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Christmas and a Bible - AnneBradburn - 13-12-2007 07:22 PM

What can I do to make my Christmas more Orthodox for myself and my family? I have heard that you can make altars, but what else can I do that will make this year more of an Orthodox Christmas?

Also, I have many bibles but is there a specific version that Orthodox Christians use if so I would like to add it to my Christmas list.

Thanks


Bibles - John Charmley - 13-12-2007 08:36 PM

Dear Anne,

The Orthodox study bible at this reference
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will be a boon. Some Eastern Orthodox are a little sniffy because it is the New King James, but since it was done by a team of EOs, it can't be that bad.

You might make yourself a little icon corner. I find that reading from 'Our Daily Life' helps, as does saying one of the prayers from the Coptic Book of Hours, which is available from the BOC site. I find the Morning Prayer service very moving. There is a little book of EO prayers by +Kallistos Ware which is rather helpful in one's devotions. It is currently out of print but can be had from Abe books here:
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I hope that helps.

In Christ,

John


- Fr Gregory - 15-12-2007 04:50 AM

As one of those who is less than enthusiastic about ? well, let me be perfectly frank: positively hostile to! ? the so-called ?Orthodox Study Bible?, let me recommend some relatively readily available really Orthodox texts:

For the Old Testament, there is a definitively Orthodox (Eastern and Oriental) text (which is not the one included in the so-called ?Orthodox Study Bible?): the Septuagint. Once very difficult to obtain in English, it is now readily available in a reprint of Brenton?s version. Happily, a whole contingent of scholars is working on a new translation.

The best Orthodox version of the Psalms is: ?The Psalter, According to the Seventy, of St David, the Prophet and King? published by Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Boston). For those with an enthusiasm for the ancient Coptic version of the Septuagint Psalms in English translation, it has been used for ?The Agbeya. The Coptic Book of Hours? published by St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in California.

For the New Testament, the English translation of the official Orthodox Greek text is available as: ?The Orthodox New Testament?, Volume I: ?Evangelistarion: The Holy Gospels? and Volume II: ?Praxapostolos: Acts, Epistles and Revelation? published by Holy Apostles Convent (Colorado).

I am happy to provide more details should anyone need them.

Likewise, if anyone require information about excellent sources not only for the ?sweetness? of Orthodox Scripture, but of Orthodox incense, I have found a couple of reliable Orthodox sources, and can attest to the superb purity of the products (in a wonderful range) and to the efficiency and kindness of the sellers.

Fr Gregory