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  • Nabil Mattar's book sounds perfect! I would describe her as a beginner when it comes to Coptic, so I would like to get her a beginner's book, but of course not extremely simplistic as the website as you correctly pointed out.
  • I'm not against some stories of the miracles.  It's just that this particular one in the way you're describing it contradicts historical facts.  Hagiography informs us of a lesson, and the lesson here is the holiness of St. Pishoy.  But I don't take…
  • I think the vision to St. Pishoy is just a pious tradition, but there's a mix-up. He never banished pagans and heretics. The only time he forced pagans to do anything was reperations to the Christians to return back their properties and Churches the…
  • He did not make Christianity the state religion. He made Christianity legal and ended the persecution. Big difference. It was Emperor Theodosius about a half century later who made Christianity the official religion of the state.
  • She is Hindu, she loves studying languages.  I want to be a bit more subtle than that, something that can help her understand in a lesson-book format what the language is, and not just a book of prayers that she would have to decipher herself.
  • Thank you :)
  • No...that's not what I asked
  • I was reading some reviews on "Coptic in 20 Lessons" by Layton, and I thought "that simple"?
  • Sifaing, I'm with you that the Church shouldn't be involved in Phonetics, but to compare it to condemnation of something that was at the time considered heretical is a bit much. The Church, as Rem said earlier, felt a need to have liturgical accur…
  • What in the world has this to do with heliocentricism? I don't think this committee ever claimed a certain dialect is heresy!
  • Well, Leo also had his anti-Cyrillian moments in the Tome as well. To ignore that and make it sound like Cyril and Leo could have been in one mind in their respective theologies would be to ignore the obvious ignorance of Leo's Tome. Fr. Romanides …
  • I know there's a hymns committee, and I agree that the rites and theology should be clarified in the Synod, but a phonetics committee seems to be a bit too much.  Why not just have a group of scholars of Coptic phonetics?  Why should the synod be in…
  • I have heard in the recent past that we have also limited the manner of chanting the liturgy to a standard rather than allowing a diversity that existed among different areas of Egypt as well.  I would have loved to hear the different liturgical tra…
  • +1 ophadece...I feel the Synod wasted its time on this when they could have made decisions on more vexing issues of Coptic lives, like give NJ a diocese :P I think a council of scholars of the Coptic language would be more appropriate for this type…
  • In the same vein one can argue that the fasting and liturgical rules have been relaxed in the RCC because of centralized authority that liberalizes these practices without the consultation of a synod.  I find it very odd that many Catholics merely "…
  • Zoxsasi, The video you posted is exciting to watch, and amazing to know that even Muslims are speaking it.  Has this been a generational thing, that is a retention of generations of Coptic language from both religions, or is this a revival of Coptic…
  • I'm very confused on this whole situation, and I feel personally it's not much of a big issue for me, as the Church seems to have more vexing social needs. With that said however, didn't Fr. Shenouda Maher write like a 2000 page thesis on the pronun…
  • We don't need to build on Maximus the Confessor, regardless of his theological acumen. Our very own St. Severus of Antioch and possibly St. Theodosius of Alexandria a century before Maximus wrote on the will of Christ in an OO context that, while ma…
  • And yet there is always a vexing need to seek out the Vatican for views and decisions, rather than rely on one's own bishop in his/her diocese who can make decisions of ***equal*** (and that's the key issue here) authority. Are there other exampl…
  • Fr. Moses Samaan was webmaster of Coptichymns. He now manages lacopts. If you can, try to see if you can get in touch with him to get updated on the status of moving the hymns. I would say though, he is a priest and so he probably has very little …
  • Dear RomanNomad, I'm not sure if you still frequent the boards here.  Sorry for my super super late response, but I hope to at least add some thought to the last post you wrote. First you asked "devil's advocate", which I think is a very good and th…
  • Yes, that is true.  He is of the few loud voices that does not represent the general trend of the dialogue.  Nevertheless, I will say dialogue has been somewhat stagnant, not because of some sort of distrust and animosity, but because of various loc…
  • Thank you!  I stand corrected :)
  • Ya I saw this a while back. This is out of resentment. I've spoken to some people on this former Coptic priest's case. He had issues with one of the bishops (take a good guess which), which lead to his suspension. He pleaded with many for him to …
  • I'm not commenting on the video. Just the audio. We don't have any audio proof of how hymns were chanted except what is handed down. But since polyphonic is an ancient chant, one wonders if perhaps there has been Coptic hymns that might have been …
  • Wow...it almost sounds natural...especially Golgotha...where can I hear the rest of this?