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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

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This is the only resource Bible written with study aids and articles written from an Orthodox Christian perspective- the New Testament and Psalms are interpreted from the doctrinal foundation of the Orthodox Church. For the guidance of respected scholars of the Orthodox faith working within a tradition of biblical interpretation which goes back to the apostles themselves.

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Rick L
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Don''t Purchase until You Read this Review
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2018
This is NOT a 100% translation of the Greek Septuagint. It is, instead, the King James Version of the Bible with additions from the Greek Septuagint. I thought it was the former, but it is really the latter. My buyer''s fever has subsided but if I were to look for the... See more
This is NOT a 100% translation of the Greek Septuagint. It is, instead, the King James Version of the Bible with additions from the Greek Septuagint. I thought it was the former, but it is really the latter. My buyer''s fever has subsided but if I were to look for the Septuagint in English, I might look next at the Septuagint from Oxford University Press. Given what it is, it is impossible to tell by inspection if I''m reading the KJV or the LXX, except by prior knowledge. I''m not sure when anyone has last done a complete 100% translation into English, so I suggest a prospective buyer should pay attention to the description of the version they want to purchase.
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Bryson
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The Orthodox Study Bible
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
I just recently received my OSB and thought I''d go ahead and give a "post-study" review. First impressions: The paper cover over the book itself was slightly bent up, however, the binding of the hard-back itself is nice. It''s also worth mentioning that for... See more
I just recently received my OSB and thought I''d go ahead and give a "post-study" review.

First impressions:
The paper cover over the book itself was slightly bent up, however, the binding of the hard-back itself is nice. It''s also worth mentioning that for the print, a lower quality paper is used (so if you''re like myself and make a habit out of marking up bibles, get ready for some bleed-through), but considering the book is only about $40, I think you get what you pay for. With that being said, I would have gladly paid more for better paper quality and a page ribbon or two.

After a "trial study" and reading the first five chapters of Genesis and Revelation, the notes are very straight forward, and feature paraphrases and commentary from the Saints, as well as tie-ins to misuse of scripture by heretics.

Over all, I''m very happy with my OSB.
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Lil City
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Deep spiritual experience.
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2018
As a pentecostal I was very interested about how the Christian body eventually broke into all these denominations. Going to my church elders wasn''t as help as I thought. Ministers seem to go back and forth about denominations (like pentecostals are the only ones going to... See more
As a pentecostal I was very interested about how the Christian body eventually broke into all these denominations. Going to my church elders wasn''t as help as I thought. Ministers seem to go back and forth about denominations (like pentecostals are the only ones going to heaven). After some research I finally came to the Orthodox church. It seemed like the Orthodox church was the closest to the original teachings of the Apostles. I love the commentaries and liturgy of morning and evening prayers (which I have done every since buying this bible). For some reason this bible has a certain "smell" which I can''t figure out. That smell has now taken over my bookshelf with all my bibles and study guides. It''s a good smell that I believe could just be in my head (or is it?) All in all I would encourage anyone interested in seeking a deeper understanding of the early churches of Acts to get this bible. I only gave it a 4 stars because it doesnt compare up to my Life Application bible in regards to bible helps but I somehow feel "closer" while using the Orthodox bible.
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Susan E. Gassler
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The Septuagint contains the original texts in the perfect detailed language of Greek (translated in this Bible into ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2015
The Orthodox Study Bible is a treasure of ancient Church wisdom. I never knew how important it would be for the Old Testament to be Septuigint rather than the Hebrew until I did some studies. Historically, the Septuagint was the primary source of Old Testament for the Jews... See more
The Orthodox Study Bible is a treasure of ancient Church wisdom. I never knew how important it would be for the Old Testament to be Septuigint rather than the Hebrew until I did some studies. Historically, the Septuagint was the primary source of Old Testament for the Jews prior to Christ''s First Coming and was used by Christ, and the Early Christians (est. 30 A.D. to 1600 A.D.). It contained all prophecies of the Messiah, and even in Genesis 1 clearly shows the entire Trinity at work in creating the world, for instance when it says "God spoke, and there was Light." This is poetic verse to say that He commanded Christ who is Light (John 1:1-15) to bring forth light to the entire Universe and all living things. This is lost in Hebrew translation because the Hebrew translation of the Old Testament is from around 12th Century, a thousand and two hundred years after Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead. By then Jews had eliminated most of the allusion of the Messiah to help keep their people unified and so the Truth of that the Prophet Isaiah, Prophet Jeremiah, the Pslamist David, and more spoke was watered down. The Septuagint contains the original texts in the perfect detailed language of Greek (translated in this Bible into English). This alone makes it worthwhile buy for serious follower of Christ and Bible scholar.

