Monday, December 15, 2008

Orthodox Study Bible

(Continuing my review of the Orthodox Study Bible)

It certainly lives up to the middle part of its name, there is a lot to study!

The introduction (14 pages) gives an overview of the Bible and the Orthodox tradition.

Each book of the Bible has an introduction page. This page gives the author, and date it was written. There is a description of the "major theme" and the historical circumstances when the book was written.

As I mentioned before, the footnotes are very extensive. Connections are made from the Old Testament to the New (and back), as well as internal links.

In addition to this, there are full page study notes on select topics (dozens of them).

A special bonus is in the form of full color paintings done in the Orthodox style (most of them done by modern artists). These are found throughout the book, and cover many Biblical events.

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