The Annual Book Report, 2009 (Part III)

Well, at long last, here is the third and final installment of the book report for 2009 (see the first and the second). While comparatively shorter than the previous installment, it concerns the subject nearest and dearest to my heart, the Orthodox Faith, together with broader studies in Patristics and Church history. Some of the books listed below (e. g., those from the Collected Works of the late Protopresbyter Georges Florovsky) have long been out of print and are nearly impossible to find, so I wish to express my profound gratitude to the unnamed matushka who graciously opened to me her deceased husband’s library and allowed me to purchase an embarrassingly large pile of books for just a few dollars, even though she was fully aware of the average going price of each title in the market. Her kindness will never be forgotten.

V. Orthodoxy and Patristics

Akakios, Archimandrite. Fasting in the Orthodox Church: Its Theological, Pastoral, and Social Implications. Etna: CTOS, 1996.

Anthony (Khrapovitsky), Metropolitan. Confession: A Series of Lectures on the Mystery of Repentance. Jordanville: Holy Trinity Monastery, 1996.

Cavarnos, Constantine. Paths and Means to Holiness. Etna: CTOS, 2000.

Christensen, Michael J. and Jeffrey A. Wittung. Partakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development of Deification in the Christian Traditions. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.

Chrysostomos of Etna, Archbishop, Bishop Auxentios of Photiki, and Father James Thornton. Four Essays on Orthodox Liturgical Issues: A Collection of Liturgical Commentaries Written from a Traditionalist Orthodox Perspective. Etna: CTOS, 1996.

Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, Metropolitan. “Do You Have a Ticket?”: Concerning Repentance and Confession: A Humble Guidebook to Aid Us on the Journey Back to Our Father’s House.  Etna: CTOS, 2007.

Cyril of Alexandria, Saint. Against Those Who Are Unwilling to Confess that the Holy Virgin Is Theotokos. Patristic and Ecclesiastical Texts and Translations 1. Edited and translated with an Introduction by Protopresbyter George Dion. Dragas. Rollinsford: Orthodox Research Institute, 2004.

Daly, S.J., Robert J., ed. Apocalyptic Thought in Early Christianity. Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009.

Florovsky, [Protopresbyter] Georges. Aspects of Church History. Collected Works, vol. IV. Belmont: Nordland, 1975.

Florovsky, [Protopresbyter] Georges. Ecumenism I: A Doctrinal Approach. Collected Works, vol. XIII. Vaduz: Buchervertriebsanstalt, 1989.

Florovsky, [Protopresbyter] Georges. The Byzantine Ascetic and Spiritual Fathers. Collected Works, vol. X. Vaduz: Buchervertriebsanstalt, 1987.

Florovsky, [Protopresbyter] Georges. The Eastern Fathers of the Fourth Century. Collected Works, vol. VII. Vaduz: Buchervertriebsanstalt, 1987.

Fortescue, Adrian. The Greek Fathers: Their Lives and Writings. 1908; repr. San Francisco: Ignatius, 2007.

Haugh, Richard. Photius and the Carolingians: The Trinitarian Controversy. Belmont: Nordland, 1975.

John Chrysostom, Saint. Baptismal Instructions. Ancient Christian Writers 31. Translated and annotated by Paul W. Harkins. New York and Ramsey: Newman Press, 1963.

Канонник. Москва: Издание Московской Патриархии, 1986.

Nikodemos the Hagiorite, Saint. Concerning Frequent Communion of the Immaculate Mysteries of Christ. Thessalonica: Uncut Mountain Press, 2006.

Ostrumoff, Ivan N. The History of the Council of Florence. Translated by Basil Popoff. Boston: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1971.

Payne, Robert. The Fathers of the Western Church. 1951; repr. New York: Dorset, 1989.

Pelikan, Jaroslav. Christianity and Classical Culture: The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in the Christian Encounter with Hellenism. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993.

Pomazansky, Protopresbyter Michael. Orthodox Dogmatic Theology: A Concise Explanation, 3rd ed. Platina: St Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2005.

Prestige, G. L. God in Patristic Thought. 1936; repr. London: SPCK, 1964.

Trapè, Agostino. Saint Augustine: Man, Pastor, Mystic. New York: Catholic Book Publishing, 1986.

Vaporis, Nomikos Michael. Witnesses for Christ: Orthodox Christian Neomartyrs of the Ottoman Period 1437-1860. Crestwood: SVS Press, 2000.

White, Despina Stratoudaki, and Joseph R. Berrigan, Jr. The Patriarch and the Prince: The Letter of Patriarch Photios of Constantinople to Khan Boris of Bulgaria. Brookline: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1982.

Those, then, were the books of 2009. It was undoubtedly a good year for book acquisitions (indeed, the best I had quite some time), but remarkably, it was nowhere nearly as good as 2010! I haven’t even started to catalog the books of 2010, but now that I have finished the previous year I expect to turn to that project soon.


2 responses to “The Annual Book Report, 2009 (Part III)

  1. Thanks! I’m kind of embarrassed to even think of long the 2010 list will be — I bought like 70 books in December alone! But, as you know, December is when I make my annual Grand Rapids run. Anyway, I’ll start working on the list and see where we go from there. :-)


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