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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Studies in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

Andreas Andreopoulos and Graham Speake

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, formerly Timothy Ware, is unquestionably the best-known Orthodox theologian in the Western world today. The papers collected in this volume are designed to demonstrate the spread of his own interests and concerns and therefore range from the Desert Fathers to modern church dialogue, from patristics to church music, from the Philokalia to human «priesthood». In the course of a long career he has touched the lives of many people and there is a section of tributes concerned with his role as spiritual father, teacher, writer, pastor, theologian, and monk. In the epilogue the Metropolitan himself reflects on his many years as a pilgrim to Mount Athos. Most of the papers included in this volume were delivered at a conference convened by the Friends of Mount Athos at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, in 2015 in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos’s eightieth birthday.
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5 The Translator and Writer


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5    The Translator and Writer

I want just to make one observation before I start: that I object to the translation in the title of this book. Orthotomounta does not mean ‘dividing’. That crept into English with Tyndale, who I think got it from Luther, who uses the word Teile. It is a word in fact that occurs nowhere in Greek until the translation of the Hebrew Book of Proverbs. That is the first time it occurs anywhere in Greek: it is not a normal Greek word, but this is a different discussion.

Now I was sitting one afternoon in the porter’s lodge in Dochiariou and two middle-aged Englishmen turned up. They were two doctors from Bristol, one a consultant and the other a GP. They sat in the corner while I was preparing what the Greeks always call to kerasma mas. They expect, as of right, to have their coffee and a particularly lethal shot of alcohol that we distilled ourselves: it was very dangerous. I saw them looking at me and, being English, they would not ask a direct question. So one said, ‘Father, were you born in Bath?’, to which I was able to reply, ‘I am not Bishop Kallistos!’ I knew that he was born in Bath – because his mother happened to be in Bath at the time – a most suitable place for him to be born, the city of Aquae Sulis,...

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