The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World

The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World

by Thomas Nelson

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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
  • 9.5-point type size

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718003593
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/26/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1856
Sales rank: 67,953
Product dimensions: 9.36(w) x 7.14(h) x 1.58(d)

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The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
John_Fiscus More than 1 year ago
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. It's the most ancient translation of the OT, it's quoted extensively by the Fathers of the early Church, and it was the Bible of Jesus and His Disciples. If you don't already have a Septuagint, it's well worth picking one up. The case for the commentary: If you're strictly an academic, you may find this to have a limiting appeal; but if you consider yourself a member of the faithful laity, you'll get quite a lot out of this. Even if you're a Christian of Reformation descent, you'll appreciate the uniqueness in character of the OSB commentary because it's the only modern one available that doesn't depend on the historical-critical method to explain passages. Instead, it's comprehensively Christological, even in the OT where it succeeds in pointing out both significant and obscure messianic prophecies. The result is an OT commentary that approaches scripture with the same Christ-centered worldview that is readily present in the NT. If you're a mainline Orthodox Christian, my guess is that you're more likely to love it than not. Other reviewers mention its somewhat simplistic nature, but I feel that the OSB commentary's simplicity is its strength for ordinary study or prayerful reading. As someone who occasionally refers to the Haydock edition of the Douay-Rheims Bible for shedding light on certain difficult scripture passages, I find the OSB's concise, pointed commentary to be a refreshing change, in contrast to Haydock's sometimes excessive wordiness for normal use. Sure, for more in-depth study you'll likely want an additional source, but the vast majority of the time, and for the vast majority of people out there, the OSB's solidly patristic commentary is a sight for sore eyes. If you're an Eastern Rite Catholic, this will fit you like a glove--it even has scripture notes pertaining to the Chrysostom Liturgy. If you're a Roman Catholic, like me, trust me: there's no better modern, complete Bible out there that's made to bolster your faith like this one. The single-volume Navarre Bible is hopefully in the works and, as of this writing, the NT of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible is available for pre-order with the OT probably years away. The potential benefits to such future volumes would be references to Papal encyclicals, pertinent teachings from the Catechism, and explanations by intellectual giants like Dr. Scott Hahn and other faithful scripture scholastics. The OSB commentary, along with the introductions to each book, purposely limits its scope to the wisdom of the Holy Fathers and the Ecumenical Councils of the first millennium. While this may sound like a detractor at first, it has one substantial benefit: these are the teachings that predate any Reformation, or subsequently needed Counter-Reformation, as well as the Great Schism. Essentially, these are the teachings of Christ's Church when Christendom was One: singular and united. If you're less interested in getting to know the "historical Jesus" as portrayed by scholars in most study Bibles, and more interested in meeting with Our Lord and Savior as understood by saints, "Highly recommended" would be an understatement. If this was helpful or if you learned something useful, please click Yes below. Ad majorem Dei gloriam!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Orthodox Srudy Bible is truly a Bible you can divulge yourself into. I soon became engrossed in the explanations of the learned teachers of old, who help to explain the bible passages at the bottom of each page, without altering even a letter from the Word of God. I say this as one who owns two copies of this treasured Book and reads of it every night. This Bible has something no other Bible has, because it includes certain books of the Bible that other churches have deemed unimportant and thrown out of the Bible. These include the Canonical Books, such as the story of Tobit. Before each book there is also an introductory page that gives a background on the author of the book and their role at this point in time. The back of the Orthodox Study Bible also contains maps that you can use to track the movements of the Israelites during their Exodus of Egypt, or where the Jews were taken during the Babylonian Captivity. In the front of the Bible, there is a brief history of all the churches that exist today, and the many skisms and heresies that lead to the branching off from the Original Faith. I truly hope that you will take a peek between the covers of the Orthodox Study Bible to see what it has in store for you, and to discover the messages that God has prepared for you. This book is a spiritual and educational benefit that I believe will inspire those who give it a chance. May God bless you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is everything I wanted and More.....GREAT BUY!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It gives a clearer meaning and connection between the Old Testament & New Testament. It is a wonderful introduction into the ancient & currently existing New Testament Church - The Eastern Orthodox Church.
SanjoyPaul More than 1 year ago
The most accurate translation of the Holy Scriptures of Christians, that includes both the Old and New Testaments. The language is lucid and easy to understand. The explanations and footnotes and insight on the versus that need to be comprehended in greater depth is provided, which will be of great value to the average reader as well as a theologically erudite scholar, especially those in puruit of the true faith that Orthodox Christians follow from the earliest days of Christianity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is to all those scholars whom seem to think The Orthodox Study Bible is a reference book. I would like to kindly clarify that The Orthodox Study Bible is not a reference book, but the bible for the Orthodoxy Faith. I am an Orthodox Christian an would welcome anyone to visit the One True Orthodox Church in Frankfort, so that they may have a better understanding of Orthodoxy. In Christ Evgeniki
AdrianFair More than 1 year ago
As a biblical scholar, I was overjoyed to have had the opportunity to add The Orthodox Study Bible to my personal library. This is an important resource for anyone interested in studying the history and development of the Old Testament, and also in the study of comparative Christian theologies
KreaderFL More than 1 year ago
An illustrated Bible that should appeal to the various branches of Christianity, and especially helpful to Protestants who are interested to learn more about interpretations that differ from theirs. I have not used it a lot as it is new to us, but so far I have not found anything objectionable.
USSangel85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just simply the BEST Study Bible EVER! NKJV can be problematic to perceive in times, but nether the less, it's a Study Bible and it's Orthodox. And the History links and the Church Father's quotations are priceless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a layman protestant, dont know too much, but the ot translation is easier to read than my greek english bible translation. wish it had more insight from the orthodoxy.
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this bibe is truely a gift from GOD. as a convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, I was happy to hear that there is a version of the HOLY BIBLE made around my new found religion. The only thing I don't like about the bible is it's price. in-store it's $70.00 (and that's just the soft cover version!) and I don't like to perchase books online. so, I ended up buying it at my church for $50.00. so, I HIGHLY think you should either buy it at your local Eastern Orthodox church, or online. + glory to jesus christ +
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The New Testament is from the KJV. Can't we get our own new testament not translated by people who don't believe in many of the sacraments and don't understand justification?