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THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON

  By Archbishop Stylianos of Australia   Sisters and Brothers, In accordance with the order of Feast Days for the Ecclesiastical Year as designated by the Church Fathers (who decreed wisely on all matters!), the Sunday of the Prodigal Son has come upon us once again, with its two ‘Readings’ which are so characteristic, so educational and so necessary for ... Read More »

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 »

St Nikolai Velimirovich: Woman as a Symbol of Christ

ST NIKOLAI VELIMIROVICH Our Lord described Himself as a woman because women are more careful than men in looking after property, in keeping the house in order and in receiving guests The Ten Drachmas: The Lord in the Guise of a Woman The Lost Drachma, Illustration from “The life of Our Lord Jesus Christ” by James Jacques Joseph Tissot Can ... Read More »

Necessity of Forgiveness

What happened in the parable Jesus taught about the king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants? This story is found in Matthew 18:21-35. It is a powerful story about the necessity of forgiveness. It clearly tells us that forgiveness is not an option if we want to be included in His kingdom. The story is about a king ... 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 »

EXAMINATION OF THE SEPTUAGINT AND MASORETIC TEXTS

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

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 »