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The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Nelson
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Book Description

The FIRST EVER Orthodox Study Bible presents the Bible of the early church and the church of the early Bible.

Orthodox Christianity is the face of ancient Christianity to the modern world and embraces the second largest body of Christians in the world. In this first-of-its-kind study Bible, the Bible is presented with commentary from the ancient Christian perspective that speaks to those Christians who seek a deeper experience of the roots of their faith.

Features Include:

  • Old Testament newly translated from the Greek text of the Septuagint, including the Deuterocanon
  • New Testament from the New King James Version
  • Commentary drawn from the early Church Christians
  • Easy-to-Locate liturgical readings
  • Book Introductions and Outlines
  • Subject Index
  • Full-color Icons
  • Full-color Maps

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620 of 627 people found the following review helpful
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For purposes of full disclosure allow me to say, first of all, that I'm a practicing Catholic Christian of the Latin Rite who hopes to grant a unique perspective regarding the offerings of this particular Bible. I've been in possession of the leather-bound edition since I received it two months after my original pre-order. It's taken me a couple years, but I've really come to love it. As I mentioned in the title of this review, the Orthodox Study Bible has recently dethroned my trusty, old-RSV, New Oxford Annotated Bible as my study Bible of choice. I had little notion this would happen. I do have an extensive collection of Bibles in various translations that I use for comparative study; but probably like yourself, I also have a preferred Bible to go to by default for prayerful reading. Over the last two years, I just found myself picking up the OSB more and more and the NOAB less and less. Allow me to articulate exactly why:

The case for the Septuagint Old Testament:
The unique and most compelling reason to acquire the OSB: it is the only complete Bible in English to be published with the Greek OT right next to the NT. If you have one of those reference Bibles, I'm sure you've noticed that many of the OT quotes used in the NT mismatch when you actually look them up, sometimes to a great degree--this is because Jesus and the disciples apparently quoted from the Septuagint Greek, as opposed to other Hebrew sources, a vast majority of the time. This is so, because Greek was the common language of antiquity in the region and the Septuagint translation (which includes the apocryphal/deuterocanonical "hidden books" of the "second canon") was completed more than a century before Christ's birth.
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When Protestant Christians in the United States think about Bible versions and study Bibles, we tend to think within a fairly set spectrum. Translations are more or less literal, and use texts supported by more or less of the evidence. But nearly all Bible translations we encounter have the same 66 books in the same order. Most of us know the Roman Catholic church recognizes ten or so additional books as a canonical Apocrypha.

Most of us, however, are far less familiar with the Scriptures recognized by the third major branch of Christianity, the Orthodox Church. In that light, Thomas Nelson and the scholars at St. Athanasius Academy have done the church a great service by preparing The Orthodox Study Bible. The Orthodox New Testament canon is identical to the Roman Catholic and Protestant New Testament canon; however, the Orthodox Old Testament has the books found in the Roman Catholic Apocrypha and several additional works (151st Psalm, 3 Maccabees, Epistle of Jeremiah, and a 1 and 2 Esdras with a separate Nehemiah). In The Orthodox Study Bible, these books are intermingled with the books Protestants accept as part of the canonical Old Testament.

Given my background, the textual basis of the work was of particular interest. Though several Protestant denominations still use the Traditional Text of the New Testament, unfortunately most Protestants and the Roman Catholic church use the Modern (Critical) Text.The Orthodox church is the only branch of Christianity that still advocates the Traditional Text. Since the scholars of the St.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much needed Orthodox Bible. June 3, 2008
By zonaras
The "Orthodox Study Bible" is a much needed resource for Orthodox Christians, and anybody who wishes to read the Orthodox perspective on scriptural interpretation. It has the complete Orthodox canon of the Old Testament found in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Bible that was cited in the New Testament and served as the original Bible of the Christian Church. Each book is accompanied with an introduction explaining who wrote the book and why the book was written, along with its spiritual significance.

The notes accompanying the New King James translation of the text are unlike notes found in other Bibles that I've come across. They emphasize the spiritual context of the passages in question, and relate the Old Testament narratives, prophecies, and prayers into a Christ-centered context. Events and people in the Old Testament foreshadow and prefigure Christ. This allegorical interpretation is not found in contemporary secular and "ecumenical" study Bibles, which focus on the bare historical meaning of the passages, devoid of any spiritual meaning they possess.

I have a few criticisms of this book, and they are about the format of the book, not the contents. First, the font in this book is too small. If the font was a point or two larger, it would be much easier to read. Second, margins are non-existent, which makes it frustrating writing notes while reading and reviewing the text. Third, the text runs nearly into the spine of the book, another aspect of this Bible which makes reading it a headache. And fourth, the pages are too thin. Most Bibles, granted, are printed on very thin paper--but the "Orthodox Study Bible" seems like it is printed on paper thinner than air.
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Published 5 days ago by Jon E. Braun
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A very good resource bible. I would also recommend " God's Revelations About You Today", also sold by Amazon.
Published 7 days ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars This is vary fun to read from a protestants point of view
This is vary fun to read from a protestants point of view. there are some major differences from the NIV, which is to be expected there is good commentary and well founded... Read more
Published 7 days ago by thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Gain a Wider Perspective on the Christian Faith.
Appreciate the perspective provided by the Orthodox Faith. Well worth the price and appreciate the accessibility Kindle provides
Published 8 days ago by Matthew G. Zatkalik
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, focused study bible covering Orthodox bibical understanding for...
My New Testament only copy of the study bible provides for clarification on points of agreement and disagreement within Christianity. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Eleanor Cavin
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wonderful Bible with icons in full color and all the reference notes you could possibly read!
Published 20 days ago by CONSTANCE
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Great book!
Published 29 days ago by Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great study/devotional Bible
This is a beautiful, well done edition (hardback) of the Christian Scriptures. I like the use of the NKJV New Testament and the Septuagint Greek as source text for the O.T.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clarence D. Ledbetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for all orthodox and non-orthodox Christians to expand...
Delivered on the date as promised. Great resource for all orthodox and non-orthodox Christians to expand on the knowledge and understanding of your faith. Highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Ryan Mathews
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Love it.
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Then this isn't for you.

The book was designed with Christians, and Orthodox Christians in particular in mind. The translation, and the commentary on the verses of the Old Testament are reflective of this bias.

If you want a book with an unbiased translation with much of the Apocrypha, get the... Read More
Jan 12, 2014 by Jacob Good |  See all 2 posts
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Yes. The footnotes bring you to another page, with a perfect link at the bottom to jump back to the exact spot you started on. The pages that you are sent to have a group of footnotes from the related passages on the page, so you can glance over them all at once, making it easy to just jump to... Read More
Sep 13, 2011 by Luc of Granby MA |  See all 2 posts
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