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Thomas Nelson The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook

Orthodox Christianity is the face of ancient Christianity to the modern world and embraces the second largest body of Christians in the world. In this first-of-its-kind study Bible, the Bible is presented with commentary from the ancient Christian perspective that speaks to those Christians who seek a deeper experience of the roots of their faith.

Features Include:
  • Old Testament newly translated from the Greek text of the Septuagint, including the Deuterocanon
  • New Testament from the New King James Version
  • Commentary drawn from the early Church Christians
  • Easy-to-Locate liturgical readings
  • Book Introductions and Outlines
  • Subject Index
  • Full-color Icons
  • Full-color Maps
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Customer Reviews for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
Review 1 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
This review is fromThe Orthodox Study Bible - Bonded Leather Black.
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

No Orthodox household should be without it!

Date:December 21, 2013
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Fr John
Location:Chelsea, MA
Age:55-65
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This Bible is the work of many Orthodox scholars, a few of whom I am very well acquainted. All those committed to the Orthodox Christian faith should have a copy for regular use.
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Review 2 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
This review is fromThe Orthodox Study Bible - Bonded Leather Black.
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Date:November 8, 2013
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James
Location:Bells,Tennessee
Age:45-54
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Excellent craftsmanship and easy to read.Everything is easy to find in the index. Good maps in the back.
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Review 3 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
This review is fromThe Orthodox Study Bible - Bonded Leather Black.
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
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Great quality, great features,Orthodox will love i

Date:October 3, 2013
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An Orthodox convert
Location:Payson, AZ
Age:45-54
Gender:male
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Bonded leather is great- soft, not stiff, like genuine leather, but not floppy like some high grade leather Bibles. Features
great for Orthodox- informative notes, OT organized in the
traditional Orthodox order, with original Orthodox book titles.
Psalms(our most used book) are numbered in the Orthodox
fashion. Large print and easy reading type can be read by
those with older eyes. The Bible is well balanced, feels good
in the hand, can be read while holding in one hand. Lays flat.
Opens easily the 1st time. Needs no breaking in. This will
become my most used, main, go-to Bible, hands down. The
translation of the OT from the Septuagint is in line with
Orthodox (and early church) OT usage and preferences. The
NT NKJV translation uses the Received Text, the only NT
that we Orthodox officially accept.
The Bible at 1st glance is a handsome, perfectly sized Bible
for carrying around and reading without squinting.
I honestly can't find much to complain about this Bible!
Anyone wanting to know what the Early Church taught will
be thrilled with this Bible, not just Orthodox. Good job,
Thomas Nelson Publishing!
Also, The OT notes do a good job of showing Christ in the
OT, in places you might not have realized!
Get It! Get It! Get It!
+2points
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Review 4 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
This review is fromThe Orthodox Study Bible - Bonded Leather Black.
Overall Rating: 
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I was expecting more

Date:June 21, 2013
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Badger
Location:Mission Texas
Age:Over 65
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In 2008, a friend of mine who is an Anglican priest told me about this & he was impressed with it. His bishop had given every rector in his diocese a (hardbound) copy.
I didn't think much about it at the time, but, after some online research a few years later, I discovered that The Orthodox Study Bible was mostly the New King James Bible text with the addition of most of the Apocryphal books. Brilliant! I had wanted a Bible like this for years! I love the NKJV!
BTW, the Old Testament is not a complete new translation of the Septuagint. The parts of the Septuagint where it differs from the NKJV text are newly translated but where there are no differences, the NKJV text is used. The NT is the straight NKJV text, of course.
Now that part was fine. What disappoints me is the content of the notes and the other non-scriptural material. The items pertinent to Orthodox Christians are necessary & relevant, of course. They are the primary audience for this Bible & they don't have as many good Bible choices as, say American Protestant Evangelicals do.
However, in addition to the Orthodox-specific material, I'd like to have some more background information covered in the notes, too. Like other Study Bibles such as the NIV Study Bible. This Bible does have cross references, but they are skimpy, IMHO.
So I do use this Bible & I appreciate it for what it is but I can't use it as my primary Study Bible these days, as I thought I might when I bought it. I have to supplement it with the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Bible (NASB) and the NIV Archeological Study Bible.
The quality of the binding & printing aren't the greatest either. Boo, Thomas Nelson. You could have done better!
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Review 5 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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Overall Rating: 
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This Bible is a superb addition to any library.

