The CCEL Times 2.2 (February 1, 2007)
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In This Issue:
From the Director
This month's featured classic is Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich. This book is one of my all-time favorite Christian classics. Amy de Jong recently gave a very nice chapel talk at Calvin College on the book, and that talk is excerpted below, in the featured classic section. I would like to add that this book was very influential to me at a time when I was going through grief and struggles with God. Though written by a simple, unsophisticated woman in plain (14th-century) English, it is theologically deep, and it influenced my understanding of God’s providence and the relationship between God’s will and human suffering. In her image, she pictures God’s will as a shield that prevents all harm from reaching you, allowing through only what works for your good. Among other parts that influenced me are her discussions on What is sin? and All manner of things shall be well.
Note: The language of the CCEL edition has been updated, but it is still archaic in places. However, if you read it slowly and thoughtfully, it’s not too hard to begin to understand her easily and appreciate her way of expressing complex topics in simple language.
Featured ClassicJulian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love
by Amy de Jong
Finding a book
One of the major uses of the CCEL is to find a particular book. Browsing to the book you want can be slow, and if you use the search engine incorrectly, you can get way too many hits. The easiest way to find a book is to click the Search tab, then click the Titles & Authors tab. Type author or title keywords into the search box and click Search.
Ask the CCELOne reader wrote in with a question about John Witvliet's statement in the last newsletter that John Calvin's Institutes was "arguably one of the top five theology books ever written." She wanted to know: What are the other four? I replied:
I don't think Dr. Witvliet had a particular list of five in mind; he was just saying that any list of some of the best and most influential works of theology of all time would have to include the Institutes. However, I think the CCEL's list of Recommended Readings covers the essential classic readings of Christian history. If you've read them all, consider yourself well-read in the Christian classics!
Editor, The CCEL Times
Greek New Testament CD
The Audio Greek New Testament CD
Study the Greek New Testament while exercising or driving! The Audio Greek New Testament CD contains narration of the entire Westcott & Hort Greek New Testament in Koine Greek. The narrator is an English speaker using pronunciation similar to that taught in Koine Greek textbooks. Audio files are in MP3 format, playable on a computer or MP3 player. The audio quality is quite good. The entire printed text of the Westcott & Hort Greek New Testament is also included in electronic format on this CD.
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