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THE SEPTUAGINT

By Fr. Andrew Phillips This paper is a revised version of a talk that was originally given to the Midlands Orthodox Study Centre in November 2007. It is only a brief introduction to the Septuagint and owes much to the scholarship of others. It outlines the religious and cultural milieu within which the Septuagint was produced; describes how this translation ... Read More »

Is the Septuagint a Divinely Inspired Translation?

By Gabe Martini For many Orthodox Christians throughout the centuries, the Septuagint (LXX) has been received as a preferred edition of the Old Testament scriptures. There are many reasons for this. The bulk of OT citations from the early Church fathers are aligned with the Septuagint (and other Greek translations), and the New Testament authors seemed to prefer it nearly nine times ... Read More »

The Beheadings of Coptic Egyptian Christians in Libya by Isis

ISIS VIDEO SHOWS BEHEADINGS OF EGYPTIAN COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA (CNN): In a new propaganda video released Sunday by ISIS, the militant group claims to have beheaded over a dozen members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority on a Libyan beach. The highly produced video shows an apparent mass execution with jihadists in black standing behind each of the victims, who are ... Read More »

AUGUST 2013 – EGYPT IN MELTDOWN: A TIME OF TRIAL FOR CHRISTIANS

JIHAD AGAINST EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS: THE U.S. MUST SPEAK OUT John Stonestreet, BreakPoint Wednesday, August 21, 2013 In his recent book Fleeing Herod, the Australian writer James Cowan retraces the steps of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt following Joseph’s dream warning him about Herod’s intentions toward the infant Jesus. Cowan admits in the prologue that current events in Egypt made ... Read More »

Venizelos Met With Greek Patriarch of Alexandria

Reporter: Margarita Papantoniou July 9th, 2013 The Vice President of the Greek government and Foreign Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, sent a message of concern, friendship and sympathy to the people of Egypt right after his meeting with the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodoros II, at the Foreign Ministry. “Greece is connected to Africa with a strong historical and cultural ... Read More »

Christians in Egypt Fearful after Five Copts Killed

July 8, 2013 CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Following the shooting death of a priest in Northern Sinai, Christians in Upper Egypt and elsewhere are living in fear after four Coptic Christians were killed near Luxor in the wake of the deposing of Mohamed Morsi as president. “I am too scared to leave – I haven’t been able to go ... Read More »

After the deposition of Morsi, reprisals against Christians

July 4, 2013 Minya – Among the episodes of violence in Egypt after the overthrow of President Morsi there is also the attack against the Coptic Catholic parish of St. George, in the village of Delgia, 60 kilometers from Minya. Since Wednesday evening, July 3 groups of fanatical Islamists first looted and then burned down the pastor’s house and church group ... Read More »

OUR SUFFERING SISTERS: THE PLIGHT OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS

  INTRODUCTORY REMARK AND THOUGHTS Women are honoured in God’s family, but tragically the experience of many Christian women around the world does not reflect this. Our sisters in Christ who live in places of persecution and pressure may experience a double problem of ill-treatment, in which they suffer for both their faith and their gender. For example, under Islamic ... Read More »

ANTIOCH: The Passing of a Spiritual Father and Leader in Critical Times

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS – A PERSONAL REFLECTION It almost seems like yesterday when I was residing in Damascus, and conversing with His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch after the conclusion of small vespers at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab-Touma on a very cold winter evening. I recall that at the time, His Beatitude was gravely ill and could not ... Read More »