More than a study Bible; this is an attractive work of art that begs to be opened, seen, and read. The Old Testament translation has a subtly milder tone than many English translations. Very pleasing fonts, watermarks, iconography, maps, and clearly-written footnotes. Also contains a subject index, glossary, lectionary, prayers, and essays.
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.