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The Orthodox Study Bible - New Testament and Psalms: Discovering Orthodox Christianity in the Pages of the New Testament [Paperback]

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (22 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718000307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718000301
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 21 Jan 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orthodox Study Bible 10 Jan 2011
By Daniel
Just bought another copy of this bible for my girlfriend who is considering becoming a Orthodox Christian like myself. This bible gives a absolute fantastic insight, and introduction into the new testament which i find to be flawless. One amazing thing about this bible and the Orthodoxy religion is it hasn't changed its ways since Christ and has remained loyal to the scripture.

Highly recommended for anyone wanting to study the new testament in its most truthful form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well worthy book to have 26 Aug 2009
Having read other Christian commentaries I found this book to be informative and educative. This book also gives an insider account of what the scriptures should be read like from a Greek point of view. It includes scripture interpretation from the Greek to the English with actual meanings as in Matthew chapter 15:27 talks about little dogs eat the crumbs from under the table. This is correct because only puppies and not adult dogs were allowed in the houses during that period of time. You will find that Jewish books back this up. A good read and has earned its place on my book shelve. Not only because it is the first attempt at a book like this for the English speaking Greek Orthodox Christian but also because it is a worthy book to have especially if you like to study the Bible. This book is for any scholar or person interested in Christainity, the Greek language, or the Greek community. The New Testiment after all was written in the Greek language. Therefore this book is a good version of something that is needed in the Christain arena. I look forward to the next one.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A noble effort 17 Feb 2003
By D. Golden - Published on
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There are some people who feel that this translation is lacking in terms of it's strict adherence to Orthodox biblical tradition. The Holy Apostles Convent has published a two volume version of the New Testament that is heavily annotated with comments of major figures of Orthodoxy such as St. John Chrysostom, and is probably the more scholarly of the two versions. However, I still find the accessibility of the writing in the Orthodox Study Bible to be extremely helpful. and often read the versions together. The list of individuals who worked to create this Bible is a veritable who's who of contemporary Orthodoxy, and I certainly don't feel even remotely qualified to criticize their efforts. I believe that the Orthodox Study Bible is a very worthwhile investment and have purchased copies for my children and brother.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful introduction 30 Dec 1999
By Darren White - Published on
This study Bible will serve as a useful introduction to the Orthodox interpretation of the scriptures, and many households will benefit from a copy. It is easily approachable, and the footnotes are helpful to those who are relatively unfamiliar with Orthodox theology.
Yet the critiques of others --that the OSB fails to make use of scriptural study that is prevalent within the Orthodox community, that it fails to be Patristic enough in its notes and comments-- are well grounded. Much more could have been added on the interpretation of passages by the Fathers, and it is a shame that this was not done. The book introductions are quite simplistic and often fail to consider the critical study of even Orthodox scholars on such issues as authorship, dating, audience, etc.
Still, most non-academics will find this a helpful and enjoyable volume. Its lexicon at the end, and guide to Bible reading by Bp. +KALLISTOS, are both excellent.
For those, especially, who are looking for a friendly insight into Orthodoxy through New Testament examination, it is a book worth having.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is for now... 5 July 2003
By zonaras - Published on
_The Orthodox Study Bible: New Testament and Psalms_ is the only Eastern Orthodox study Bible available. This edition only contains the New Testament and the Psalms of the New King James translation. The text is commentated upon by notes giving the Orthodox teaching on Scripture. Currently, scholars at St. Athanasius Seminary are at work translating the entire Bible from the Septuagint, and will include the entire canonical Old Testament, including the Deutero-Canonical books (or as known to Protestants, the "Apocrypha") that are in the Greek Septuagint but not the Hebrew Bible. This edition contains information on how the Bible is viewed in the Orthodox Church, an outline of Orthodox history, tips on how the Bible is to be studied, a glossary of Orthodox Terms, a list of the Seventy, the lectionary and Orthodox prayers. The Canon of Scripture was decided AFTER the Ecumenical Council of Nicea, in which the Nicean Creed was drawn up as the statement of Orthodoxy, thus the Scripture is given its authority by the Church, and Scripture forms the centerpiece of the Church's Tradition dating from Christ and His Apostles. As another reviewer noted, this edition is a "who's who" of Orthodoxy, including Peter E. Gilquist, Jack Norman Sparks, Archbishop JAKOVOS, Bishop KALLISTOS, Bishop MAXIMOS and Fr. Anthondy Coniaris.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful Orthodox companion to the New Testament 15 Oct 1999
By John J. Henderson - Published on
Many Orthodox scholars such as Fr. Jack Sparks, Bishop KALLISTOS Ware, & Fr. Constantine Nasr. It was overviewed by such Orthodox authorities as Fr. Thomas Hopko, Fr. Stanley Harakas, and bishops representing virtually every Orthodox diocese in North America. I find this Study Bible very useful in introducing people to Orthodoxy through the Holy Scriptures as well as a wonderful companion for every Orthodox Christian. I believe that any Orthodox family could benefit from having this Study Bible in their home.
There are wonderful notes on nearly all the verses of the New Testament, giving the interpretation of the Orthodox Church on the Holy Scriptures. It also includes a lectionary, chapters on "How to Read the Bible," and "Introducing the Orthodox Church," and wonderful articles are interspersed throughout the Bible on such topics as "Confession," "The Four 'Orders' in Church Government," and "The Transfiguration." The pages are also graced by the presence of beautiful icons.
I do have a few minor problems with this Bible. Some is left to be desired in the Book of Psalms, largely because the Septuagint, the Old Testament of the Orthodox Church, was not used. (Of course, this is about to be resolved because the same group of people is currently working on the Old Testament Orthodox Study Bible using the entire Septuagint text.) It was also disappointing to see that in the Morning and Evening prayers in the back, there is no mention of the Virgin Mary. However, the notes and articles throughout the Study Bible clearly explain the emphasis which is put on the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church.
I would highly recommend owning this Study Bible, and I don't feel that it deserves a lot of the harsh criticism it has gotten. They did an excellent job!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for devotional reading 4 Feb 2007
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There are several ways to read the Bible - the two most common are devotional and academic. A devotional reader reads the Bible as if it were a love-letter from their Beloved - reading not critically, not looking for flaws or loopholes, or evidence, but rather looking for what the Beloved wishes to communicate. The academic reader reads as if reading a scientific textbook, searching for flaws, evidence, arguments, and proof.

There is a place for both types of reading. Devotional for the Spiritual life, and Academic for the person who needs more evidence to come to Faith regarding a particular teaching, or who writes for those in such a position, or a person who simply has an academic interest in Religious matters. Many times a person might alternate between the two types of reading based on their needs at a given time.

If you are a person who wishes to read the Bible devotionally, with an understanding of the Orthodox Church's teachings on the passages, this is a perfect choice. If you are new to Orthodoxy, or cradle Orthodox, or if you know nothing of Orthodoxy, and want to understand the Church's teachings about every New Testament passage, this is an ideal place to start.

If you are an academic reader, I would still strongly encourage this edition, only with the caveat that you shouldn't expect it to what it is not. It gives a wonderful first level overview of any given passage, and a good place to start for further reasearch. It is not an apologetic work, but neither was it intended to be.

I have read this edition from cover-to-cover - every word, every footnote, every article (except perhaps the index and the copyright page ; ) - I cannot recommend it more highly. Inside the cover there is an impressive list of endorsements by many well-known Orthodox Bishops.
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