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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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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781418576363
ISBN-13: 9781418576363
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Text Color: Black Letter

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Publisher's 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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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love it.
    April 14, 2016
    BodiaBodia
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Orthodox Study Bible - Hardcover edition.
    It is an amazing bible, I wish it was a little better quality, but I just love this version. I know I made a good choice purchasing it, I do recommended it a lot.

    - The Orthodox Study Bible - Hardcover edition
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Absolute Massacre of the Church Fathers
    August 28, 2014
    JJim
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for The Orthodox Study Bible - Hardcover edition.
    I have to admit that I am very disappointed in this product, in several regards.

    Quality of Object

    The object itself, the book, is rather substandard such that, when I took the dust jacket off, I found glue on the cover, and it won't come off. Further, the binding is a bit weak and the paper quality less than optimal.

    Quality of Material

    As to this being an Orthodox study Bible, I am also disappointed.

    The preambulatory material claims to follow represent the Greek text (Septuagint) of the Old Testament, and they do so to a level that most would find satisfactory, but it is not satisfactory to me. For one, they simply borrowed the NKJV whenever its OT was close enough to the Septuagint. This means that some mistranslation of the Greek have occurred. For example, the literal rendering of the Greek of Genesis 1:2 should be "Yet the earth was invisible and unformed, and darkness was over the abyss, and a divine wind was being carried along over the water" (NETS), but the Orthodox study Bible reads with the NKJV in saying "Spirit of God" instead of "divine wind." The difference may seem slight, but the implications are not. That is, the Greek reading allows for God to be distinct as to person but not as to essential essence (the Greek differentiates between the "what" of God and the "who" of God), but the NKJV reads with an overemphasis on person, making it seem like the Holy Spirit is a completely separate entity or force, which is not the Orthodox understanding, nor is it an accurate reflection of the Greek text. Second, the text claims to follow the Alfred and Brenton editions of the Greek text, but this produces an inconsistency for the Orthodox in that both of those texts rely heavily on Codex Vaticanus. Where is the inconsistency? Well, Codex Vaticanus reads along with the Alexandrian text for the majority of its New Testament text, but the Orthodox reject the Alexandrian text in favor of the later Byzantine text. Consequently, this Bible uses what is essentially a forbidden (strongly disliked) for its Old Testament but rejects that very same text when it comes to the New Testament. This is a huge inconsistency as to the academic honesty of the producers of this study Bible.

    As to "study" material itself, I find it woefully lacking in that the vast majority of passages are left untouched. Instead, the primary focus is on those passages wherein a difference of understanding occurs between the Orthodox and Protestants. Because of this obvious singular focus, this Bible is not so much a study tool as it is propaganda.

    As to the value of the footnotes themselves, I also find a dirth of worth. For example, this Bible misrepresents St Chrysostom's understanding of I Corinthians 15:29 such that his understanding of our new life in Christ was not even discussed. Further, this study Bible failed to address controversial passages well at all (like Mark 16:9-20). In fact, they made stuff up about John chapter 5 in saying that the pool of Bethesda was used for washing sheep, despite all of the evidence which shows it was either a human Mikveh (ceremonial washing place) or a pagan healing pool (which makes sense especially if John 5:4 really is inauthentic).

    Overall, I am sorely unimpressed with this Bible. it's propaganda, pure and simple. It is not an honest nor accurate analysis of the Bible in light of the Orthodox faith. In my opinion, if a Bible either (a) refuses to acknowledge and seriously consider those things which light in disputation or (b) misrepresents the statements of the church fathers, then I have no use for it.

  3. Cold Spring, Kentucky
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    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellence at every turn
    February 13, 2013
    RonSkulas
    Cold Spring, Kentucky
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am so very pleased with my purchase of the eBook version of the Orthodox Study Bible. It gives me yet another opportunity to have it near me in all of my devices both portable and home-based. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in having the same experience.
  4. Marietta, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Who are the Orthodox?
    July 2, 2012
    Tim from Marietta
    Marietta, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Orthodox Study Bible - Hardcover edition.
    The helps in this Bible do an excellent job of explaining who, what, when , and where the Orthodox Church is.

    Great worship tools included.
  5. USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Read the available negative reviews for balance
    June 11, 2012
    OC77
    USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Orthodox Study Bible - Hardcover edition.
    There are soberminded, negative critiques available for this study Bible. They are well worth reading to help one decide whether or not this is a Bible to purchase. I also would like to address the question about why the words of Christ are not printed in red. Priests have explained to me that we do not split apart the Holy Trinity this way, as if the words of Christ are "more important" than the words and work of either the Father or of the Holy Spirit. God is One in Holy Trinity, and the "red ink" subtly implies a separation. Makes sense to me, and I hope it will be helpful to others as an Orthodox explanation.
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