gripe with the old Jerusalem Bible which is otherwise quite beautiful.
LOL Iconodule don't tempt me with looking at another Bible! ;D Like you, I have way too many. Not really a bad thing though, it's helpful for serious study.

I don't care for the use of "Yahweh" either, but I am a fan of the Jerusalem Bible so I guess I'll add that to the Christmas wishlist.

BTW have you picked up any fairy tale compilations recently? Would love to get your recommendations. My priest was talking about some Russian fairy tales the other day and it got me curious. Honestly more interested in the good ol' traditional fairy tales I knew growing up as a kid.
 

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Afanasyev's book Russian Fairy Tales is where it's at. I don't think you'll find all of them radically different from Grimm's type tales, some in fact are variants of familiar Western (or even Eurasian) stories, such as the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Then there are the awesome tales of Baba Yaga, Koschei the Deathless, and Vasilissa the Brave.

For a more wide-ranging collection, there are Andrew Lang's fairy tale books, which are classics. They are mostly European but there's some stuff from the Arabian nights, China, and Japan.

Possibly my favorite fairy tale book would be Padraic Colum's The King of Ireland's Son.
 

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Continuum: Q-Space

How could a book about the Q continuum be bad? Guess I might find out... (hopefully not)
This ended up being like 3/10. Meh.
 

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Iconodule said:
I probably have too many Bibles but I'm interested in the New Catholic Bible published by the Catholic Truth Society. It's the old Jerusalem Bible, but modified to use "LORD" instead of "Yahweh" in the Old Testament and has the Grail Psalms. The use of "Yahweh" was my main gripe with the old Jerusalem Bible which is otherwise quite beautiful.
I have about 15 Bibles. My most recent acquisitions were Portuguese-languages Protestant Bibles from the early XX century that looked just new, an Esperanto Bible and the Jerusalem Bible in French.

I also find the use of Yahweh in the JB strange, but they recommend themselves not saying it when reading aloud in the introduction, using "our Lord" instead IIRC. It's just a matter of strict formal equivalence, such as in Jehovah Young's Literal Translation. I'm not a big fan, though. At least of the Portuguese version.
 

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I forgot I had DBH's New Testament translation pre-ordered, it arrived today.

Here's how he translates the Gospel according to St. John 1:1-5:

"In the origin there was the Logos, and the Logos was present with GOD, and the Logos was god; This one was present with GOD in the origin. All things came to be through him, and without him came to be not a single thing that has come to be. In him was life, and this life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not conquer it."

To be fair to DBH, he does offer a postcript to the prologue of St. John's Gospel (I'll post a picture of the first page below)

His translation of Matthew 6:5-6:

"And when you pray do not be like those who are playacting; for they love to pray while standing in the synagogues and on the corners of streets, so that they may be visible to men; I tell you truly, they have their recompense in full."

John 6:33:

"I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace in me. In the cosmos you have suffering; but take heart - I have conquered the cosmos."

Matthew 9:11-13:

"And, seeing this, the Pharisees said to his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?' But he heard them and said, 'The hale do not have need of a physician, but rather those who are ill. Go then and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'; for I came to call not the upright, but sinners.'"

Romans 8:37-39:

"Rather, in all these things we more than conquer through the one who has loved us. For I have been persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor Archons nor things present nor things imminent nor Powers, Nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord."




 

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Iconodule said:
Afanasyev's book Russian Fairy Tales is where it's at. I don't think you'll find all of them radically different from Grimm's type tales, some in fact are variants of familiar Western (or even Eurasian) stories, such as the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Then there are the awesome tales of Baba Yaga, Koschei the Deathless, and Vasilissa the Brave.
Used to have that book. Lost it in the basement flood before I could read it.
 

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Is DBH an annihlationist? Or is he just doing the "hope for apokastasis" shtick?
 

