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acharonim

acharonim pl. n. Hebrew (ack-row-NEEM) acharon sing. n. (ack-hah-RON) From the Hebrew word for “later.” A term for rabbis and scholars from the 16th century (after the rishonim) to the present. Isaac Luria is one of the well-known acharonim. plural noun noun Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of …

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abba

abba n. Hebrew (AH-bah) Literally, “father.” Some Jewish children are taught to use the word Abba instead of “Daddy” when referring to their father. “I’m done with my homework, Abba. Can we go to the playground now?”[1]   noun [1]Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over …

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Aaron

Aaron Older brother of Moses. Aaron was a leading figure in the Passover story and the Exodus from Egypt. He is generally thought to be the first high priest of the ancient Hebrews.   Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish holidays …

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Figures in the Carpet and Monastic Spirituality in the Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis)

Figures in the Carpet: Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, Daniel of Scetis, and Monastic Spirituality in the Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis) From the Fourth to the Sixth Century Not many years ago I read a very good scholarly book on Palestinian monasticism in Late Antiquity. In my review of that book I observed, however, that …

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Searching for Shenoute: A Copto-Arabic Homilary in Paris, BN arabe 4796

Searching for Shenoute: A Copto-Arabic Homilary in Paris, BN arabe 4796 Introduction and Review Will students of the Arabic literature of the Copts be able to contribute to the current intensive study of the literary corpus of St. Shenoute the Archimandrite? The idea that they might is by no means farfetched. After all, Arabic recensions …

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Christianity in Asyut in Modern History

Christianity in Asyut in Modern History A Historical Introduction By the second half of the eighteenth century, Asyut had taken Girga’s place as the capital of Upper Egypt. With Muhammad ‘Ali’s interest in admin­istratively organizing Egypt’s governorates, the construction of the gover­norate building in Asyut began in 1811. In 1822, Asyut’s population was around seventeen …

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