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Reading Scripture in Tradition: Why Sola Scriptura doesn’t work

Reading the Scriptures

By Gabe Martini Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Reformation principle of Sola scriptura. Instead, we view the scriptures as the pinnacle or “summit”1 of holy tradition, neither separating the two as wholly distinct, nor eliminating one or the other. The reason for this is simple: the scriptures are a witness to divine revelation, given from God to mankind (and ... Read More »

LITURGICAL HERMENEUTICS AND THE MEANING OF SCRIPTURE

Priest reads from Scriptures

By Gabe Martini Contemporary scholars and certain Christian groups today tend to approach the study of scripture as archaeology. Rather than receiving the scriptures as God-breathed tradition in the life of the Church, the text is abstracted from its incarnate context, subjected to scientific analysis. While much can be learned, of course, from a knowledge of Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew, this ... Read More »

SOLA SCRIPTURA VS. HOLY TRADITION: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition

By Gabe Martini I have recently—and on a few other occasions—written about the differences between the Protestant approach to authority and the Orthodox. For Protestants, the final authority or rule is the Bible—a principle known as Sola Scriptura. And while some Protestants have written catechisms and other companion material to the scriptures themselves, these too are held in check by the ... Read More »

EXAMINATION OF THE SEPTUAGINT AND MASORETIC TEXTS

The Septuagint Greek and Modern Hebrew Script

SEPTUAGINT VS. MASORETIC: WHICH IS MORE AUTHENTIC? Guns, Lies and Forgeries: A Bible Story By Robert E. Reis Once upon a time there was a tribe living in the Middle East that had a collection of sacred texts written in Hebrew, Chaldean and Aramaic. It is the nature of sacred texts to be venerated and transmitted from generation to generation ... Read More »

THE TEMPLE CULT AND EARLY CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

Jewish Temple in Jerusalem circa 1st Century AD

By Gabe Martini The Judaism of the first century was a religion almost entirely centered around the sacrificial worship of the temple. Faithful pilgrims traveled many miles from all around the diaspora to worship at the temple several times a year, and the temple was central to their faith and piety. While various forms of post-Christian Judaism today are more centered ... Read More »

WHY SOLA SCRIPTURA HONESTLY SCARES ME

Ryan Adams

By Ryan Adams Being raised in a Protestant home, the Scriptures were (and in many ways still are) the end-all-be-all of the faith for me. However, there is a reason I am no longer a Protestant. This reason has many branches but all points back to one thing, context. Given the necessity of context, I find the whole idea of ... Read More »

So now we don’t believe in the Bible! Whatever will they think of next?

Irony - Just when you thought it could never happen

By Dr Guy Freeland* Some observant Sydney-side readers might have noted a report in The Sydney Morning Herald on 14 October by the paper’s Religious Affairs Writer, Kelly Burke, headed “Bible believers ‘schism’ threat to Anglicans”. The article told how the new Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, was intending to get the endorsement of the 46th Synod of ... Read More »

THE SEPTUAGINT VS. THE MASORETIC TEXT

The Septuagint Greek and Modern Hebrew Script

Fr. John Whiteford Does the Orthodox Church teach that the Septuagint is more reliable than the Hebrew text of the Old Testament? If so, why? Fr. John Whiteford talks about the “Bible according to the Seventy”. In the “Encyrlical of the Eastern Patriarchs” of 1848, which was a reply to the epistle of Pope Pius IX, “To The Easterns,” the ... Read More »