Laurus’ Orthodoxy

“Time is a flat circle.” So says Russ Cohle in True Detective, season one. For him, as for Nietzsche before him, this observation is a nihilistic conclusion about the the ultimately meaningless repetitiveness of life. In the novel Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin, which follows the life of a Russian Holy fool and healer in the fifteenth century, the main character – who goes by different names at different junctures of life: Arseny, Ustin, Ambrosius,…

Interview with Timothy Michael Law, author of ‘When God Spoke Greek’

When God Spoke Greek (Oxford, 2013) is an outstanding and accessible introduction to the Septuagint (or ‘LXX’), the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures. Dr. Law is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany) and a Junior Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Law also serves as editor-in-chief for The Marginalia Review of Books, a magazine ‘focused on the nexus of history, theology, and religion.’…

Book Preview: The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700–1700)

Forthcoming from Northern Illinois University Press is The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700–1700): An Anthology of Sources. Edited by Samuel Noble, a doctoral candidate in religious studies at Yale University, and Alexander Treiger, associate professor in the Department of Classics and Program in Religious Studies at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), this new work fills a present void in academic scholarship when it comes to the latter history of the Orthodox…

Book Preview: The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition

This month, Oxford University Press is releasing The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, the latest publication by Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc. Fr. Eugen was born and raised in Romania, where he began his theological education despite the shadow of communist oppression. He has since received graduate degrees from both Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.) and the University of Bucharest (Th.D.). Currently a tenured Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at the prestigious Holy Cross…