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

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

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?

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 »

THE SEPTUAGINT VS. THE MASORETIC TEXT

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 »

THE SEPTUAGINT

By Fr. Andrew Phillips This paper is a revised version of a talk that was originally given to the Midlands Orthodox Study Centre in November 2007. It is only a brief introduction to the Septuagint and owes much to the scholarship of others. It outlines the religious and cultural milieu within which the Septuagint was produced; describes how this translation ... Read More »

Is the Septuagint a Divinely Inspired Translation?

By Gabe Martini For many Orthodox Christians throughout the centuries, the Septuagint (LXX) has been received as a preferred edition of the Old Testament scriptures. There are many reasons for this. The bulk of OT citations from the early Church fathers are aligned with the Septuagint (and other Greek translations), and the New Testament authors seemed to prefer it nearly nine times ... Read More »

Masoretic Text vs. Original Hebrew

By Fr Joseph Gleason I used to believe the Masoretic Text was a perfect copy of the original Old Testament.  I used to believe that the Masoretic Text was how God divinely preserved the Hebrew Scriptures throughout the ages. I was wrong. The oldest copies of the Masoretic Text only date back to the 10th century, nearly 1000 years after ... Read More »