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Textual basis NT: Patriarchal Text of 1904 OT: Septuagint. Indeed, God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. English language edition of the Bible published and controlled by Greek Orthodox Christians with limited copyright control and within a collaborative framework. The EOB is a complete Orthodox translation of The Holy Bible. Unlike other versions, the EOB provides over 200 pages of introductory material and appendices, including articles by the late Rev. Miltiades Konstantinou of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica. Masoretic and Dead Sea Scroll variants documented in the footnotes.
Because it is controlled and updated within the Orthodox community, it is independent from non-Orthodox commercial publishers and can benefit from constant input from Eastern Orthodox scholars and theologians. Currently there is a popular online bookstore selling a revised version EOB New Testament with a 2013 copyright date. This page was last edited on 15 February 2017, at 20:58. The Eastern Orthodox Church considers itself to be the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church established by Christ and his apostles. For the early years of the church, much of what was conveyed to its members was in the form of oral teachings.
Within a very short period of time traditions were established to reinforce these teachings. Likewise, the Eastern Orthodox Church has always recognized the gradual development in the complexity of the articulation of the Church’s teachings. It does not, however, believe that truth changes and therefore always supports its previous beliefs all the way back to what it holds to be the direct teachings from the Apostles. The Church is unwavering in upholding its dogmatic teachings, but does not insist upon those matters of faith which have not been specifically defined. The Eastern Orthodox believe that there must always be room for mystery when speaking of God. The consensus of the Church over time defines its catholicity—that which is believed at all times by the entire Church.
Some of the greatest theologians in the history of the church come from the 4th century, including the Cappadocian Fathers and the Three Hierarchs. A page from a rare Georgian Bible, 1030 A. D, depicting the Raising of Lazarus. Many modern Christians approach the Bible and its interpretation as the sole authority to the establishment of their beliefs concerning the world and their salvation.
From the Eastern Orthodox point of view, the Bible represents those texts approved by the church for the purpose of conveying the most important parts of what it already believes. The Greeks, having a highly sophisticated and philosophical language, have always understood that certain sections of Scripture, while containing moral lessons and complex truth, do not necessarily have to be interpreted literally. The Eastern Orthodox also understand that a particular passage may be interpreted on many different levels simultaneously. Eastern Orthodox Christianity is a strongly biblical church. Word of God is considered to be life-giving. Traditionally, the Gospel is covered in gold or cloth. Eastern Orthodox Christians are encouraged to read and study the Bible daily, especially making use of the writings of the Holy Fathers for guidance.
Recent essays have emerged by various contemporary Eastern Orthodox scholars which attempt to reconcile and react to both the Creationist interpretation of Genesis 1-2 and the strict Darwinist theory of human evolution. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, “one in essence and undivided”. Christ had a divine will, or set of desires and spiritual incentives, and a human will with fleshly drives. Eastern Orthodox Christians believe in the betrayal, trial, execution, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that he truly rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion. The feast of the resurrection of Christ, which is called “Easter” in Germanic languages, is known as Pascha in the Eastern Orthodox Church.