I much prefer the NKJV to the KJV with all the thees and thous and archaic terminology. Elizabethan/Jacobean English is great when enjoying Shakespeare, but I think more easily understood English is better, especially when encouraging young people to read the Bible. However, don't the comments in the OSB help to understand an Orthodox pov, especially for converts?
Very good question. For me, it is a matter of preference. I am quite used to Commentaries, and prefer a more in depth discussion over the snippets in the bottom of a "Study Bible". I am not sure that one could really call the snippets an "Orthodox" point of view, since two thousand years of history have left several points of view on many subjects. The OSB is representative of the SCOBA point of view, and seems to me to have more in common with modern Protestant textual criticism (the subject of a former thread) than the strictly traditional view of what I normally read. This is simply my opinion and a comment as to why I do not feel the need for the commentary contained in the OSB and would like a copy of just the Biblical text. However, your last statement finds me very much in agreement. The same things that I do not like about the commentary of the OSB would, however, make it VERY useful for a person seeking a bridge between Protestantism and Orthodoxy. Probably as much use for a seeker as a convert. I believe that there is also some use for the OSB since the average convert (or Orthodox Christian for that matter) probably does not have a history of extensive comparative reading of Protestant, Latin, and Patristic commentaries of the Scriptures. When I run into a question regarding the meaning of a passage in the Scriptures, I usually look at as many patristic writings as I can to get an idea of the consensus of the Church on the matter (if, indeed, there is one). Not everyone may have the luxury of having a library of these at home, or the desire to search the writings out for themselves (I was shocked to find that many Orthodox Churches do not have much of a library, and the Priest may or may not have a collection himself. Quite the opposite of my experience in the Lutheran Church). This could make a "Study Bible" useful, so I am not against the OSB. Again, it is a matter of preference on my part.