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Member: Kushana

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TagsNew Testament (25), Bible (24), Gnosticism (24), Dead Sea Scrolls (18), Syriac (17), Languages (14), Classics (13), Archaeology (12), Coptic (12), Early Christianity (11) — see all tags

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About meI am a Religion scholar at a school you've never heard of. I write a weblog of musings about my field -- with the very occasional book review.

About my libraryMostly religion books, some Science Fiction and Fantasy, some mysteries (often historical), some knitting: looking for a good how-to book on sprang.

This is not my entire library, I am putting books in bit by bit.

GroupsAncient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, Archaeology, Awful Lit., Banned Books, Bible Scholarship, Biblical History, Bloggers, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books in Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsRobertson Davies, Mary Dolan, Ursula K. Le Guin, M. R. James, Hans Jonas, Hayao Miyazaki, J. R. R. Tolkien, Austin Tappan Wright (Shared favorites)


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Real nameKushana Torumekia


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Currently readingThe Story of the Bodmer Papyri: From the First Monasterys Library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin by James M. Robinson
Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James
The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #5) by P. D. James
Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel by William G. Dever

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I wonder if you might be interested in developing a crowd-sourced list of the best Syriac book. I've created a list at Members of LibraryThing can add there own favourite Syriac books, and vote on others ('add to your list' is a vote in favour, 'thumbs down' is a vote against). Gareth.
Hi Kushana. I saw Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? come up in the random books part of your profile. I'd be interested in your comments on that book.
Hi Kushana, Happy reading for 2011 I bought 3 books today volumes two and three of P.K. Dicks short stories and a book called the conquest of illusion.
Although at the moment I am enjoying Proust!

Thanks for the friend invitation! I wouldn't call myself a religion scholar, but sometimes I pretend to be one in my dissertation.
Very careful reviews, both of fiction and non-fiction. Thanks for that! I've added several titles to my wishlist based upon your thoughts.
I've been enjoying your recent reviews of volumes for biblical scholarship and Gnosticism. But you know LibraryThing touchstones don't work in the Reviews field, right? They're just for Talk. Reviews can use basic HTML tags for italics, underlining, and so forth, in order to format titles. And if you really want to provide a link, you can do it with a regular old href tag.

By the way, have you read Kripal's The Serpent's Gift? If so, what did you think?
I've just put on to 'friend' you. Don't know how that works. But with your interest in Bible and mystery books (P D James) you're down my alley. With your interest in science fiction, JRR Tolkien, and Ursula Le Guin and knitting you are on the same wavelength as my classically educated wife, Kathleen. Oh yes, she attended the same church as her friend, Doug Burton-Christie when we lived in Oakland CA.

Anyway, Hello.
It looks like one of your more recent blog entries concerns a controversy at Wheaton College (an institution I've never visited but heard a lot about). I was interested that I was unable to get the whole article that was eventually rejected by Books and Culture. I'd be further interested to know how this incident came to your attention. Have you ever had any connection with Wheaton? (I'd put this inquiry as a comment on your blog, but I'm not sure how to do that. I have figured out how to send messages on Library Thing.)
I see you have just added "Orlando". I knew Sally Potter (director of the well-regarded film) when she was a little girl. Her father Norman was the author of "What is a designer" whose workshop in Corsham near Bath built me a caravan which is thought to have changed the course of caravan design when it was publicised in the "Observer".

Regards, Gibbon
I kept thinking I'd find time to buy and read Ante Pacem, about which I asked your opinion, then write you again. However, I'm now on an austerity budget in book-buying, so it might be a while. Meanwhile, I continue to enjoy checking your recent additions. The effect is to lengthen the list of books I want to buy one of these days. Given my location, "buy" is the only option. I'm writing now just to stay in touch.
Your page is so great....
Yeah, I think with that book you either like it or you don't, no middle ground there.
Hi, I just joined this site. I noticed that you're a Da Vinci Code fan. Have you read Synarchy? Here's a link:
I'm looking to learn more about religious practice in Persia between the Islamic conquest and the Mongols (roughly 632-1218), with emphasis on the interactions between Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Zoroastrians. I want the kind of book that talks about home as well as public observance, names, burial practices... Any suggestions? You seem like someone who might know where to find this sort of thing.
Thanks for your reply. I see you have Ante Pacem, by Prof. Snyder. I'd be interested to know whether you think it is worthwhile. Does he have any real archaeological evidence to present, or is it just theorizing?
Years ago when my wife and I first lived in Athens we had a medical student friend named Fithias (like the sculptor). One day when travelling with him on a bus we noticed he was making the gestures usual when passing a church. My wife said to him "I thought you were an atheist, Fithias". He answered "Of course - but I'm an Orthodox atheist".
I don't know yet what my main area of study is going to be, I'm hoping to figure that out when I start taking classes. Though I'm interested in learning about all cultures religions, biblical history/archaeology, goddess cults, oh the list goes on forever.
Hi there! I too am going to be studying religion in the fall!
Thank you for the invitation.
Thanks for the Coptic group invite. I didn't realize there were so many dead language nerds around here. =)
Thanks for the invite to the Coptic Group...joined and will be lurking about there more in the future. cheers.
"Dying Trades

