Orthodox Study Bible
The Orthodox Study Bible is a translation and annotation of the Bible currently in production by clergy and laity within the Orthodox Church. The text of the New Testament & Psalms translation is currently the New King James Version accompanied by Orthodox viewpoint commentary. The Old Testament is being directly translated from the Septuagint using the New King James Version as the template, and will be accompanied by Orthodox viewpoint commentary.
The Old Testament has experienced some production delays. It was originally expected by Pascha (Easter) 2007, but now the Old and New Testaments have been further delayed until February of 2008. The Old Testament edition will include a new translation of the Psalms by Dr. Donald Sheehan of Dartmouth College.
Despite positive endorsements by such prominent bishops as Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America) and Metropolitan Phillip (Antiochian Orthodox Church), some commentators have been critical of the results of the project that have been published so far. Critics tend to be concerned both with the version chosen (NKJV) and with the overall approach of the commentators. One review, printed in the journal Sourozh stated that the commentary "feels far too much like a piece of evangelical propaganda decked out in the trappings of Orthodoxy". It remains to be seen how future publications of the project will address these criticisms.
The Orthodox Study Bible was the result of a collaboration between numerous Orthodox scholars, clergy and lay leaders. The initial draft was prepared by the academic community of St. Athanasius Orthodox Academy. Some of the credited contributors of the Orthodox Study Bible project include:
- Project Director - Fr. Peter Gillquist
- Managing Editor - Mr. Alan Wallerstedt
- Special Consultant - Fr. Thomas Hopko
- Joseph Allen, Th.D.
- Michael Najim, Ph.D.
- Fr. Jack N. Sparks
- Theodore Stylianopoulos, Th.D.
1 The NKJV New Testament was first published in 1979, the Old Testament in 1982.
- Orthodox Study Bible Home Page
- Orthodox Study Bible on Wikipedia
- Conciliar Press
- The Official Conciliar Press Orthodox Study Bible site
- Review printed in Sourozh
- Review printed in The Orthodox Christian Witness, Vol. XXVII, No. 18(1273)
- Holy Orthodox Bible - Peter Papoutsis
- EOB: The Eastern / Greek Orthodox Bible