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An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith

An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith [Kindle Edition]

St. John Damascene
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Saint John of Damascus (Arabic: يوحنا الدمشقي Yuḥannā Al Demashqi; Greek: Ιωάννης Δαμασκήνος Iôannês Damaskênos; Latin: Iohannes Damascenus; also known as John Damascene, Χρυσορρόας/Chrysorrhoas, "streaming with gold"—i.e., "the golden speaker") (c. 676 – 4 December 749) was an Arab Christian monk and priest. Born and raised in Damascus, he died at his monastery, Mar Saba, near Jerusalem.
A polymath whose fields of interest and contribution included law, theology, philosophy, and music, before being ordained, he served as a Chief Administrator to the Muslim caliph of Damascus, wrote works expounding the Christian faith, and composed hymns which are still in everyday use in Eastern Christian monasteries throughout the world. The Catholic Church regards him as a Doctor of the Church, often referred to as the Doctor of the Assumption due to his writings on the Assumption of Mary.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Typographical Errors 22 Mar 2013
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This book, which one expected would be a valuable addition to an 'Orthodox personal Library' completely disappoints.

There are innumerable typographical errors and places where completely wrong English words are used. This makes reading the text exceedingly trying and difficult.

If this were a hard text book one could at least make corrections as one reads, but, of course, on a Kindle this is not possible so one meets the errors over and over again.

It amazes me that this text could ever be published as it stands with so many typographical errors.

If the publisher wished to submit the text to me, for the sake of others, I would willingly make all necessary corrections to the text if this would result in a replacement publicaton. I hope that Amazon will submit this review to the publisher forthwith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A human should have looked over the scan 28 Feb 2011
By Steven M. Heffern - Published on
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It is fantastic to be able to download books like this on your Kindle. I really like that. I'm used to seeing hyphenations in text where they were in the paper version, but that make no sense on a Kindle. But this is a book that was clearly scanned in and rendered to text. There is nothing wrong with that except that a human needs to go over the text and edit the garble out.

"and" commonly is rendered as "anti", "He" is sometimes "the", "If" is sometimes "It" and my favorite, "body" is sometime rendered "booty" I can't help laughing at "the booty of Jesus"

This book is worth way more than 99 cents. I just wish the publisher would have a website at the beginning of the book where people can download the source to correct errors as they read so that over time the electronic book would get better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important classic in theology, but not a new translation 18 Nov 2010
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This is a rich source of traditional Christian theology that has found wide acceptance in all quarters of the Christian world. In it John of Damascus produced the first systematic compendium of accepted Christian theology, drawn primarily from the Greek theologians of the fourth and fifth centuries. The author does not argue for any new doctrine but seeks to present a systematic account of Christian dogma, supported by Scripture and rational arguments. In doing so he shows himself to be a very capable theologian. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, this exposition was translated into Latin in 1150 and was immensely influential. I searched the Summa Theologia of Thomas Aquinas and found the "Damascene" cited 372 times. Calvin, on the other hand, merely mentions him in a footnote. Perhaps Calvin disliked the Damascene's Cyrillian Christology, which differed somewhat from his own. (Calvin does not cite Cyril of Alexandria much either.) Today one finds social Trinitarians citing John of Damascus in support of their views, but a reading of the exposition will make clear that John's view of the Trinity was the traditional unitary view of one tripersonal being, with one will, one power, one rule, etc.
I wish that Amazon had included the bibliographical information. This is not a new translation but simply the 1898 translation of S.D.F. Salmond, which was published in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Reading For Orthodox 19 April 2014
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A truly worthy of reading spiritual text for Orthodox Christians. Very deep in spiritual treasure and good for retooling at what we think we know about a life in Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humbling 10 Feb 2013
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Would give humble advise and a good companion book during a spiritual journey. Can also be used as a devotional if needed,
4.0 out of 5 stars A Light Begins To Shine 7 Jun 2014
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I have trouble understanding the theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church. This writing has greatly benefit my studies in this area. The translation is well done and is very readable. I recommend it for anyone seeking to come to terms with Eastern Theology.
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