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

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Concise Review: Why this is now by study Bible of choice

    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.

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    Ad majorem Dei gloriam!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Concise Review: Why this is now my study Bible of choice

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    Unexpected Treasure Found at Barnes and Noble

    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2009

    loved it

    it is everything I wanted and More.....GREAT BUY!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2009

    The Orthodox Study Bible: The Book of All Truths

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    A reviewer

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

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    The New Testament is from the KJV. Can't we get our own new test

    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?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    The best Bible available to understand and study the true faith held by Christians from the time of Jesus Christ

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2010

    The Orthodox Study Bible

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2012

    Interesting

    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.

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