Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Open Coptic Dictionary Project

This is a proposal to start building a web-based Coptic dictionary.

1- Provide an web-based Coptic Dictionary
1- Editable by all members : Any member in the forum can (add new words / suggest correction for an existing word / etc ...)
2- Open : Any visitor (guest or member) can view the database and use its search functionality freely
3- Reliable : Because there is field where the member should (but not required to) enter the refernces [i.e. from where did he get this word and its meaning]
4- A Desktop application will be provided as an alternative to the web interface and to give more functionallity (like downloading the entire database and seacrh offline)
The dictionary will consist of a Big tables with the following fields
word -> where you can enter the coptic word
origin -> where you can tell if it is Greek word or Coptic word
dialect -> Sahidic, Bohairic, Fayumic, Achmimmic, & sub-Achmimmic.
Pronounciation -> How the word WAS Pronounced (this field should be written in latin letters)
member -> the member who added this word. this allow us to know who provide accurate informations and who add words carelessly
other spellings -> any different spelling for the same word
refernces -> list of refernces that has this word ( dictionaries, lessons books, websites, .....)
comments -> Any comments for this word"

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Catholic Top 10

Somehow or other my latest book, The Lost Sayings of Jesus: Annotated & Explained has ended up in the top ten paperback Catholic bestsellers for May 2006.

1. "The Da Vinci Deception." Shea, Sri & the Editors of Catholic Exchange (Ascension Press)
2. "Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church." (USCCB)
3. "Catechism of the Catholic Church." (Doubleday, Our Sunday Visitor and USCCB)
4. "God Is Love (Deus Caritas Est)" Pope Benedict XVI (USCCB)
5. "The Friendship of Women." Joan Chittister (BlueBridge)
6. "Life of the Beloved." Henri J.M. Nouwen (Crossroad)
7. "Return of the Prodigal Son." Henri J.M. Nouwen (Doubleday)
8. "Handbook for Today's Catholic." A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication (Liguori)
9. "Theology of the Body for Beginners." Christopher West (Ascension)
10. "The Lost Sayings of Jesus." Andrew Smith (SkyLight Paths)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Radio Interview

I will be interviewed about my new book, The Lost sayings of Jesus: Annotated & Explained on Gary Goldberg's In the Spirit radio program, on Thursday June 8 at 2pm EST. The program will stream live at