Off topic but a plea to learn broad church history.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Feb 12 2016 2:43 PM

I know I harp on church history- three branches - western (Catholic/Protestant), Byzantine (Eastern Orthodox) and Oriental Orthodox. And that the Catholic Church has Byzantine and Oriental rites. And you go "there goes MJ again." But today the BBC has an article that show why it matters politically: Pope Francis in historic talks with Russian Orthodox leader

A couple of excerpts for those who don't read the whole article:

BBC:

The Russian Orthodox Church said earlier the "persecution of Christians" in the Middle East and North Africa would be the key theme.

The two leaders later signed a joint declaration on this issue.

and

BBC:

Ahead of the meeting, the foreign policy chief of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Illarion, said here were still differences between the two churches, in particular on western Ukraine.

One particular issue is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which follows eastern church rites but answers to the Holy See.

The Russian Orthodox Church has considered western Ukraine its traditional territory, resenting papal influence there.

So please, if you don't know anything but Western Church history, please look at the history offerings of the Orthodox Logos group.

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John Goodman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 12 2016 2:53 PM

The base packages are pretty weak on church history... what do you recommend?

גַּם־חֹשֶׁךְ֮ לֹֽא־יַחְשִׁ֪יךְ מִ֫מֶּ֥ךָ וְ֭לַיְלָה כַּיּ֣וֹם יָאִ֑יר כַּ֝חֲשֵׁיכָ֗ה כָּאוֹרָֽה

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 12 2016 3:12 PM

In need of bids:

Select Works on Orthodox History, Part 1

Select Works on Orthodox History, Part 2

Current available - none of my favorites but from what is available:

History of the Holy Eastern Church (6 vols.) by J. M. Neale

The Orthodox Liturgy: The Development of the Eucharistic Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite by Hugh Wybrew

The Offices of the Oriental Church, with an Historical Introduction by Nicholas Bjerring

Prayers from the East: Traditions of Eastern Christianity by Richard Marsh

The Syriac Church and Fathers by De Lacy O'Leary

The Canticles of the Christian Church: Eastern and Western in Early and Medieval Times by James Mearns

The reason for many of these being history of liturgy, the most obvious differences are in style of worship and prayer. The theological differences are small but often as much the manner of expression as actual theological difference. I don't know of a Logos source that covers the persecution and relative dismise of the North African and Oriental Christians.

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John Goodman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 12 2016 3:27 PM

thanks

גַּם־חֹשֶׁךְ֮ לֹֽא־יַחְשִׁ֪יךְ מִ֫מֶּ֥ךָ וְ֭לַיְלָה כַּיּ֣וֹם יָאִ֑יר כַּ֝חֲשֵׁיכָ֗ה כָּאוֹרָֽה

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Sascha John | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 12 2016 8:35 PM

Yes could you tell us your favorites?

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 12 2016 11:56 PM

I often feel that the church history is a history of quarrels and the secular history is a list of wars. I've tried to find books about the daily life of the ordinary people in Byzantine and how they believed and worshiped, but so far I have not been lucky.

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Sascha John | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 12:45 AM

Yes

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 12:53 AM

MJ. Smith:
Limited to things currently available

Available in print, it would seem, not in Logos.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 1:15 AM

In a very strange way books by Kyriacos C. Markides might be of interest, Veli.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 1:20 AM

Francis:
Available in print, it would seem, not in Logos.

Correct - the earlier list was the Logos based list ... I suspect Gabe might have some other solid suggestions available in Logos. But the latter list is personal favorites gleaned from 50 years of quirky reading in world religion/Christianity. I know Gabe is trying to get at least one book on my favorites list.

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Glenn Crouch | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 6:09 AM

MJ. Smith:

I hadn't bid on those - that is now corrected :)

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David Achorn | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 2:41 PM

I'll admit that I don't know much about Eastern Orthodox christianity.  I can, however, pick up the Orthodox Bronze package for around $50.  How would you rate its contents relative to that price?  

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 5:14 PM

MJ. Smith:

I have the dead tree version of this; it is a truly excellent book.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 5:19 PM

MJ. Smith:

Thank you for flagging these.  It sounds like you would recommend them even for folks who already have some of the other works.  I've put in bids at the current "recommended" price.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 7:05 PM

David Achorn:
 How would you rate its contents relative to that price?  

An absolute steal. There is enough liturgy in it to give you a real sense of Orthodoxy and enough Biblical materials and history to make you understand why it is so distinctive without being theological all that different - emphasis different yes, basic beliefs, no.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 13 2016 7:31 PM

The Orthodox, Eastern or Oriental, aren't really into dogmatic theology. To understand them you need to immerse yourself in liturgy and patristics. However, there are some theologians well worth reading, in and out of Logos. I'm sure Gabe could recommend some additions.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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David Achorn | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 14 2016 3:32 PM

OK.  I bought the Orthodox Bronze bundle and the first thing that jumps out at me is their emphasis on the church fathers and history.  I like that very much.  There is a ton of great stuff in this bundle.  

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