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The Orthodox New Testament: The Holy Gospels [Hardcover]

Holy Apostles Convent , Dormition Skete
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October 2000
THE ORTHODOX NEW TESTAMENT, two-volume set. THE HOLY GOSPELS and ACTS, EPISTLES, AND REVELATION. NEW AND ENLARGED SECOND EDITION AVAILABLE.

With so many English New Testaments on the market, which version is most faithful to the original Greek? How do you choose one that reflects Orthodox perspective and theological content? Our Orthodox monasteries, Holy Apostles Convent and Dormition Skete, labored six years, with a committee of contributors, to present this fully illustrated Orthodox translation, which has been diligently compared against the original Greek text, the authorized version (1912) of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the King James Version. There was no compromise of accuracy and reliability in this brand-new translation which echoes the rhythms and idioms of the original Greek. This promises to be an enriched reading experience that gives you an in-depth understanding of God's word, answering commonly asked textual and theological queries for vital and penetrating insights into God's word.

We have brought together a trustworthy and one-of-a-kind patristic commentary which draws from the whole spectrum of the authority of the Church Fathers for a rich, dependable, invaluable resource for devotional reading, Bible study, sermon preparation, and teaching. Explore the Scriptures with the champions of Orthodoxy with hundreds of succinct, reliable, and inspiring commentaries that elaborate on difficult passages, thereby providing a clearer understanding.

Gain a greater understanding of the shades of meaning in the original language with word studies stressing meaningful nuances in the Greek, but often lost in other translations. Even for those who do not know Greek, exegetical material gives critical analysis of key words, that is not overly technical, for both beginners and scholars alike.

Special Features include: (1) Experience the New Testament fully illustrated with Orthodox icons interspersed, thus complementing pertinent text so that you can reverently view Christ, His Mother, the Apostles, and many other biblical personalities, together with sacred events, Bible scenes, miracles, parables, and numerous apocalyptic depictions. (2) High-quality format. Text is in large, easy-to-read 13-point typeface; endnotes are in a readable and clear 10-point typeface. (3) Words of Christ and others set in quotations. (4) At the end of each book of the New Testament, references and informative notes on linguistics, key words, difficult terms and phrases. Extensive explanatory notes packed with information on textual difficulties and theological concepts that enable you to discover the rich truths of the original Greek text. (5) Chronological Index of Gospel Parallels. (6) Instructive Appendix and Bibliography, and detailed listing of Greek codices explained.

Our two new handsomely bound 6x9 Smyth-sewn case-bound books, in sturdy lexotone with gold stamping on cover and spine, are printed on high-opacity acid-free pages, and lavishly illustrated. Sewn in gold ribbon marker. The second edition has been expanded. Printed with the blessing of the Synod of Bishops of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece and the Diaspora under Metropolitan Kallinikos. The Orthodox New Testament is available as a set with with both The Holy Gospels (ISBN 0944359175, 640 pages, 230 icons, $37.50) and Acts, Epistles, and Revelation (ISBN 0944359183, 672 pages, 137 icons, $37.50), or may be purchased individually.


