This is the title of a lecture by my hero, the learned Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash), which has recently been posted on the Internet. Father Ephrem is a distinguished philologist and translator, well versed in several ancient and modern languages as well as in the whole corpus of biblical and patristic literature. As he is one of my personal heroes, I’m delighted that this lecture has been made available online, and that I can share it with you. Enjoy!
Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash) holds degrees in humanities, theology, and languages from St. John’s College, Oxford; the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Paris; and the École Pratique des Hautes Études of the Sorbonne. He has served as lecturer in Biblical Greek, Hebrew, and New Testament at the Institut Catholique, Paris; assistant editor of the Oxford Hebrew Dictionary; faculty member in Oriental Studies at Oxford University; lecturer in Biblical and Patristic Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne; and currently as honorary research fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at Manchester University. From 1984–1987 he resided in the Monastery of Docheiariou, Athos. His publications include On the Life of Christ: Kontakia by Saint Romanos the Melodist (ISLT); An Orthodox Prayer Book (OUP); and articles and reviews in various dictionaries, encyclopædias, and journals.
[H/T: Aaron Scott Taylor, who kindly passed the link along.]