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3.0 out of 5 stars Know what you are buying. This book has its limitations., 1 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Orthodox Study Bible-OE-With Some NKJV: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World (Hardcover)
Lots has been written about this Bible (being the only Orthodox Bible available). I only know of two other Bibles with the full Orthodox canon: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha: Revised Standard Version, Containing the Second Edition of the New Testament and an Expanded Edition of the Apocrypha is quite a controversial and dated translation but has full academic notes. English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha has no notes but is a great modern translation respected by Evangelicals and Catholics alike. (It avoids the excessive gender neutrality and controversial translation choices of the NRSV and is one of my favourite modern versions, being very literal but also very readable [in contrast to the clunky NRSV that the Anglican Church seems to be lumbered with].)

The Orthodox Study Bible is basically the NKJV translation with the addition of those books exclusive to the Septuagint, and changes to the text where there is a significant difference between the Hebrew and Greek Old Testaments. (For example, the Hebrew version of Psalm 23 is retained.) If you are looking for a proper translation of the Septuagint, buy A New English Translation of the Septuagint.

The quality of this book is not outstanding but is certainly acceptable and makes this book very affordable. In truth, it is not much of a "study" bible, more a "devotional" Bible. (Compare the notes to those in the Jerusalem Bible and you will see what I mean.)

In conclusion, if you know what you are buying and want an affordable Bible with Orthodox sensibilities, this could be a good choice. (Although, you may also want to consider the alternatives mentioned above.) However, I personally hope that a better effort will be made in the future.
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