Date:April 22, 2013
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persians
Location:University Place, WA
Age:Over 65
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This is a top quality Bible in beautiful leather. Lovely prayers and outstanding artwork included. This is my favorite in my large collection of Bibles. I have given this Bible to others who enjoy it as much as I do.
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Review 6 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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This Bible is different from other Bibles I have.

Date:April 2, 2013
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Munch
Location:Inglewood, CA
Age:55-65
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It has more references from folks I have barely heard of. It is informative and hopefully will lead me to what I am looking for in a bible.
+2points
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Review 7 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
This review is fromThe Orthodox Study Bible - Bonded Leather Black.
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4 out of 5
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EXCELLENT BIBLE POORLY PRINTED

Date:March 30, 2013
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Geofalcon
Location:Ontario, Canada
Age:35-44
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I found this bible truly did prove to be a great study guide....I am very impressed with it and believe it is unquestionably one of, if not the most significant piece of work ever published for English speaking orthodox Christians for the knowledge contained in it.
With that being said I am EXTREMELY disappointed in the physical qualities of this bible produced by Thomas nelson publications. The "bonded leather" version (which is leather fibers bonded with some type of nauseous chemical adhesive) I say nauseous because I actually felt a little nauseous the first time I opened the box it was contained in, that smell sticks around for a good week by the way. Once I got past the stench and the slimmy, slippery, plastic feel of it's cover I opened it and found that the words are printed on the cheapest and most delicate paper I have ever come across, they are very thin and you can see through to the next page (some pages worst than others) which is very distracting and annoying when you are trying to read Gods word! I find i have to be extra careful turning the pages because they wrinkle so easily definitely not designed for long lasting durability....
Being unhappy with the physical qualities of the bonded leather version i decided to buy the hardcopy version (from another site) and found the same problem that plagued the bonded leather version which is cheap, super thin, flimsy, see through paper. I am now in the process of purchasing the only other alternative out there which is a genuine leather version I found at another site, I haven't received it yet but I am expecting it to be made from the same cheap, thin, see through paper as the other versions since it to is still produced by Thomas Nelson, but at least it should have a quality cover that won't stink (hopefully).
Thomas Nelson boast about there quality, but I have never bought a university textbook, regular book (fiction/nonfiction) or even magazine where I could see through to the next page! How can they justify printing a BIBLE of this significance out of such poor quality material? I don't know who to be more disappointed with Nelson pub. or St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology who put so much effort into creating such a useful, insightful and beneficial study bible only have it presented on the cheapest material available!
If either of these 2 groups happen to run across this review i'd just like to say that there are plenty people out there willing to spend a few more dollars to have a "QUALITY and DURABLE" copy of the orthodox study bible that should last a lifetime!... how can you justify using such cheap materials to produce something as important as this bible? its inexcusable.
I would still recomend this Bible for the knowledge contained in it, but I'm hoping that one day a good quality version of it will become available.......
George
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Review 8 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
Overall Rating: 
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Excellence at every turn

Date:February 13, 2013
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RonSkulas
Location:Cold Spring, Kentucky
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I am so very pleased with my purchase of the eBook version of the Orthodox Study Bible. It gives me yet another opportunity to have it near me in all of my devices both portable and home-based. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in having the same experience.
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Review 9 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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Date:February 22, 2013
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Gabby
Location:Paris, TN
Age:55-65
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I'm comparing the Orthodox with the NKJV and Holman. Just wanting to know the Lord more intimately.
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Review 10 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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5 out of 5
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A great tool to learn about early Christianity!

