Monthly Archives: January 2007

Next Patristics Carnival

The next quarterly Patristics Carnival, covering December 2006 through February 2007 will be hosted here in the first week of March. Please submit your entries either to my email listed in the right column of this page, or through the submissions page. I’ll receive them either way.

See Phil Snyder’s weekly Patristic Roundups over at hyperekperissou. Enjoy!

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Next Biblical Studies Carnival

Head over to Thoughts on Antiquity and follow the links to submit blog entries for the upcoming Biblical Studies Carnival, to be hosted there in just a few days.

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Septuagesima

          ‘So run that ye may obtain.’

One step more, and the race is ended;
     One word more, and the lesson’s done;
One toil more, and a long rest follows
     At set of sun.

Who would fail, for one step withholden?
     Who would fail, for one word unsaid?
Who would fail, for a pause too early?
     Sound sleep the dead.

One step more, and the goal receives us;
     One word more, and life’s task is done;
One toil more, and the Cross is carried
     And sets the sun.

Christina Georgina Rossetti, before 1886.

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Slavonic Pseudepigrapha Project

Andrei Orlov of Marquette University, author of From Apocalypticism to Merkabah Mysticism: Studies in the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (Brill, 2007), has published an extremely helpful, interesting and well-done website, The Slavonic Pseudepigrapha Project. I’ll give you three guesses as to what it’s about….

He provides numerous bibliographies (from his book), texts, translations, articles, and links to grammars and other resources related to the Slavonic pseudepigrapha. It’s fascinating and well done, and I can’t wait to lose myself in it.

It’ll be particularly interesting also religiously, as, being Eastern Orthdox myself and with Slavonic being one of the Church languages, the ties of these pseudepigrapha to Russian Orthodoxy will no doubt be fascinating to investigate and learn of, as well as any connections to particularly the Bogomil heresy, links to background material on which Andrei provides, indicating something very interesting in store in that regard.

A side project I’ve been interested in starting for some time is investigating the potential relationship of the post-NT apocrypha and pseudepigrapha to various theological controversies in the history of the Church, with the working hypothesis that the various apocrypha and pseudepigrapha were written by either side in order to support a particular position through the convenient validation of pseudepigraphy. This sometimes comes up briefly in discussions on the origins of various individual works, but I have yet to see all such information on all such pseudepigrapha collected into one convenient source for all the Greek, Syriac, Slavic, etc, pseudepigrapha in conjunction with detailed discussions of the theological controversies. It’s a potentially extremely fruitful approach not only for narrowing down the dates of the creation of the works, but also their locations, as many individual theological controversies were in fact quite localized.

In any case, my regards and thanks to Andrei Orlov for his magnificent new website.

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A winter chill

A bitter wind gusts in the face,
skritching leaves along the walk.
Soak-sodden pants whip at the legs
of the dying man who balked
at love and faith throughout his life.
Now with his final gasped breath born,
unknown, unwept, unloved, unmourned,
no child, no friend, no loved wife,
and regretting lost days gone,
but most his waste of time and place,
he falls his way to that clayey home,
bereft entire of both love and grace.

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Fear of the Lord

Let us fear the Lord not less than we fear beasts. For I have seen men who were going to steal and were not afraid of God, but, hearing the barking of dogs, they at once turned back; and what the fear of God could not achieve was done by the fear of animals.

St John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step One,

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The Lord is my Shepherd

Here is a collection of translations of Psalm 23 (in the Hebrew-based count of Psalms, but Psalm 22 in the LXX-based count of Psalms), including a couple that are not widely available.

King James Version
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters:
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest by head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord fore ever.

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