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THE NEW AND EXPANDED SECOND EDITION Our first edition [ISBN 0-944359-13-2] of THE HOLY GOSPELS or EVANGELISTARION of THE ORTHODOX NEW TESTAMENT was highly acclaimed and well received. We thank faithful and conscientious readers of the Scriptures who made valuable recommendations and suggestions which helped to produce an even better text for this second edition [ISBN 0-944359-17-5]. Improvements include greater usage of Orthodox terminology (i.e., Logos, energy), more and/or expanded endnotes, editing and consistency of spelling, enlargement of many icons, greater clarity of endnote and superscript appearance in the text, the addition of a convenient sewn-in ribbon marker. Thus, with the assistance and service of many in the Orthodox community wishing to serve our Lord and the His Church, we have an improved text, both in content and appearance, of The Orthodox New Testament. In addition, we have received the blessing and approval of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece, under ! the presidency of Metropolitan Kallinikos of Fthiotidos and Thavmakos.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best translation of the New Testament Feb. 21 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have read this New Testament and the companion volume of the Epistles and Revelation with great joy and spiritual enrichment. I plan to keep reading and learning form the depth of the dymanic translation and the comprehensive endnotes by the Church Fathers. Most important is the treating of the Greek tenses so that the dymanic and energetic reality of the energies of God are available which is usually not the case in other translations. I would also like to recommend the new "Orthodox New Testament Research Program" now available on CD ROM where one can search, write notes, form and print research and much more. Wonderful!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best English Bible EVER! April 17 2003
Format:Hardcover
Not only is the translation clear to read and faithful to the original Kione Greek, but the Patristic quotes used for the footnotes, makes it far superior to other "Study Bible" or translations. No Christian should be without theis Bible!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm blessed/ made happy with this text Dec 8 2002
Format:Hardcover
I was blessed/made happy to aquire this set of the Holy Scriptures. To me this is a trustworthy translation of a traditional, Orthodox text. Compare with the other 'Orthodox' english translation, the Orthodox Study Bible, and one readily understands the superiority of this. The other is based on a western translation, the New King James Version. This one from Holy Apostles is based on an Orthodox text, translated according to Orthodox theological understanding. For instance, the verse in the Apocalypse, 2:10, in the western translation reads "...Be faithful until death...," whereas in this translation it reads "...Keep on becoming faithful until death..." A simple understanding of Orthodox theology and the teaching of 'becoming Godlike,' beginning now and 'until' the ages of ages, 'until' eternity, reveals the Orthodoxy of this translation as well as the necessity of it. Theology matters...yes it does! I found the endnotes helpful and the iconography adequate. Gosh, wouldn't color prints of the icons be even better! Of course, but not the price, so I can deal with that. The endnotes, like I said, help me, and also build desire to do further readings of the Fathers eventually, because, like the Ethiopian eunuch when asked by the Apostle Saint Philip if he understood the scriptures, could only respond "How can I, unless someone should guide me?" Great volumes...buy them now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty May 28 2002
Format:Hardcover
The orthodox new testament is an excellent text for those who are already familiar with the teachings of the Orthodox Church, and/or are familiar with biblical Greek. The translation is very accurate, and intentionally as literal as possible. This makes the text hard to read, but have no fear, there are plenty of notes explaining the difficulties. A textual scholar will find this edition to be very handy for reference, with most variant readings noted, and a listing of all ancient texts containing that variant. Many appendixes in the back, mostly of a technical nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm blessed/ made happy with this text Dec 8 2002
By thefifthseal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was blessed/made happy to aquire this set of the Holy Scriptures. To me this is a trustworthy translation of a traditional, Orthodox text. Compare with the other 'Orthodox' english translation, the Orthodox Study Bible, and one readily understands the superiority of this. The other is based on a western translation, the New King James Version. This one from Holy Apostles is based on an Orthodox text, translated according to Orthodox theological understanding. For instance, the verse in the Apocalypse, 2:10, in the western translation reads "...Be faithful until death...," whereas in this translation it reads "...Keep on becoming faithful until death..." A simple understanding of Orthodox theology and the teaching of 'becoming Godlike,' beginning now and 'until' the ages of ages, 'until' eternity, reveals the Orthodoxy of this translation as well as the necessity of it. Theology matters...yes it does! I found the endnotes helpful and the iconography adequate. Gosh, wouldn't color prints of the icons be even better! Of course, but not the price, so I can deal with that. The endnotes, like I said, help me, and also build desire to do further readings of the Fathers eventually, because, like the Ethiopian eunuch when asked by the Apostle Saint Philip if he understood the scriptures, could only respond "How can I, unless someone should guide me?" Great volumes...buy them now!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty May 28 2002
By Benjamin Eby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The orthodox new testament is an excellent text for those who are already familiar with the teachings of the Orthodox Church, and/or are familiar with biblical Greek. The translation is very accurate, and intentionally as literal as possible. This makes the text hard to read, but have no fear, there are plenty of notes explaining the difficulties. A textual scholar will find this edition to be very handy for reference, with most variant readings noted, and a listing of all ancient texts containing that variant. Many appendixes in the back, mostly of a technical nature.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Orthodox New Testament! May 26 2006
By James H. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the book I have been looking for! While I appreciate the efforts of the editors of the Orthodox Study Bible, I found this 2-volume New Testament to be MUCH more to my liking. First and foremost, it features a new English translation made by Orthodox scholars primarily from an Orthodox text approved by the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Secondly, it features the direct, in-depth references to the Holy Fathers that are so often lacking in the OSB. The decision to print icons with the text was an excellent one, as the reader can readily relate to both the written and visual Word of God thereby. Clearly the editors of this text went to very great lengths to prepare and present a truly ORTHODOX Bible, and for this they are to be greatly commended. A "must-have" for every English-speaking Orthodox Christian, and extremely valuable as well for those non-Orthodox seeking to learn what the Holy Fathers (who were Orthodox, after all!) have to say about the Holy Scriptures!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly Orthodox New Testament June 13 2011
By ethios4 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently purchased both volumes of the Orthodox New Testament (ONT) and I must say I am very pleased! Having recently purchased the Orthodox Study Bible (OSB) and the Eastern Orthodox Bible (EOB), I now feel the ONT is my favorite New Testament version. Actually, all three have benefits although the ONT is the one I would bring if I were "stranded on a desert island".

First, a bit of self-disclosure: I am not a Biblical scholar or translator, I don't know Koine Greek, I do not posses a broad knowledge of the writings of the Church Fathers, and I am a recent convert to Orthodoxy from Protestantism.

