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The Orthodox New Testament (The Holy Gospels) 6th Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0944359174
ISBN-10: 0944359175
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THE NEW AND EXPANDED SECOND EDITION Our first edition [ISBN 0-944359-13-2] of THE HOLY GOSPELS or EVANGELISTARION of THE ORTHODOX NEW TESTAMENT was highly acclaimed and well received. We thank faithful and conscientious readers of the Scriptures who made valuable recommendations and suggestions which helped to produce an even better text for this second edition [ISBN 0-944359-17-5]. Improvements include greater usage of Orthodox terminology (i.e., Logos, energy), more and/or expanded endnotes, editing and consistency of spelling, enlargement of many icons, greater clarity of endnote and superscript appearance in the text, the addition of a convenient sewn-in ribbon marker. Thus, with the assistance and service of many in the Orthodox community wishing to serve our Lord and the His Church, we have an improved text, both in content and appearance, of The Orthodox New Testament. In addition, we have received the blessing and approval of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece, under ! the presidency of Metropolitan Kallinikos of Fthiotidos and Thavmakos.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Holy Apostles Convent Pubns; 6th edition (December 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944359175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944359174
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was blessed/made happy to aquire this set of the Holy Scriptures. To me this is a trustworthy translation of a traditional, Orthodox text. Compare with the other 'Orthodox' english translation, the Orthodox Study Bible, and one readily understands the superiority of this. The other is based on a western translation, the New King James Version. This one from Holy Apostles is based on an Orthodox text, translated according to Orthodox theological understanding. For instance, the verse in the Apocalypse, 2:10, in the western translation reads "...Be faithful until death...," whereas in this translation it reads "...Keep on becoming faithful until death..." A simple understanding of Orthodox theology and the teaching of 'becoming Godlike,' beginning now and 'until' the ages of ages, 'until' eternity, reveals the Orthodoxy of this translation as well as the necessity of it. Theology matters...yes it does! I found the endnotes helpful and the iconography adequate. Gosh, wouldn't color prints of the icons be even better! Of course, but not the price, so I can deal with that. The endnotes, like I said, help me, and also build desire to do further readings of the Fathers eventually, because, like the Ethiopian eunuch when asked by the Apostle Saint Philip if he understood the scriptures, could only respond "How can I, unless someone should guide me?" Great volumes...buy them now!
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This is the book I have been looking for! While I appreciate the efforts of the editors of the Orthodox Study Bible, I found this 2-volume New Testament to be MUCH more to my liking. First and foremost, it features a new English translation made by Orthodox scholars primarily from an Orthodox text approved by the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Secondly, it features the direct, in-depth references to the Holy Fathers that are so often lacking in the OSB. The decision to print icons with the text was an excellent one, as the reader can readily relate to both the written and visual Word of God thereby. Clearly the editors of this text went to very great lengths to prepare and present a truly ORTHODOX Bible, and for this they are to be greatly commended. A "must-have" for every English-speaking Orthodox Christian, and extremely valuable as well for those non-Orthodox seeking to learn what the Holy Fathers (who were Orthodox, after all!) have to say about the Holy Scriptures!
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The orthodox new testament is an excellent text for those who are already familiar with the teachings of the Orthodox Church, and/or are familiar with biblical Greek. The translation is very accurate, and intentionally as literal as possible. This makes the text hard to read, but have no fear, there are plenty of notes explaining the difficulties. A textual scholar will find this edition to be very handy for reference, with most variant readings noted, and a listing of all ancient texts containing that variant. Many appendixes in the back, mostly of a technical nature.
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I recently purchased both volumes of the Orthodox New Testament (ONT) and I must say I am very pleased! Having recently purchased the Orthodox Study Bible (OSB) and the Eastern Orthodox Bible (EOB), I now feel the ONT is my favorite New Testament version. Actually, all three have benefits although the ONT is the one I would bring if I were "stranded on a desert island".

First, a bit of self-disclosure: I am not a Biblical scholar or translator, I don't know Koine Greek, I do not posses a broad knowledge of the writings of the Church Fathers, and I am a recent convert to Orthodoxy from Protestantism.

The books themselves are of excellent quality. These are the nicest books I own now. The covers are nice and thick with gold embossing. The pages themselves are thick and high quality, with large text. The sewn in ribbon is a great addition. It would have been nice for the icons to have been printed in color, but still they are mostly clear and high quality with great contrast. It is wonderful to read the New Testament with appropriate icons right there on the page with the written text!

The translation is excellent, although somewhat difficult to read. I find it easier to read than the KJV. To me, the ONT reads about like the NASB - somewhat stilted but necessarily so for accuracy. Also, words like "ye", "thee" and "thou" are used when appropriate to distinguish 2nd person singular and plural. Personally I find this distinction quite valuable. Also, I love the distinctive style of translation mentioned by another reviewer (Michael P. Karcher) - "the verse in the Apocalypse, 2:10, in the western translation reads "...Be faithful until death...," whereas in this translation it reads "...Keep on becoming faithful until death...
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.I will be completely honest, when I first ordered this, I wasn't exactly sure what type of New Testament it was going to be because there is no option to "look inside" this before you buy it. I thought it would be just like any other ordinary everyday run of the mill New Testament. Man was I ever wrong !....This bible more than blows away any expectations of it I had. This bible is the bible of all bibles as far as I am concerned. I love this one ! there are many features which really make this a treasure to own and to read. let me explain.

There are black and white icons all throughout the text which enhances the text and makes it a joy to read. Starting from page 559-568 are detailed appendices which cover the background of this bible,the format of this version as well as thorough and detailed comprehensive explanations of English and Greek grammar,for people,like me, who do not know any Greek and who do not speak it or write it, you will find more information in this section about Greek grammar than you ever wanted to know and were probably afraid to ask. From page 569-596 is a section covering texts,bibliography and other references. from page 597 is a detailed list of the icons used throughout the text and page 607 to the rest of the book is a chronological index of the Gospel parallels.

There are amazing and detailed, comprehensive, and thorough endnotes which can be found at the end of each of the Gospels.The reason they are placed at the end of each of the gospels is because there is no room on the bottom of each page to put this extensive amount of endnotes. That would be impossible!..if the authors did that, do you know what size this New Testament would have to be???..so therefore they are placed at the end of each gospel. It's more logical that way.
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