One often hears that there is only one person left who knows how to make something or other. And, nearly always, it sounds as if it was well worth someone else's while to learn the trade. There is, apparently, only one man living who can make the Scottish clan stockings, correctly. Needless to say, he is besieged with orders.
A few years ago there were only two old women left who could make the Hardwick matting so much used in Derbyshire, at one time, as a floor covering. Thatching has always seemed to be one of the trades at which a good living could be earned. But I am told no young apprentices will learn it. On the other hand, the craft of basket-making is on the upward grade."

Sacheverell Sitwell, Truffle Hunt, London, Robert Hale Ltd., 1953. page 125
Hi Kushana, thanks for the invite. I'm probably not enough of a Coptic scholar to contribute much, but we shall see.
How's the re-reading of Moby Dick coming? You've inspired me to re-read it too. Of course, it's down in the pile a bit, so I probably won't get to it for a while...
Dear Ms. Kushana --

Thank you for your kind reply. I have been looking in on the Coptic group and shall continue to do so for pleasure and intellectual profit. Best regards,

Barry Wiegand
Hello Kushana,

I absolutely love Islandia, but it's hard for me to put into words exactly what that means or even how it effects me. I feel some sort of connection to it, and make sure to reread the book every so often. I always seem to discover something new to take away, no matter how many times I read it. In fact, I think it's just about time to read it again! It's almost like returning home for me, in some sense.

I also recommend it to people and have also had the experience that only those that actually finish it really liked it. I did a "book exchange" with a good friend of mine; he gave me a short list of books to read (since Islandia is so long) and I told him to read Islandia. I read all his book suggestions, and enjoyed most of them, but he didn't even get a quarter of the way through Islandia and refuses to read any more. I'm still working on him though, I'd really like him to finish it someday because it is such and important book to me! So far, everyone else I've recommended it to has enjoyed it.'s great to find another Islandia fan on LibraryThing!
Hi Kushana, I've put some work into my Library (here at LT) to try and make it interesting: like comments, tags, Table of Contents, long drawn out reviews... To this day I am surprised that my long Kojeve review hasn't been pulled by Amazon; - it is essentially about a footnote! In my mind I divide the History of the West into three components: Philosophy, Religion, and Politics. (I am aware that their are others -art, science, e.g.- but they do not really interest me.) In my library you can see my attempting to understand all three. In order to better understand Christianity I need to understand Paul (the Apostle) better; do you recommend the Crosson (In Search of Paul) book? Is the Pagels book (The Gnostic Paul) worthwhile or is she forcing the argument? Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for inviting me to be your librarything friend, I'm always glad to participate in the social aspects of books.
Dear Ms. Kushana --

Thank you very much for your invitation to join the new Coptic LibraryThing group. I looked at the site, and I consider the picture of the fragment to be brilliant. Sadly, I must say that the other members of the group appear to be much more advanced in the field than I possibly could hope ever to be. The books that we share, which I suspect motivated your gracious invitation, result more from my amateur interest in non-Canonical scripture rather than from any scholarly training. But, I can say that it considerably antedates The DaVinci Code. Best of luck finding more worthy Coptic members, but I shall enjoy checking periodically on your group's progress and commentary.

Best regards,

Barry Wiegand (Bwiegand)
Washington, D.C.
My helper assures me the blog has been fixed.

I've had Gil Hamilton sittng around for some time, and finally decided to read it when it came due for cataloging. I enjoy Niven and Pournelle's writings. I see you and I share some Hebrew, Aramaic, and NT Greek titles. I had my classic/koine greek in college, but Heb. and Aramaic were gained at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). But I grew up in Southern California, so would like to hear the name of your school.

BTW: Articles on your blog are not displaying. I use WinXP with Internet Explorer and default color themes/schemes. It seems that you have a white font on white background on your blogs.
Cool! Moby Dick is one of my absolute favorites. When I get the urge to go to sea, that's what gets pulled off my shelf. Hope you enjoy it!
Great review for Islandia. It's one of my favorite books, and I'm glad to see that others appreciate it as well!
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