This is an excellent Version of the Bible for Study. It makes the full text of the Rahlf's Septuagint accessible to the English reader. Authoritative articles on the history of Orthodoxy from an Orthodox viewpoint, an Orthodox lectionary with indication in the notes to text when that passage is used, and the ancient sources for annotations, are most useful. This reviewer wishes that the "Orthodox Bible" encompassed the other Orthodox traditions, such as the Russian as well. It is well priced for the value it contains to students and pastors for whom the Greek of the LXX and the Orthodox traditions are terra incognita.
I was excited to hear that a study Bible had been done for the Orthodox Church. I teach world religions and like to have resources to point to. When I received my copy I was eager to delve in. I found exactly what I was looking for; a source telling me about the beliefs and practices of the Orthodox Church. It has a great section on the history and numerous articles that introduce various concepts and beliefs of the Orthodox Church. In this aspect I was very satisfied.As a pastor I was rather disappointed. As a study Bible it failed to meet my expectations. There are many notes and some do a fine job of helping you understand the text, but this Bible seems to have Orthodox belief in mind explaining how the passage connects to Orthodox belief and worship. I also found that some of the notes were not very relative while more important information which helps to clarify a passage was omitted. I highly recommend this Bible for those interested in learning more about the Orthodox Church; its history, beliefs and practices. I recommend finding another study Bible for those who want help in studying the Scripture.
I find that the Orthodox Study Bible is one of the best Holy Bibles that I have seen in understanding the text. The explanations of the scriptures is extrodinary and sheds light on the true meaning of the scriptures, as it is made easy to understand. Its interpretation expounds on the truth as the early church fathers understood it. It is truly a masterpiece.
Last week I finished my reading of the Orthodox Study Bible.I've been using public transit to commute to work and using the time to include a reading of the Bible from front to back. I've read three other versions of the Bible before this.This has been a wonderful opportunity for me to immerse myself in a new translation of the Old Testament in a bible which includes the other books not found in the Protestant bible.I can definitely recommend this book for biblical study. The footnotes are extensive, adding a great depth of history and tradition to the study.Have a good day!
It is a blessing (and long overdue) to have such a complete Bible and a Bible that is so readable. While the study notes are not the end of Scriptural knowledge, they definitely help enhance our understanding of Scriptural passages. This Bible really points out Christ in the Old Testament, something I have never seen in any Bible I've come across today. It has truly helped my understanding of Christ in the Old Testament.If the Orthodox Church is the True Church, the Church of Christ and the Apostles, then this Bible is a must for anyone who wants to get back to the Apostolic Tradition!