Thursday, June 26, 2008

Orthodox Study Bible

I saw this at Borders yesterday. It's "... 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." The subtitle is (if you can't see from the picture above): Ancient Christianity Speaks To Today's World.

That means a Study Bible which based its OT texts (includes the Deuterocanonical books) on the Septuagint (the OT versions which most of the NT authors used), and expound by Eastern Orthodox theology!

Orgasmic excitement initially, until I read that the English NT version used in the Study Bible is the NKJV. That's the worst anti-climax for the first half of this year.

Anyway, this Study Bible is produced by St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology. More information about the people and history of the project can be found at the

So, I have to stay contented with my HarperCollin's Study Bible - Student Edition, which also contains the Deuterocanonical books.


Mark said...

Why are you so down on the NKJV portion of the Orthodox Study Bible. I would have thought that it would have been acceptable seeing it was the TR.


Sze Zeng said...

Hi Mark,

Personally I prefer the Alexandrian text-type rather than the Byzantine which TR is part of.