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Volnutt said:
Is DBH an annihlationist? Or is he just doing the "hope for apokastasis" shtick?
Here I uploaded the rest of the section, thought you might be interested:

https://imgur.com/a/efRVm

He talks about "annihlationist" in the 5th image, pg546.

Sorry if the photos are hard to read from.
 

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The Mind of the Orthodox Church / Hierotheos Vlachos; translated by Esther Williams
 

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Iconodule said:
Afanasyev's book Russian Fairy Tales is where it's at.
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To Rob S. reply#5461: These translations seem fine and scholarly. It seems like the gist of his translation is one of necessity but I do not see anything much different in these examples than I would from a New King James Version ( for ex.). I am not asking for other examples, i just do not see the radical Gospel jumping out at me here.
 

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Friedman, R. E. (2003). The Bible with Sources Revealed: A New View into the Five Books of Moses. New York, New York: HarperSan Francisco.

The verses in the Five Books of Moses are color-coded, depending upon if the verse comes from the J, E, P, or D Source.
 

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i just do not see the radical Gospel jumping out at me here.
It's the sole reason I got his translation because I wanted him to render the Scriptures in a way that would clearly impose on the reader the radical nature of the Gospel. You've read his article Christ's Rabble, so I was looking forward to reading a more starkly forceful NT.

Like I said in that other thread, haven't read enough of it yet. Frankly I've been blown away by how good Lattimore's translation is that brings the NT to life and its immediacy in shaping me as a Christian, if that makes sense.
 

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RobS said:
recent convert said:
i just do not see the radical Gospel jumping out at me here.
It's the sole reason I got his translation because I wanted him to render the Scriptures in a way that would clearly impose on the reader the radical nature of the Gospel. You've read his article Christ's Rabble, so I was looking forward to reading a more starkly forceful NT.
Not enough in any of the modern translations that you are falling far short of, or what? ;)
 

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mcarmichael said:
RobS said:
recent convert said:
i just do not see the radical Gospel jumping out at me here.
It's the sole reason I got his translation because I wanted him to render the Scriptures in a way that would clearly impose on the reader the radical nature of the Gospel. You've read his article Christ's Rabble, so I was looking forward to reading a more starkly forceful NT.
Not enough in any of the modern translations that you are falling far short of, or what? ;)
Lol my main problem is I've grown apathetic towards the usual suspects (KJV, RSV, NIV, etc) cause I'm so familiar with them. It's difficult for me to notice the harshness of the Gospels. A fresh set of eyes translating the Scriptures might strike me enough to overcome a sense of banality. Or give interesting insights, makes you rethink your own assumptions on the most popular passages. Or it can change the way you read them.
 

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RobS said:
mcarmichael said:
RobS said:
recent convert said:
i just do not see the radical Gospel jumping out at me here.
It's the sole reason I got his translation because I wanted him to render the Scriptures in a way that would clearly impose on the reader the radical nature of the Gospel. You've read his article Christ's Rabble, so I was looking forward to reading a more starkly forceful NT.
Not enough in any of the modern translations that you are falling far short of, or what? ;)
Lol my main problem is I've grown apathetic towards the usual suspects (KJV, RSV, NIV, etc) cause I'm so familiar with them. It's difficult for me to notice the harshness of the Gospels. A fresh set of eyes translating the Scriptures might strike me enough to overcome a sense of banality. Or give interesting insights, makes you rethink your own assumptions on the most popular passages. Or it can change the way you read them.
Ah, c'mon. You've achieved such a high level of theosis that none of the traditional texts are even a challenge. Just say so, already! :)

Here I am, following social media. (no offense to twitter.)
 

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My priest gave me the Old Orthodox prayer book, and ummm yeah there's a lot of bowing...
 

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RobS said:
My priest gave me the Old Orthodox prayer book, and ummm yeah there's a lot of bowing...
Bowing is still beyond my physical capabilities.
 

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I was bowing before I started Orthodoxy. I suppose there is something very formal about it?
 

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