The books themselves are of excellent quality. These are the nicest books I own now. The covers are nice and thick with gold embossing. The pages themselves are thick and high quality, with large text. The sewn in ribbon is a great addition. It would have been nice for the icons to have been printed in color, but still they are mostly clear and high quality with great contrast. It is wonderful to read the New Testament with appropriate icons right there on the page with the written text!

The translation is excellent, although somewhat difficult to read. I find it easier to read than the KJV. To me, the ONT reads about like the NASB - somewhat stilted but necessarily so for accuracy. Also, words like "ye", "thee" and "thou" are used when appropriate to distinguish 2nd person singular and plural. Personally I find this distinction quite valuable. Also, I love the distinctive style of translation mentioned by another reviewer (Michael P. Karcher) - "the verse in the Apocalypse, 2:10, in the western translation reads "...Be faithful until death...," whereas in this translation it reads "...Keep on becoming faithful until death..." " I think this peculiar style of translation preserves crucial aspects of the text which are missing in nearly every other translation. This translation may be slightly difficult to read, but I think it is worth it because it preserves important theological points contained in the Sacred Scriptures.

The endnotes for each book are excellent. This is a very valuable edition of the New Testament for this reason alone. So far I have found the Patristic commentary very enlightening. At first I was slightly disappointed that the notes were not contained at the bottom of each page rather than at the end, but it quickly became apparent why it had to be this way. In most cases, the endnotes are so extensive as to be longer than the actual text. The flow of each page would have been severaly disrupted if the notes had been included at the bottom.

The appendices deal mostly with technical details of the translation and textual variants. I find this information helpful and fascinating.

As I mentioned at the start of this review, I find all three currently available Orthodox editions of the New Testament to be valuable for different reasons, although I value the ONT the most right now. Here is a summary of my opinions on all three:

Orthodox Study Bible (OSB) - Modified NKJV New Testament, fresh translation of the Septuagint for the Old Testament. Worth buying for the Old Testament alone, the New Testament is easy to read but not exactly a new Orthodox translation. This Bible is intended for non-Orthodox, inquirers, and Orthodox, so the notes reflect this intention. Thus I did not find the notes very helpful for getting deeper into Orthodox thought, and I actually found them rather annoying at times. This is more of an "Inquirers Study Bible", and although an approved translation, the intention of the translation and notes casts some doubt in my mind as to the trustworthiness. I use this Bible mainly for it's Septuagint, and for cross-referencing the New Testament with other translations.

Eastern Orthodox Bible (EOB) - This was my first "Orthodox" New Testament. I find it very readable and enjoyable. The notes deal almost exclusively with textual variants, which I find helpful and interesting. I also found the appendices at the end very helpful as a new convert. This translation is not an approved translation, which does cast some doubt on the accuracy of the translation, appendices, and the whole endeavor, but I still really like this translation. This is the translation I read for "casual" reading, and for cross-referencing.

Orthodox New Testament (ONT) - This is the most Orthodox translation in English I know of. The translation, iconography, endnotes, appendices and bindings all seem to be born of an Orthodox mindset, and seem trustworthy to me. There may not be a "perfect" Orthodox edition of the Bible in English yet, but the ONT definitely seems to me to be the closest.

NOTE: This review is for the 2-volume New Testament, NOT the single-volume pocket-size edition.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Adjunct for Bible Study May 9 2008
By Steven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The attention to verb tenses and the proper translation of Greek words is appreciated and makes this Bible useful for a deeper meaning of the text. It has been noted by some that if you read the original Greek with the verb tenses in mind the New Testament is a much more active or "energetic" text than most English translations indicate. I also found the patristic notes very useful, though I agree that they would have been easier to use as footnotes.

With archaic English and some unusual verb constructions, I am not sure that I would recommend this version as a primary Bible text. However, it is always helpful to have more than one translation for comparison and this version definitely deserves to be one of the texts in regular use by Orthodox.

One note on verb tenses: As I do not read Koine Greek myself, it is difficult for me to determine exactly how well these are translated. I have noted, however, that at least one other Protestant translation that claims to do this (the Amplified Bible) sometimes does not agree with the ONT. And there does not appear to be a bias one way or the other: sometimes the ONT has a more active translation and sometimes the Amplified Bible does.

The reviewer who says this is no more than the Authorized Version with minor changes is not quite on the mark. Besides the frequent difference in verb tenses, Greek words are generally translated more accurately. For instance, the well-known fact that the KJV translates both Gehenna and Hades as "Hell" is corrected. And perhaps the patristic notes are merely copied from the Nicene Fathers series, but as most of us don't want to carry around the entire 38 volumes (well, 30 if you throw out the Augustine stuff) of the Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, having some relevant passages bound into the same volume as the Bible text is useful. Combined with some other resources (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Theophylact's commentary, etc), the ONT helps to make Orthodox Bible study a true joy.
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