In addition, there are many excerpts, notes, and commentaries that change how we understand events. For example, when Jesus reinstates Peter, we remember Jesus asking, "Do you love me Peter?" three times. To us it simply was verbal act to recant Peter''s three denials. But in Greek it is so much more. Jesus asks Peter twice, "Do you Agape me?" Agape is full devotion love for God and man, it leads to even dying for God and man. Peter responds to Agape twice with Philo, which is a lesser love, more like brotherly love. The third time Jesus asks, He says, "do you Philo me?" Peter is grieved, something I always puzzled at until I read the Orthodox explanation that Jesus was lowering his expectation and standard of love to where Peter was at. This humiliated Peter for His Lord to do this, but it actually was a kindness from Christ, Him saying, "I will meet you where you are at, and help you one day get to Agape." This is all in the Orthodox Study Bible. I highly recommend it because it will deepen your understanding of Scripture and help you see the divine hand of Savior from Old Testament to New Testament.
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John
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I wish I could give this Kindle edition of the Orthodox Study Bible a better review. I own the print version
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2016
I''m sorry, I wish I could give this Kindle edition of the Orthodox Study Bible a better review. I own the print version, which has extensive articles and notes that bring out the Orthodox perspective of the Bible in terms of liturgics, sacraments, the Incarnation, Baptism... See more
I''m sorry, I wish I could give this Kindle edition of the Orthodox Study Bible a better review. I own the print version, which has extensive articles and notes that bring out the Orthodox perspective of the Bible in terms of liturgics, sacraments, the Incarnation, Baptism and Chrismation. The notes in the print version emphasize these doctrines of the Orthodox faith in both the Old and New Testaments. I bought the Kindle Version because the print version was too heavy to carry through airports from terminal to terminal (I lugged it for what seemed like miles in a "book bag"). I reasoned that the Kindle was lighter, and I could have the whole OSB as an eBook, so I forked out $15.00 and downloaded it, only to find that the notes are absent, and what this version calls "notes" are just references of one passage to another, much as you will find in any version of the Bible This greatly diminishes what I have in the print version -- I might as well have bought a NKJ, Don''t get this Kindle version if you are expecting to get what you find in the print version of the Orthodox Study Bible.
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Very good edition of the Bible for people interested in the Orthodox tradition and/or the early Church
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2015
As an evangelical curious about many conversions from evangelical camp to Orthodoxy, I received such a Bible with gratefulness, as a very helpful tool. I own both the paper edition and Kindle edition. Both are very well produced. The more I use that edition of the Bible,... See more
As an evangelical curious about many conversions from evangelical camp to Orthodoxy, I received such a Bible with gratefulness, as a very helpful tool. I own both the paper edition and Kindle edition. Both are very well produced. The more I use that edition of the Bible, the more I become informed about the doctrine and practice of the Orthodox family of Churches. I find also many insightful commentaries both from the Church Fathers and from contemporary Orthodox scholars. As an open-minded man I admit that due to the reading of "The Orthodox Study Bible" my understanding of spiritual things increases and that many valuable spiritual counsels help me in my process of sanctification.

I do not recommend that Bible to fundamentalist Protestants. But I strongly recommend that version to all people who already learned to honor other traditions in Christianity and want to learn from other theologians and Christians.

