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Orthodox Bible?
« on: February 13, 2011, 01:31:05 PM »
Question, and I've done a bit of sniffing around the search function to not much avail, though there is a lot of stuff out there:

Are there any versions of the Bible that are "officially" Orthodox, in the way that the Douay-Rheims/NJB/NAB are for the RCC, or is there at least an edition that is considered standard, as in the KJV in lots of Protestant traditions. Obviously, there are plenty of other versions used by both Catholics and Protestants, but it occurred to me that I would have no clue which versions would be considered Orthodox, which not, etc...

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Re: Orthodox Bible?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2011, 04:51:50 PM »
The two we have are the Orthodox Study Bible (http://orthodoxstudybible.com/) and The Orthodox New Testament, Vol. 1 & 2 (http://www.archangelsbooks.com/products.asp?cat=Orthodox%20New%20Testament). I'm not sure about a strictly Septuagint source.  
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Re: Orthodox Bible?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2011, 04:52:22 PM »
Jim, are you looking for a devotional or a study Bible type format?  

There posters here that are far more knowledgeable than me, but there is not really an "official" English translation Orthodox Bible.  That said, there are some options that are better than others.  For instance, there is the Orthodox Study Bible: http://www.amazon.com/Orthodox-Study-Bible-Ancient-Christianity/dp/0718003594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297629016&sr=8-1 which has a NKJV NT and a hybrid of Septuagint and Masoretic text OT.  It is not without controversy, but many Orthodox authorities endorsed the project and its results.  For those that are omniscient in all things Orthodox, the study notes will not be of help (admittedly, some notes are less helpful than others and become a bit redundant).   I've found it helpful, even if I don't particularly care for the translation.

Fr. Thomas Hopko recommends the old Revised Standard Version.  The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha http://www.amazon.com/Annotated-Apocrypha-Standard-Expanded-Hardcover/dp/0195283481/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297629671&sr=1-1, however, is an ecumenical study Bible with sparse commentary, so it won't be as helpful in explaining differences between the RCC, Orthodox, and Protestant thought.

There are also various available versions of the Septuagint and an "Orthodox New Testament" translated from the Greek and produced by Holy Apostles Convent: http://www.amazon.com/Orthodox-New-Testament-Translated-Leatherette/dp/0944359256/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297630027&sr=1-2   This seems to get mixed reviews, but there are some threads on the Orthodox Study Bible, Septuagint versions, and that Orthodox NT.

My apologies if I answered the wrong question. Hopefully others can improve on the information I included.

Edit: I pretty much just echoed yours, Thankful, only 32 seconds later.  :)
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Re: Orthodox Bible?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2011, 05:40:04 PM »
NOAB RSV or bust.
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Re: Orthodox Bible?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2011, 05:46:06 PM »
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Re: Orthodox Bible?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2011, 05:53:36 PM »
New Oxford Annotated Bible
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Re: Orthodox Bible?
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2011, 08:26:01 PM »
Just a note, I saw that the orthodox study bible is available through kindle.

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Re: Orthodox Bible?
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2011, 06:20:48 AM »
Just a note, I saw that the orthodox study bible is available through kindle.
Just kindled it! Thanks.
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Re: Orthodox Bible?
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2011, 07:17:43 AM »
Just a note, I saw that the orthodox study bible is available through kindle.
Just kindled it! Thanks.


Awesome! I have an ipad with the Kindle App. I'm loving the kindle app so much. It even syncs to my Android phone. Amazon is the best way to buy ebooks imho.

I'm thinking I might procure a copy as well. Although I have a physical copy.