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Contra Gentes

By: Athanasius of Alexandria

Contra Gentes is the first of a two volume work published by Athanasius of Alexandria prior to the outbreak of the Arian controversy (ca. 319). It focuses especially on pagan beliefs and worship concluding with a defense of the Christian view of God and creation -- especially creation by the eternal Word. In this way, the ground is prepared for the second volume of his work, now published separately under the title De Incarnatione Verbi. (Summary by Jonathan Lange)...

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Kama Sutra, The

By: Mallanaga Vatsyayana

The Kama Sutra, or Aphorisms on Love, has survived at least 1400 years as a dominant text on sexual relations between men and women. Vatsyayana claimed to have written the Kama Sutra while a religious student, “in contemplation of the Deity” - but references to older works, shrewd disputations by Vatsyayana of those authors' recommendations, and careful cataloging of practices in various of the Indian states indicate much more emphasis on kama, or sensual gratification. Part of the book discusses the 64 arts of love employed by masters of coitus. Learning each of these and when and how to practice them, Vatsyayana affirms, not only leads to the best gratification, but makes the artist a person of great desirability. Once the means of sexual congress are discussed, the many types of male-female relationships and their proper prosecution are covered. Some of these have small relevance to the modern world, such as how to sneak into the King's harem, but are interesting nonetheless. Others, such as how to get money from a lover, will probably remain useful as long as there are humans in the world. The translator's concluding remarks cal...

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Theological Orations

By: Gregory of Nanzianzus

After the death of the Arian Emperor Valens, the synod of Antioch in 379 asked Gregory to help resurrect Constantinople to Nicene orthodoxy. While the most important churches were still headed by Arian bishops, Gregory transformed his cousin's villa into the Anastasia chapel. From this little chapel he delivered five powerful discourses on Nicene doctrine, explaining the nature of the Trinity and the unity of the Godhead. These are called the Theological Orations. By the time he left Constantinople two years later, there did not remain one Arian church in all of the city. (Jonathan Lange)....

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Bible (YLT) 07: Judges

By: Young's Literal Translation

The Book of The Judges is a record of the Israelites' pattern of continuing disobedience to God, and their salvation by God through judges chosen to lead the people. (Introduction by Mark Penfold)...

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Treatise on Christ and Antichrist

By: Hippolytus of Rome

In this late second century treatise, Hippolytus gives an excellent summary of Early Christian thinking on the subject of the antichrist. Familiar texts from Daniel and Revelation are treated together with his own current events to give a unique perspective. (Summary by Jonathan Lange)...

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Bible (YLT) 13: 1 Chronicles

By: Young's Literal Translation

Not just a big book of geneaological lists, it is a record of things not mentioned in the Books of Samuel and Kings. It tells us of the kingdom of David and his life, but also gives us incredible spiritual truths. (Introduction by Mark Penfold)...

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Of Peace of Mind

By: Lucius Annaeus Seneca

How to maintain a tranquil mind amongst social upheaval and turmoil, addressed to Serenus. (Introduction by Jonathan Hockey)

Ancient Texts, Classics (antiquity), Advice

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Jesus of Nazareth, A Biography

By: John Mark

Jesus of Nazareth, a Biography, by John Mark, recognizes the author of the second Gospel as that John, whose surname was Mark (Acts 15:37), whom Barnabas chose as companion when he sailed for Cyprus on his second missionary journey. In making use of the new title, the plan of the Editor is to present The Gospel: According to Mark as it would be printed were it written in the twentieth rather than the first century. (Introduction from Forward, by D. Appleton & Co, Publishers, 1922)...

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Bible (KJV) 06: Joshua

By: King James Version

The history of the Israelites from the death of Moses to the death of Joshua. (Summary by Joy Chan)

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Bible (WNT) NT 06: Romans

By: Waymouth New Testamant

The Epistle of Paul to the Romans, usually referred to simply as Romans, is the sixth book in the New Testament. Biblical scholars agree that it was written by the Apostle Paul to explain that Salvation is offered through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is by far the longest of the Pauline epistles, and is considered his most important theological legacy....

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Bible (KJV) 22: Song of Solomon

By: King James Version

Also known as Song of Songs , Solomon's Song of Songs , or as Canticles . The protagonists of the Song of Songs are a woman (identified in one verse as the Shulamite) and a man, and the poem suggests movement from courtship to consummation. Additionally, the Song includes a chorus, the daughters of Jerusalem. In spite of the lack of explicitly religious content, the Song is often interpreted as an allegorical representation of the relationship of God and Israel, or for Christians, God and the Church or Christ and the human soul, as husband and wife. Readers: Beloved: /newcatalog/people_public.php?peopleid=123 Ezwa Lover: /newcatalog/people_public.php?peopleid=4705 Algy Pug Friends: /newcatalog/people_public.php?peopleid=3157 TriciaG...

