Monthly Archives: February 2011

Spider Book features Dominican Outreach

http://www.amazon.com/Silk-Venom-Searching-Dangerous-Spider/dp/0763642223#_ For seven years I had been developing education projects in the Dominican Republic. Even while working and researching in China I have had programs continuing in both the DR and Haiti. Last fall we finished building and starting a … Continue reading

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Were the Jing Jiao a foreign Religion in China?

Next July I will celebrate the 20th anniversry of my ordinaion as a Syriac Orthodox priest. I was ordained by Athanatius Y. Samuel who once owned five of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is quite a famous story. He was … Continue reading

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Your Life is None of Your Business (China Edition)

China Gold Publishing Group will produce the Chinese edition of my book Your Life is None of Your Business (2008) which is based on the Chinese Ox Herding paintings and combined with autobiographical stories along with essays on spiritual and … Continue reading

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Is the Nestorian Monument Nestorian?

Is the Nestorian Monument Nestorian? The story of Christian history is often told from a Eurocentric point of view. Yet, Christianity began in the Near East and a major part of it spread Eastward. In fact demographically the major population … Continue reading

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Water pits: Clue to Monastic Church

In Oriental Orthodox Churches in Armenia, Syria, and Egypt one can find churches with water pits built into the floor or nearby. At the monastery of Mor Gabriel monastery in southeast, Turkey, ¬†where I lived for long periods we had … Continue reading

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Cells: Clue to Monastic Site

In my book on the Monks of Mt Izla (2004) I translate three Syriac manuscripts found at the monastery of Mor Gabriel. The manuscripts refer to monks who came from Egypt and colonized the Tur Abdin region. They brought with … Continue reading

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Da Qin

Da Qin: reference to the eastern Roman province of Syria. Location: 65 kilometers southwest of Xian China. Lat. 34.26222, long, 108.9377778. 2 mile walk up from the village of Lu Guan Tai Reputed to be the site of a Nestorian … Continue reading

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