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4.0 out of 5 stars Good content, but the quality of the Bible itself is lacking, 10 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Orthodox Study Bible-OE-With Some NKJV: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World (Hardcover)
The Bible itself has the classic look and feel of many Protestant/Evangelical study Bibles. It has a very attractive dust jacket, but the hardback cover itself is also very nice looking, with a burgundy "church pew" look. I do not feel that it is quite up to the standard of other study Bibles in its class in terms of quality of the materials used to produce it.

So I feel that it loses 1 star for its quality (when compared to other study Bible I have.

I enjoyed the introduction to the Orthodox Church at the front, but I found (perhaps necessarily so) that it was very short, and over simplified the issues at stake. A good book on the subject would be Timothy Ware's The Orthodox Church

I enjoyed the various study articles, which expounded a little more on the beliefs of the Orthodox church.

My main interest in this Bible is its inclusion of the Septuagint version of the OT, which is the version most quoted by Jesus and His Apostles, and also its inclusion of the Apocrypha (Deuterocanon), which was quoted and read by the Apostles and the Early Church.

The notes are somewhat interesting in giving another perspective from the normal evangelical one. The many quotes from the Early Church Writers including the Ante-Nicene Writers was a very nice touch, though not very clear or in depth. Many of the notes (At least in the Torah) are very repetetive. In Genesis for example, everytime The Lord speaks or appears, the notes make a point of saying something like "This is the Word of God, the second person of the Trinity. This Word is the Son of God". Or if the Angel appears, it says something very similar. It got broing real quick and put me off the notes. I didn't even want to read them after a while, as I found them more distracting than anything else. I wanted something more meaty.

Considering the lack of resources on the Early Church, this is a good buy overall. It should be an introduction into a very complex, yet satisfying issue (Church history), but you couldn't stop there.

Update 2013: I've decided to read through the Bible in 4 months. A big task, especially since I've chosen to read the Orthdoox Study Bible, which has 76 books as compared to the Protestant 66. 4 chapters 3 times per day for a total of 12. It's difficult to always find the time. And I find myself speed reading through much of the Torah, with it's long genealogies and who did what and how for each of the 12 tribes.

Anyway, all that to say that I have been finding a few printing errors. I wil post as I find but here are two so far that I have found: Leviticus 13:55, Numbers 9:21
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