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Bible (KJV) 13: 1 Chronicles

By: King James Version

Written to aid those returning to Israel after the exile to understand how to worship God. 1 Chronicles covers the ascent and reign of King David. (Summary of Joy Chan)...

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Antiquities of the Jews, Vol 1, The

By: Flavius Josephus

Antiquities of the Jews was a work published by the important Jewish historian Flavius Josephus about the year 93 or 94. It is a history of the Jewish people, written in Greek for Josephus' gentile patrons. Beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve, it follows the events of the historical books of the Hebrew Bible, but sometimes omits or adds information. Volume 1 contains Books 1-5 and ends with the dedication of Samuel and death of Eli the priest....

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Bible (KJV) NT 04: John

By: King James Version

The Gospel According to John, commonly referred to as the Gospel of John or simply John, is an account of the public ministry of Jesus. It begins with the witness and affirmation by John the Baptist and concludes with the death, burial, Resurrection, and post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus. This account is fourth of the canonical gospels, after the synoptics Matthew, Mark and Luke....

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Bible (KJV) 21: Ecclesiastes

By: King James Version

The book of Ecclesiastes is a wonderful book. It tells how all man's doing is futile, if it is done in his own strength. The last two verses sum it up quite nicely: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Summary by GabrielleC)...

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Bible (KJV) NT 19: Hebrews

By: King James Version

An Epistle of the New Testament, author unknown. The primary purpose of the Letter to the Hebrews is to exhort Jews and Christians to persevere in the face of persecution. The central thought of the entire Epistle is the doctrine of the Person of Christ and his role as mediator between God and humanity....

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Bible (KJV) NT 15: 1 Timothy

By: King James Version

The First Epistle of Paul to Timothy, usually referred to simply as First Timothy and often written 1 Timothy, is one of three letters in New Testament of the Bible often grouped together as the Pastoral Epistles, the others being Second Timothy and Titus. The letter, traditionally attributed to Saint Paul, consists mainly of counsels to his younger colleague and delegate Timothy regarding his ministry in Ephesus (1:3). These include instructions on the forms of worship and organization of the Church, the responsibilities resting on its several members, including episcopoi (overseers or bishops) and diaconoi (deacons); and secondly of exhortation to faithfulness in maintaining the truth amid surrounding errors (iv.iff), presented as a prophecy of erring teachers to come. (Summery by Wikipedia)...

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Antiquities of the Jews, Vol 3, The

By: Flavius Josephus

Antiquities of the Jews was a work published by the important Jewish historian Flavius Josephus about the year 93 or 94. Antiquities of the Jews is a history of the Jewish people, written in Greek for Josephus' gentile patrons. Beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve, it follows the events of the historical books of the Hebrew Bible, but sometimes omits or adds information. Volume 3 contains Books 11-15; it begins with the return of the Babylonian exiles under Cyrus, king of Persia and ends with King Herod rebuilding the temple (c. 559 BC - 20 BC)....

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Fábulas, volume 1

By: Esopo

Esopo é um lendário autor grego, que teria vivido na Antigüidade, ao qual se atribui a paternidade da fábula como gênero literário. As Fábulas de Esopo serviram como base para recriações de outros escritores ao longo dos séculos, como Fedro e La Fontaine. O local de seu nascimento é incerto — Trácia, Frígia, Etiópia, Samos, e Sardes todas clamam a honra. Eventualmente morreu em Delfos. Na verdade, todos os dados referentes a Esopo são discutíveis e trata-se mais de um personagem lendário do que histórico. A única certeza é que as fábulas a ele atribuídas foram reunidas pela primeira vez por Demétrio de Falero, em 325 a.C.. Esopo teria sido um escravo, que foi libertado pelo seu dono, que ficou encantado com suas fábulas. Ao que tudo indica, viajou pelo mundo antigo e conheceu o Egito, a Babilónia e o Oriente. Concretamente, não há indícios seguros de que tenha escrito qualquer coisa. Entretanto, foi-lhe atribuído um conjunto de pequenas histórias, de carácter moral e alegórico, cujos papéis principais eram desenvolvidos por animais. Na Atenas do século V a.C., essas fábulas eram conhecidas e apreciadas. As fábulas que lhe são atribu...

Ancient Texts, Fiction, Short stories

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Mabinogion, The, Volume 1

By: Anonymous

The Mabinogion is a collection of eleven prose stories collated from medieval Welsh manuscripts. The tales draw on pre-Christian Celtic mythology, international folktale motifs, and early medieval historical traditions. While some details may hark back to older Iron Age traditions, each of these tales is the product of a highly developed Welsh narrative tradition, both oral and written. Lady Charlotte Guest in the mid 19th century was the first to publish English translations of the collection. (Summary from Wikipedia)...

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