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EXAMINATION OF THE SEPTUAGINT AND MASORETIC TEXTS

SEPTUAGINT VS. MASORETIC: WHICH IS MORE AUTHENTIC? Guns, Lies and Forgeries: A Bible Story By Robert E. Reis Once upon a time there was a tribe living in the Middle East that had a collection of sacred texts written in Hebrew, Chaldean and Aramaic. It is the nature of sacred texts to be venerated and transmitted from generation to generation ... Read More »

Anatomy of the “Septemvriana”: Constantinople 1955

Pogrom Constantinople Sept 1955 Desecrated Church

NEOS KOSMOS More than 5,300 properties, the vast majority of them Greek-owned, were badly damaged or destroyed that night. Among these were houses, businesses, churches, monasteries, schools. The Constantinople-Istanbul pogrom, also known as the Constantinople riots or September events, was organised mob attacks directed primarily at the city’s Greek minority on 6-7 September 1955. The events were triggered by the ... Read More »

1204: The collapse of civilisation

Dean Kalimniou looks at the clash between Western Christians and their Byzantine brothers, and explores the impact of the Crusaders on the Byzantine Empire  “They had taken up the Cross and sworn on it … they would pass over the lands of the Christians without shedding blood…Instead of defending [Christ’s] tomb, they …outraged the faithful who are members of Him. They ... Read More »

Saint Porphyrios and the Joy of the Resurrection

The following story was told by the cardiologist of Elder Porphyrios, Dr. George Papazahos, when he visited the Elder in his cell one Bright Tuesday following Pascha. I went to see him as a doctor. After the cardiological examination and the usual cardiogram, he asked that I not leave. I sat on the stool near his bed. His face was ... Read More »

The euthanasia lobby has hijacked the phrase ‘dying with dignity’

The Age – 17 November 2014 Jack de Groot “We accompany people and their loved ones each day as they go through their own processes of dying.” The hijacking of the term “dying with dignity” by today’s supporters of euthanasia and assisted suicide is an insult to the dedicated doctors, nurses and pastoral carers who daily provide compassionate care, pain ... Read More »

Revelation and Interpretation

Archpriest Georgy Florovsky For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (Rom. 3:3)   Message and Witness What is the Bible? Is it a book like any other intended for any occasional reader, who is expected to grasp at once its proper meaning? Rather, it is a sacred book addressed primarily to believers. Of ... Read More »

Reflections of an Orthodox Pilgrim

By Fr Brendan Pelphery Converts to Orthodoxy are frequently asked why we became Orthodox. Since my wife and I were chrismated in 1995 we have answered this question hundreds of times, but often it is difficult to know exactly what to say. It is not that our story changes each time, but that the reason for asking can be different ... Read More »