I’ve tried to use Xoom.com to send money to the St. Ephrem Ecumenical Institute (SEERI) in India, for the copies of the English translation of Aphrahat’s Demonstrations that they sent me. The last time I used this, I could fund it from Paypal. This no longer seems to be available, and only US bank accounts or credit cards can be used. Oh well.
Fortunately I have a bank account with an international bank. They’ll probably charge me an arm and a leg for a bank transfer. But let’s see.
Meanwhile the story about the Keston College archives thickens. Keston, you remember, is the group that monitored the Church in the old USSR. The archives are now held at Baylor University. Apparently the people at Keston would like them to appear online. But the word that I am getting is that they are kept offline, supposedly because of Baylor’s lawyers’ concerns over copyright. That this also means that this precious resource is exclusive to Baylor is, I hope, coincidental.
Fortunately Michael Bourdeaux has told me to make the book that I scanned — Risen Indeed — available online as widely as possible, and I will do my best, as soon as I get any time.
It’s been a thin week. Lots of people are away, and the pressure at work has left little energy in the evenings. This is why it is so important, if you want to do research work in the ancient world, to obtain a PhD and a research post at a university — even if combined with teaching. Because those who have to spend their days at meaningless tasks, done for hire, can only devote a fraction of their time to the things that excite us all.