As for the Bible translation itself, the Old Testament contains probably the best modern translation of the Greek Septuagint (LXX), the translation of the Old Testament made in the 3rd century before Christ. Many learned people believe that the Septuagint contains more reliable text of the Old Testament than the Masoretic text made by Jewish scribes long after Christianity appeared on the world scene. The Septuagint is somehow older version which was not preserved in the Hebrew language but as the translation of then available Hebrew text, which is now almost extinct. The Dead Sea Scrolls are a powerful proof for the reliability of the Septuagint. Moreover, Masoretic scribes did not believe in Christ, so they changed meaning of several Messianic prophecies available in the original text. Maybe it was not deliberate effort on their part, but the result of ignorance. You are always confused when you compare the New Testament quotations from the Old Testament with the Old Testament in Masoretic form, appearing in the prevailing number of today''s Bibles. But here you have the Bible translation which does not make you confused, because the New Testament writers used mainly LXX as their Old Testament. So, the Orthodox Study Bible text is the Holy Scriptures almost similar to those used by the first Church. You should also know that the Church Fathers recognized much wider canon of the Old Testament Scripture than Protestants and Jews.

As for the New Testament in that edition, it is simply the New King James Bible (NKJV), based on Textus Receptus, the Received Text of Erasmus, Roman Catholic scholar of the 16th Century. It is not identical with the Byzantine New Testament, but in many respects it is very close to that family of the Greek texts. I believe that the NKJV is one of the best English translations. It contains short and helpful notes showing differences between the Received Text and Critical Text.

So, buy, take, and read and be blessed!
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Zachary Wolfe
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A comment about the build quality of the book only.
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2018
This is a statement about the physical book itself, not the text. I am not qualified nor worthy to state any opinions on it''s text. The quality of the book is good, overall. I don''t see the binding or anything coming apart soon but the quality of the cover, the... See more
This is a statement about the physical book itself, not the text. I am not qualified nor worthy to state any opinions on it''s text.

The quality of the book is good, overall. I don''t see the binding or anything coming apart soon but the quality of the cover, the materials, and the outer binding do lack, somewhat, in quality. Paper quality is very good. Overall, for the price of the book, the build quality is good, could be a little bit better.

There is a difference in the layout between the physical book and the eBook but it must be said that there is absolutely no difference in content (that I can find). The illustrations are, along with the foot notes are at the end of the eBook. That is unlike the physical text itself which is contained within the pages. There are links to each note from the symbol in the text and a link back to the symbol.
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Ramon Aguilar
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This bible is beautiful.
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2017
This bible is stunning to open up. I got the hardcover, my advice, don''t let the dustcover fool you, the book underneath is classy and elegant. The commintaries are great, as the approch the whole bible from a Christian point view, with a mind toward worship, something... See more
This bible is stunning to open up. I got the hardcover, my advice, don''t let the dustcover fool you, the book underneath is classy and elegant. The commintaries are great, as the approch the whole bible from a Christian point view, with a mind toward worship, something lacking in most other bibles. As a Roman Catholic I wish "Catholic publishers" would do more Bibles in this style. It reminds me of the old family bibles pre-vatican II, with prayers, Icons, and guides. This bible presents the Orthodox Faith as beautiful & mystical. From the font size to the page layouts, to the mini-sermons that explain hard to understand Christian-Catholic-Orthodox theology & interpretations this bible works.
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Hunter
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The Word of God
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2019
Are you seeking the Way, the Light and the Truth? Repent in your heart, forgive all, and give thanks to the Lord. The Lord will always be there. He will love and comfort you when you do wrong, and reprimand and encourage you when you think you’re doing right. We are...See more
Are you seeking the Way, the Light and the Truth? Repent in your heart, forgive all, and give thanks to the Lord. The Lord will always be there. He will love and comfort you when you do wrong, and reprimand and encourage you when you think you’re doing right. We are children to the Father. Our true Father. God said not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, we weren’t ready, now we are learning this lesson on our way back into communion with Him. Praise the Lord, and seek out the glory of God!
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The Forest Princess
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Stunning value.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2021
Very pleased with this. Included: A nice colour first page to inscribe names on. All the Apocryphal books are included, in their right order. Lots of great easy to understand foot notes. Lovely full colour plates throughout. A glossary, article indepth on how to read the...See more
Very pleased with this. Included: A nice colour first page to inscribe names on. All the Apocryphal books are included, in their right order. Lots of great easy to understand foot notes. Lovely full colour plates throughout. A glossary, article indepth on how to read the bible. A lectionary. Full colour maps. An index linking words to bible verses. So Index to both annotations and study articles. The bible Gods revelation to man notes. Morning and evening prayers. The seventy disciples of Christ. And their biblical references. Table of contents and order. Introduction to the Orthodox bible. A list of books it has, compared to both the Catholic and Protestant versions of the bible. The Orthodox having the most, the Catholic the next and the Protestant the least.... An over view of the bible old and newer scriptures. An introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church and why it is including the great schism. This has it ALL in! As well as the actual bible scriptures! Worth every single penny. Pages are thing, but clear. And of a decent size. I can read them without my readying glasses, just my normal ones. You will not be sorry to own this.
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Excellent resource but needs proofreading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 2, 2018
An excellent resource, just one small issue that it needs proofreading because I''ve already found text missing joel 3:12-21 is mentioned in the lectionary but is unavailable in the text. This is at least the kindle version. I look forward to it being properly proofread...See more
An excellent resource, just one small issue that it needs proofreading because I''ve already found text missing joel 3:12-21 is mentioned in the lectionary but is unavailable in the text. This is at least the kindle version. I look forward to it being properly proofread though and corrections made because then it would be excellent.
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I just opened it as it’s a gift for my daughter for Christmas. I haven’t had a proper look but at first glance it’s worth the money. The paper is thin as I remember bibles to be when I was growing up. It’s a very shiny covering and the colour is beautiful. I’m thrllled with...See more
I just opened it as it’s a gift for my daughter for Christmas. I haven’t had a proper look but at first glance it’s worth the money. The paper is thin as I remember bibles to be when I was growing up. It’s a very shiny covering and the colour is beautiful. I’m thrllled with the product as I know my daughter will be too. Thank you
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All that you wish from a Bible
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Beautiful tome that in spite of 1800+ pages lies well in the hand. Pleasant type face. Lacks contents page and could do with some marker ribbons. The text notes and the additional articles are concise and clear and illuminating. Icons beautiful. A book that draws you deeper...See more
Beautiful tome that in spite of 1800+ pages lies well in the hand. Pleasant type face. Lacks contents page and could do with some marker ribbons. The text notes and the additional articles are concise and clear and illuminating. Icons beautiful. A book that draws you deeper into Faith and Scripture; which is what this reader needs.
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The Orthodox Study Bible

Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World

Believers of the Orthodox Christian faith now have a clear and compelling study resource enabling them to delve into the riches of Holy Scripture. Prepared by a pan-orthodox team of scholars and pastors, The Orthodox Study Bible brings to one volume the words of Scripture and the understanding of those words from the earliest days of the Christian era. More importantly, this Bible is a treasury of Christian commentary for all Christians of the twenty-first century.

Technical details:

  • 1856 pages
  • Line-matched typesetting
  • Smyth-sewn bindings
  • Clear and readable 9.5-point type

Dimensions: 9.5(h) x 6.63(w) x 1.5(d) inches

The Bible of the early Church and the Church of the early Bible

Dive into the riches of Holy Scripture with this unique study Bible. Within its pages you'll find commentary from ancient Christian perspectives that still remains relevant to modern-day Christians.

With this Bible, you will become a more informed Christian by listening to Christian voices from the first ten centuries after Christ. By listening to the past, your intellect and heart of faith unite for a richer Christian experience with the Orthodox Study Bible.

With this Bible...

  • Become a more informed Christian
  • Strengthen your personal commitment to Christ through the Bible reading and prayer
  • Hear the voices of Christians from the first ten centuries after Christ
  • Unite your intellect and heart of faith, for a richer Christian experience

The Orthodox Study Bible features:

Book Introductions & Outlines

Understand the time, place, and purpose of each book to have a deeper understanding of the writer’s message and how it serves the bigger picture.

Beautiful Full-Page Iconography

Vivid and beautiful artistic representations of biblical events meant to draw you closer to Scripture.

Study Notes from Ancient Christian Voices

Hear the voices of Christians from the first ten centuries after Christ with study notes meant to inform and inspire.

Liturgical Resources

For those who desire more guidance to their devotion, morning and evening prayers are included as well as lectionary readings for those who follow the readings in the Church calendar.

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The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online

The new arrival popular Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World online