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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 »

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 »

SOLA SCRIPTURA – IN THE VANITY OF THEIR MINDS

By Fr. John Whiteford Note: Father John Whiteford is a former Nazarene Associate Pastor who converted to the Orthodox Faith soon after completing his B.A. in Religion at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. He first encountered Orthodoxy as a result of his involvement in the local Pro-Life (Rescue) movement, which also included Father Anthony Nelson and several of his ... Read More »