- Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (October 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885652135
- ISBN-13: 978-1885652133
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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The New Testament: An Orthodox Perspective, Vol. 1: Scripture, Tradition, Hermeneutics Paperback – October 1, 2004
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About the Author
"Fr. Theodore G. Stylianopoulos, has taught New Testament and Orthodox Spirituality at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology for many years. He holds degrees from Holy Cross (B.A.), Boston University School of Theology (S.T.M.), and Harvard Divinity Schools (Th.D.). A contributor to numerous theological, ecumenical, and church conferences over several decades, he is the author of many books, including Justin Martyr and the Mosaic Law (1975), Bread for Life: Reading the Bible (1980), Christ in Our Midst (1981), A Year of the Lord, 5 Vols. (1981-88), The Eternal Liturgy (1987), The Good News of Christ (1991), and The New Testament: An Orthodox Perspective (1997)."
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The author seems more "at home" dealing with liberal biblical criticism and footnotes helpful books from a variety of hermeneutical "flavors" such as feminist and liberation schools of thought. However, he fails to give any helpful books from the Protestant fundamentalist school and instead footnotes books that critique it instead. He also called me, and most Church Fathers by the way, an obscurantist three times in the book for actually affirming a belief in a literal 6-day creation.
Chapter 1 deals with the "Nature of Holy Scripture" and does so well. Chapter 2 is "The Authority and Uses of Holy Scripture." Chapter 3 is on Hermeneutics and the far to brief, in my opinion, forth chapter covers the Church Fathers on Scripture in 14 pages. Chapter 5 is on Modern Biblical Scholarship and critiques the post-Enlightenment "higher-critical" movements in academia. Chapters 6 & 7 deal with critiques of modern Orthodox exegetes and the authors own personal model for hermeneutics. 2 short appendices are essays from St. John of Damascus & St. Symeon New Theologian excepted from a couple of Roman Catholic works translating them. Stylianopoulos does point out a deficiency in the RC translation of St. Symeon by C. J. deCatanzaro on p. 219.
Overall it is the best Orthodox hereneutical book that I have found so far and I would recomend it to Orthodox, RC and Protestants. I am still waiting for an excellent (read Traditional) Orthodox book dealing with the OT and especially the LXX vs. MT controversy.