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ILLBORN

By Daniel T. Jackson
  • ISBN Code: : 1800468962
  • Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • Pages : 200
  • Category : Fiction
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BOOK ONE OF THE ILLBORN SAGA Long ago, The Lord Aiduel emerged from the deserts of the Holy Land, possessed with divine powers. He used these to forcibly unite the peoples of Angall, before His ascension to heaven. Over eight hundred years later, in a medieval world which is threatened by war and religious persecution, four young men and women begin to develop supernatural abilities. These forbidden and secret powers will shatter the lives that they have known, and will force each of them to confront the mystery of the ethereal Gate which haunts their dreams. What does the dream mean, and how is it connected to their burgeoning abilities? As they experience conflict, love, lust and betrayal, in lands which are being overtaken by war, they must try to stay ahead of and to survive the sinister forces which are now pursuing them. For they are being hunted… Illborn is Daniel T. Jackson’s powerful and gritty debut novel, and is the thrilling opening chapter in the epic fantasy story of The Illborn Saga.

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By Aristotle
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1625582080
  • Total of Pages : 153
  • Category : Philosophy
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Nicomachean Ethics focuses on the importance of habitually behaving virtuously and developing a virtuous character. Aristotle emphasized the importance of context to ethical behavior, and the ability of the virtuous person to recognize the best course of action. Aristotle argued that happiness and well being is the goal of life, and that a person's pursuit of such, rightly conceived, will result in virtuous conduct. "EVERY art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim." -Aristotle

Maimonides and the Sciences

By Robert S. Cohen,H. Levine
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 9401721289
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Science
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In this book, 11 leading scholars contribute to the understanding of the scientific and philosophical works of Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), the most luminous Jewish intellectual since Talmudic times. Deeply learned in mathematics, astronomy, astrology (which he strongly rejected), logic, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, and jurisprudence, and himself a practising physician, Maimonides flourished within the high Arabic culture of the 12th century, where he had momentous influence upon subsequent Jewish beliefs and behavior, upon ethical demands, and upon ritual traditions. For him, mastery of the sciences was indispensable in the process of religious fulfilment.

ENGLAND SHORT STORIES

By Various
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  • Publisher : 谷月社
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Fiction
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THE TWO DROVERS CHAPTER I CHAPTER II MR. DEUCEACE DIMOND CUT DIMOND THE BROTHERS A TALE[1] "DR. MANETTE'S MANUSCRIPT" THE CALDRON OF OIL I. THE PERSONS OF THE DRAMA II. THE EVENTS OF THE DAY III. THE YOUNGER BROTHER IV. THE END THE BURIAL OF THE TITHE THE KNIGHTSBRIDGE MYSTERY CHAPTER I CHAPTER II CHAPTER III THE KING vs. COX CHAPTER IV THE COURTING OF DINAH SHADD I II THE SIRE DE MALETROIT'S DOOR THE SECRET OF GORESTHORPE GRANGE A CHANGE OF TREATMENT THE STICKIT MINISTER THE RENUNCIATION OP ROBERT FRASER, FORMERLY STUDENT IN DIVINITY THE LAMMAS PREACHING AN UNDERGRADUATE'S AUNT THE SILHOUETTES MY BROTHER HENRY GILRAY'S FLOWER-POT MR. O'LEARY'S SECOND LOVE THE INDIFFERENCE OF THE MILLER OF HOFBAU THE STOLEN BODY THE LAZARETTE OF THE "HUNTRESS" THE GREAT TRIANGULAR DUEL THREE THIMBLES AND A PEA

Architects of the Culture of Death

By Donald De Marco,Benjamin Wiker
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  • Publisher : Ignatius Press
  • Book Code : 1681490439
  • Total of Pages : 410
  • Category : Religion
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The phrase, "the Culture of Death", is bandied about as a catch-all term that covers abortion, euthanasia and other attacks on the sanctity of life. In Architects of the Culture of Death, authors Donald DeMarco and Benjamin Wiker expose the Culture of Death as an intentional and malevolent ideology promoted by influential thinkers who specifically attack Christian morality's core belief in the sanctity of human life and the existence of man's immortal soul. In scholarly, yet reader-friendly prose, DeMarco and Wiker examine the roots of the Culture of Death by introducing 23 of its architects, including Ayn Rand, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Sanger, Jack Kevorkian, and Peter Singer. Still, this is not a book without hope. If the Culture of Death rests on a fragmented view of the person and an eclipse of God, the future of the Culture of Life relies on an understanding and restoration of the human being as a person, and the rediscovery of a benevolent God. The personalism of John Paul II is an illuminating thread that runs through Architects, serving as a hopeful antidote.

New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East

By J. Mohaghegh
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230114415
  • Total of Pages : 234
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Mohaghegh tracks the idea of 'chaos' into the contemporary philosophical and cultural imagination of the postcolonial world, exploring its vital role in the formation of an emergent avant-garde literature in the Middle East, concentrating on the writings of the twentieth-century Iranian new wave.

Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity

By Edwin M. Yamauchi,Marvin R. Wilson
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  • Publisher : Hendrickson Publishers
  • Book Code : 1683073622
  • Total of Pages : 1862
  • Category : Religion
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The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity is a unique reference work that provides background cultural and technical information on the world of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament from 4000 BC to approximately AD 600. Also available as a 4-volume set (ISBN 9781619708617), this complete one-volume edition covers topics from A-Z. This dictionary casts light on the culture, technology, history, and politics of the periods of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Written and edited by a world-class historian and a highly respected biblical scholar, with contributions by many others, this unique reference work explains details of domestic life, technology, culture, laws, and religious practices, with extensive bibliographic material for further exploration. There are 115 articles ranging from 5-20 pages long. Scholars, pastors, and students (and their teachers) will find this to be a useful resource for biblical study, exegesis, and sermon preparation. This is not your standard Bible dictionary, but one that focuses on aspects of daily life in Bible times, addressing interesting and sometimes puzzling topics that are often overlooked in other encyclopedias. I highly recommend the Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity and will be giving it shout-outs in my classes in the years to come. James K. Hoffmeier, Professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern Archaeology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School This wonderful resource is much more than a dictionary. It is a compendium of substantive essays on numerous facets of daily life in the ancient world. I am frequently asked by pastors and students for recommendations on books that illuminate the manners, customs, and cultural practices of the biblical world. Now I have the ideal set of books to recommend. Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Poetry and the Creation of a Whig Literary Culture 1681-1714

By Abigail Williams
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 0191531219
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Poetry and the Creation of a Whig Literary Culture offers a new perspective on early eighteenth century poetry and literary culture, arguing that long-neglected Whig poets such as Joseph Addison, John Dennis, Thomas Tickell, and Richard Blackmore were more popular and successful in their own time than they have been since. These and other Whig writers produced elevated poetry celebrating the political and military achievements of William III's Britain, and were committed to an ambitious project to create a distinctively Whiggish English literary culture after the Revolution of 1688. Far from being the penniless hacks and dunces satirized by John Dryden and the Scriblerians, they were supported by the patronage of the wealthy Whig aristocracy, and their works promoted as a new English literature to rival that of classical Greece and Rome. Poetry and the Creation of a Whig Literary Culture maps for the first time the evolution of an alternative early eighteenth-century poetic tradition which is central to our understanding of the literary history of the period.