Date:February 8, 2013
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LynnMarie
Location:Downingtown, PA
Age:55-65
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This leather-bond copy is a great value! I purchased it to learn more about early Christianity in the East during the first one thousand years. It far exceeds that expectation! This is a tradition that I do not know very much about, even though I am a biblical scholar. I am learning so much! It is especially useful to make one aware of the important writers of early early Christianity. I am using it as a springboard to do further research into that area. It is also teaching me about the early doctrine of this branch of the Church.
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Review 11 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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Great! Highly recommended!

Date:January 11, 2013
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David
Location:Chicago
Age:25-34
Gender:male
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I've been Orthodox Christian my whole life, but just recently started reading the Bible. I bought a KJV NIV (I will admit I ignorantly thought all Bibles were identical) about a month ago, and read through the first three books. It wasn't bad, however I felt I wasn't getting the depth of the messages. After doing some research, I came across the Orthodox Study Bible, and it's been perfect! I love it!
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Review 12 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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5 out of 5
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The perfect edition of the Christian bible!

Date:December 14, 2012
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Wolf
Location:Australia
Age:25-34
Gender:male
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The perfect edition of the Christian bible! A must for every home. Wonderfully printed and providing fantastic study notes and Truth on the real history of the faith. If only there was a deluxe edition!
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Review 13 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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This is one great bible

Date:December 7, 2012
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David
Age:55-65
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I am 60 years old and need glasses for reading. The print is an excellent size and the notes for study are also easy to read. This bible has it all. Great notes, lectionary, index, disussion on big issues. Of all the bibles I own this one is my favorite !!!!!
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Review 14 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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I was disappointed!

Date:May 26, 2012
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RayB
Location:Texas
Age:Over 65
Gender:male
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I purchased this item to use with my Pandigital E-Reader. It was one of the listed readers that was supported. However, I was not able to download this ebook to my reader. My Pandigital has the latest Android Software from the Pandigital website. Neither the CBDreader or the Digital Editions will download to the reader. I finally got the e-book to download to my desktop and tried to print out the pages on the Introduction to the Orthodox Church section. It keeps skipping some of the pages and will not allow me to print the pages being selected individually or as part of the group.
My complaint is that for me this is neither portable or useful for study since I am unable to import nor export text. Any note taking has to be done with pencil and paper while looking at the computer monitor.
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Review 15 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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Who are the Orthodox?

Date:July 2, 2012
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Tim from Marietta
Location:Marietta, GA
Age:55-65
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The helps in this Bible do an excellent job of explaining who, what, when , and where the Orthodox Church is.
Great worship tools included.
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Review 16 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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Excellent Bible study tool

Date:June 28, 2012
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damon64
Location:Pendleton, IN
Age:45-54
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This Bible is an excellent study resource for those who are already Orthodox, and a useful all-in-one tool for those who are exploring Orthodox Christianity.
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Review 17 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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Read the available negative reviews for balance

Date:June 11, 2012
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OC77
Location:USA
Age:55-65
Gender:female
There are soberminded, negative critiques available for this study Bible. They are well worth reading to help one decide whether or not this is a Bible to purchase. I also would like to address the question about why the words of Christ are not printed in red. Priests have explained to me that we do not split apart the Holy Trinity this way, as if the words of Christ are "more important" than the words and work of either the Father or of the Holy Spirit. God is One in Holy Trinity, and the "red ink" subtly implies a separation. Makes sense to me, and I hope it will be helpful to others as an Orthodox explanation.
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Review 18 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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gift purchase

Date:May 3, 2012
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friend
Age:55-65
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This was a wedding gift for a niece. Since I am not Orthodox, it was difficult to evaluate it.
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Review 19 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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It's a beautiful Bible!

Date:April 30, 2012
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toobizzy
Location:Middletown, NY
Age:Over 65
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I'm very glad to have this Bible. I'll be learning more about what its "extras" have to offer, as time goes on.
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Review 20 for The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World - eBook
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Excellent

Date:April 4, 2012
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Bill
Location:Wellington, Utah
Age:55-65
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I've owned my own copy for several years and bought new copies for graduation gifts with student's names embossed on the covers. The Orthodox Study Bible speaks for itself, and the lettering was perfect, even with "difficult" Greek names, and the service and delivery were outstanding!
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