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Coptic Martyr

The Coptic Martyr of Cairo

The latest international thriller from best-selling author Martin Roth

Four Americans in Egypt on an archaeological dig. In the blistering summer heat they are fighting amongst themselves. Then they unearth a body. It is an old priest who has been murdered.

The gruesome discovery sets in train a sequence of events that leads to a deadly Islamist attack on the ancient church where the Americans are working.

The leader of the expedition, Professor Rafa Harel, must decide whether to withdraw his fractious team or continue on a mission to unveil a controversial series of wall paintings, knowing that these images have the power to spark even greater violence.

Meanwhile, watching over all of them is a dreamy young Egyptian Christian named Amir. His only quest in life is to become a martyr...

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Christian Calligraphy on the Internet

I’ve always loved calligraphy. On my desk I have a couple of reproduction icons that I got for a bargain $5 each from the gift table at the Whitefriars Carmelite Monastery when it was closing down. One depicts St John of the Cross, with his name written in Arabic and in Spanish, the latter using the old Latin script that was in style in his day. The other, titled “Christ of the Desert”, features extensive calligraphy in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, which is of course the language of Jesus.

So I was interested to receive an email alerting me to an online store of Aramaic Christian calligraphy. Or, as the site declares: Art the way Jesus would exactly say it!

I’d love to reproduce some examples here, but my experience is that once I try to add pictures to my text I get all kinds of formatting problems. So instead, click to see gorgeous calligraphic designs of the Aramaic for God, Love of Jesus and peace.

I’ve also been looking around the internet for more Christian calligraphy. I loved the decorative work of Michael Noyes. Look at his renditions of Matthew 19:26 or Ephesians 5:18. Locally, Dave Wood does some fabulous work, including a small selection of Christian calligraphy.

The very ecumenical Green Dragon Arts sells Chinese calligraphy. There’s a Christian selection (along with astrology, feng shui, martial arts and more). Here’s Matthew 5:8.

More mainstream is the huge selection at Amen Christian Calligraphy. Here’s an example, the Lord’s Prayer. Others I found include Kingdom Galleries, Goddesigns, Thomas Simmons and Scripture Scribe.

There’s plenty more. Use a search engine, or try the Calligraphy Ring or this calligraphy directory. You’ll find it a lot of fun.

December 20th, 2003


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