The KJV/NKJV translation is a very good Anglican translation, a time when the Church of England was very much Catholic, so there is not as much a concern for Protestant bias such as in the NIV or some other modern Protestant/Evangelical translation.
I've also always liked the ESV. A literal translation that is in modern, readable English. Have any of you guys seen the EOB? It looks like a pretty good Orthodox translation.
Christ is born!
Forgive me if your question was addressed, but I didn't find one.
I have used the EOB and like it, but as far as I know, there is only the New Testament available. I also use the Orthodox New Testaments in two volumes by the Holy Apostles Convent and Dormition Skete: The Holy Gospels and Acts, Epistles, and Revelation.
I've heard one priest say he has reservations about the EOB, but I don't know the specifics.
I also use the Orthodox Study Bible for the Old Testament and sometimes the new.
For the Psalter in private prayer, I use a mixture, but for Psalm 50 (since we are supposed to be praying it at least twice a day) I have memorized it as translated by a team of scholars in cooperation with The Grail, and is translated for singing: The Psalms, A New Translation, Singing Version that was gifted to me by a priest at an OCA parish.
I am not familiar with the EOB. Who publishes it. I usually use the Orthodox Study Bible because the notes were prepared by Eastern Orthodox scholars and the Old Testament corrected to correspond with the Septuagint, the Old Testament of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Of course there is no substitute for the Fathers. You can download the homilies of St. John Chrysostom which covers almost the entire New Testament at http://www.ccel.org/fathers.html. You can download the writings of most of the Fathers at the same site and use the Scriptural index at the end of each vol. to see how the Fathers interpreted a particular passage.
For the Psalms, I prefer the edition published by Jordanville. It has the correct Orthodox numbering of the Psalms and includes the traditional prayers said after reading each Kathisma.
Fr. John W. Morris
Just noticed a few weeks ago that NewRome publishers have it out in two paperbacks.
Here is a link to the website where I initially purchased my copy: http://www.orthodoxanswers.org/eob/index.asp
There are links to the left for various information.
Yes, I think I had a large version of the Jordanville and it found it's way home to an aspiring Church reader. It was a beautiful book.
Edit: Nope. I just looked it up: A Psalter for Prayer
Not sure about all the other editions of Bibles out there, I just used to get theologically stuck every time I read Psalm 50 in the English version commonly read in church: "...that you might be justified in your sentence and prevail when you are judged...." Every time I wondered, "Who can judge God?" 2x a day every day of the year and wonder once a day why it is bad to say "Well done, well done" to someone (Psalm 69 during Compline). Finally I just learned a version for private prayer, though I can still pretty much recite the church version if we are called to pray it together during Orthros or something.
I've tired of trying to pronounce every prayer in fakey Old English. By the time I get to St. Symeon's prayer in the Preparation, I can't even pronounce anything anymore, and I fight being tongue tied, "...all mine evil deeds Thou knowest, and my wounds Thou knowest also, and my bruises Thou beholdest, but my faith Thou knowest likewise and mine eagerness Thou seest and my groan Thou hearest also...."
and by then I want to cry just because this is nearly impossible to pronounce at that point and there is no prayer. So now I'm using a prayer book just published by NewRome in modern English. It has the six Psalms for morning prayers, which I will do as time allows. I wanted to look at the Ukrainian one, but don't know where to find it. Don't know about the Antiochian daily prayers
Is the Jordanville in modern English? I see one on Amazon in Slavonic, but I'm probably not going to be learning Church Slavonic beyond the common hymns, the Oce Nas, and some Gospode pomiluys. Where do you find the Jordanville Psalter in English for online purchase?