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Tagschristianity (282), patriarchal (254), engineering (78), MER (52), buddhism (52), fiction (45), judaism (44), poetry (40), lesbians (35), scripture (27) — see all tags

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About mewhat she lacked in grace she made up for in enthusiasm

About my libraryA good deal of religion, some Syriac; a good deal of engineering, some math.

If there's anything I have that you want, that is out of print or hard to find, let me know. We may be able to work something out.

GroupsBookMooching, Folio Society devotees, Syriac: ܠܫܢܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ


Favorite bookstoresBrookline Booksmith, Commonwealth Books, Gibson's Bookstore, Globe Corner Bookstore, Harvard Book Store, McIntyre and Moore Booksellers, MIT Press Bookstore, Montague Book Mill, New England Mobile Book Fair, Porter Square Books, Quantum Books, Raven Used Books, Rodney's Bookstore, Schoenhof's Foreign Books, Seven Stars Book Store, Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Favorite librariesBoston Public Library, Nashua Public Library

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Locationconcord, nh

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Member sinceAug 27, 2007

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Are those real Syriac Scrabble pieces??? John
I must admit, I also have a copy of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, purchased under much the same conditions, as well as several other books of a similar quality (e.g. Chariots of the Gods). My defense is that I have to know what people out there are saying in case some enthusiastic fan asks me what I think of it.
I must say, I find the writing quite bad, but since it is a translation that may not be a fair criticism of the original. Most of the ideas in it had existed before, though it certainly brought them to popular attention, especially when they were borrowed for Da Vinci Code. However, as a medieval historian I strongly begrudge the existence of books which widely popularize ideas about history which I consider not only factually preposterous but also
likely to foster anti-Catholic prejudice. Catholicism has enough genuine flaws without being called on to answer for imaginary ones. (Personally I am an Anglican, but I dislike mindless prejudice of all varieties.)
Thank you for adding me to your "interesting libraries." You have some very interesting books yourself --both The Gods of Northern Buddhism and Confessions of al-Ghazzali would interest me. I am surprised you gave Holy
Blood, Holy Grail as many as three stars, though. I admit I have only dipped into my copy, but from what I've seen I would give it no more than one.
Dear theophilia,

I'm sorry, that's outside my time period. You will probably have better luck looking for books on each individual religion in that time period. (Don't forget the Manichaeans.)

Best regards,
Kushana Torumekia

do you have the book, Statistical signal processing : detection, estimation, and time series analysis by Louis L. Scharf?

I really need this book.But I have no money to buy it. Would you like to send it to me by email? My email is
Or you may add this email to your msn lists.
Hi Ephie! Well, when I first learned Syriac we used Robinson's Grammar (revised by Brockington), which I found to be pretty good - Coakley's revision I've more or less just skimmed through and use when I need to check something quickly, but I like it. I've actually never used Thackston, but a friend of mine gave it a rave review in Hugoye. I imagine transliterations with (appropriately marked) vowels would have been really helpful since all of the Syriac text is in unvocalised Estrangelo. Are you working through Thackston on your own, or with a teacher? - Timothy
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