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The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World Hardcover – February 26, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 1856 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718003594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718003593
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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686 of 694 people found the following review helpful By John Gregory on April 21, 2010
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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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286 of 297 people found the following review helpful By zonaras on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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233 of 241 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Mount on March 27, 2009
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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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