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Porphyrios, The Secret is Being Thankful By George Valsamis
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St. Porphyry, one of the best known elders in modern Greece, having direct experience of God and a whole life devoted to the guidance of his spiritual children, left precious speeches. The present... More > edition, offered at cost price, presents important excerpts along with notes that explain Porphyry's thinking. Porphyry emphasizes the secrecy that fits the divine love , the sensitivity and confidence , the awareness , devoutness , freedom and mildness of faith, when life becomes a prayer, realizing the identity of Christ , that "He is our friend , our brother , He is everything good and nice. He is Everything, but He is a friend and he shouts... 'we are brothers... I'm not holding hell in my hand, I'm not threatening you, I love you, I want you to enjoy life together with me." Official page: www.elpenor.org< Less
Symeon the New Theologian, Hymns of Divine Love By George Valsamis
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A selection and translation (in modern Greek) of Symeon's Hymns, of some of the greatest Byzantine poems, describing the experiences of their author from living with God.   The text is... More > accompanied by images of the Christ and of angels, in full color, and by an introduction explaining the endeavor of Symeon to set the Church free from a conventional and faceless perception of faith. Official page: www.elpenor.org< Less
Time and Creation in Gregory of Nyssa and Meister Eckhart By George Valsamis
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To what extent creation implies the Creator’s nearness to His works? What kind of ‘paradise’ man abandoned with the ‘transgression’? Which is the ‘prime... More > matter’ of beings? What is the meaning for man of the spatiotemporal structure and change as opposed to the simplicity of the divine nature? What does the origin of beings ‘out of nothing’ mean? How is the divine will related to space and time? What is the meaning of the end of times? What does creation of man ‘according to the image’ mean? How is the soul related to Creation? How does Monotheism agree with trinitarianism and what is the real value of trinitarianism for the existence of God and man? Raising questions related with these issues, the current study of the cosmology of Gregory of Nyssa and Meister Eckhart highlights also the importance of theoretical similarities and differences between the two great Christian Mystics.    Official page: www.elpenor.org< Less
Bilingual New Testament I - The Holy Gospel By George Valsamis
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The Greek original text, according to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the King James English translation are published here side by side in facing pages, co-operating for an... More > edition that celebrates the original text of the New Testament, helping those who try to study, learn and enjoy this so important ancient and modern language. Contrary to Elpenor’s Greek New Testament, this bilingual edition uses a smaller font size, in order to avoid expanding beyond the limit of two convenient volumes. I am always impressed by the love for Greek shared by so many people especially in the US and Europe. I hope this edition contributes something of real value to their joyous efforts. Official page: www.elpenor.org< Less
Bilingual New Testament II - Acts, Epistles, Revelation By George Valsamis
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The text approved by the Ecumenical Patriarchate aims at providing “the best reconstruction of the most ancient text of the ecclesiastical tradition and, more specifically, of the Church of... More > Constantinople.” The text was based on manuscripts that are usually neglected. Most of them come from and after the 10th century, containing the full text of the New Testament, while others contain only parts used in church offices. The Authorized Version has been called “the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language”, “the most important book in English religion and culture”, and “the most celebrated book in the English-speaking world”. Even prominent atheist figures such as the late Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have praised the King James Version as being “a giant step in the maturing of English literature” and “a great work of literature”. Official page: www.elpenor.org< Less
The Ancient Greeks By George Valsamis
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Why Greeks abandoned their ancestral religion? Is it true that the ancient Greeks developed and propagated Christianity? What is the use of classical studies today?   What can we learn about God... More > from Homer? What are the main characteristics of Greeks according to Homer? How is the theological view of Greeks related with their scientific and technological endeavour?   Why Plato calls philosophy a studying of death? How is ancient religion and philosophy related with the formation of the Polis? What is the reason of the development of democracy? What is the meaning of the distinction between Greeks and barbarians?   What was the vision of Alexander the Great? What is the meaning of Platonic Ideas, and how are they related with Homer and Christianity? What is the ground of the birth of Tragedy? What is the relationship between Tragedy and the whole spirituality of the athenian Polis?   How God intervenes to educate men? What is the meaning of education?   Official page: www.elpenor.org< Less
The Original Greek New Testament By George Valsamis
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This edition of the New Testament, used in Greek-speaking Orthodox Churches, can be regarded as the most authoritative form of the Bible. Greek text according to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of... More > Constantinople (1904/12). Larger typeface for easy reading Chapters divided in paragraphs The text is illuminated with images of Byzantine manuscripts, photos of churches in Athos Holy Mount and in other places in Greece, Orthodox Icons and various Orthodox style drawings. Official page: www.elpenor.org< Less
Kivotos By George Valsamis
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A collection of essays on Greek / European culture, its origins, current issues, and prospect. Texts included in this volume regard philosophy, politics, history, literature, music, cinema, and... More > religion. Take care: everything is written in Greek.< Less

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