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The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition


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Contents Preface and Acknowledgments Abbreviations Part I. Reception 1. One Bible, Two Covenants 2. Text 3. Canon 4. Tradition Part II. Interpretation 5. Discursive 6. Aural 7. Visual Postscript Bibliography Index

About the Author

Eugen J. Pentiuc is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts. He is the author of three books: West Semitic Vocabulary in the Akkadian Texts from Emar, Long-Suffering Love: A Commentary on Hosea with Patristic Annotations, and Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible.


"This volume is a treasure house from which one may draw riches old and new. As an Orthodox priest, Pentiuc is immersed in his ancient tradition; as a biblical scholar he is au courant with the methods and controversies of 21st-century scholarship - a rare combination indeed. He builds on solid historical and textual foundations to urge the church forward. The book offers the clearest, most complete, and most accessible treatment in English of topics such as the Orthodox use of the Septuagint, the canon, and issues around the 'apocrypha,' not to mention its analysis of scripture in the liturgy."--Leslie Baynes, Religion "Pentiuc s work is recommended reading to anyone with an interest in the subject. He writes as an ordained member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, as a seminary professor, and as a Hebrew Bible scholar. Hence, his book contains first-hand information from someone within the tradition, it is very accessible, and it is written from a specialist s perspective. Between the historical as well as thematic breadth of the coverage, and the quality of dialogue with which he engages Jewish and Christians scholars alike, he offers interesting insights for both the past and the present of the Eastern Orthodox Church."--Review of Biblical Literature "Both the study and usage of the Old Testament in the Orthodox tradition is undervalued in academic circles today, and Fr. Eugen s work will serve as an authoritative and much-needed work. A noted expert in both Semitic languages and Old Testament studies, Fr. Eugen s unique blend of scholarly finesse and fidelity to Orthodox tradition makes The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition a book worthy of our closest attention." --On Behalf of All "In this extraordinarily learned book, Pentiuc sheds much-needed light on an often neglected aspect of the history of interpretation of the Bible. Appropriately, he discusses not just texts, but ritual and art as well, so that reading his book is like walking into a lavishly ornamented Eastern Orthodox church where the Divine Liturgy is being celebrated. This view from the inside is an invaluable contribution." --Michael Coogan, editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible "This work is a major event: the first comprehensive and thorough analysis of the role of the Old Testament in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, written by the foremost Eastern Orthodox scholar of Scripture, internationally respected within both Church and Academy alike. Opening up the scriptural culture of Eastern Orthodoxy in all its dimensions, this illuminating volume will richly reward every reader." --V. Rev. Dr. John Behr, Dean and Professor of Patristics, St. Vladimir's Seminary "Pentiuc has endowed biblical studies with a profoundly insightful and thoroughly comprehensive exposition of the ways the OT has been read, sung, visualized, and otherwise celebrated in Orthodox tradition. Uncannily, Pentiuc s voice resonates quadraphonically historically from the headwaters of Christianity s Hellenized Jewish and patristic beginnings and from today s Orthodox faith and practice, from deep within the stream of Orthodox tradition as much as from the detached vantage point of his rigorous Harvard training...This book is unparalleled and will not be surpassed anytime soon. Non-Orthodox readers will benefit greatly from its thorough, concise, and highly readable presentation; but for Orthodox adherents, reading it is a must."--Theological Studies "This excellent work of Pentiuc is a worthwhile read for academics interested in traditional hermeneutics and likewise for those among the faithful interested in reading the Scriptures for spiritual benefit. My modest appraisal can in no way do justice to the author's tremendous effort and achievement."--Journal of Religious History "While this book fills a vacuum in the scholarly literature on this subject, it can also be relevant and interesting to the layman reader...In sum, The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition is a useful study for everyone interested in biblical interpretation and deserves a place on every library shelf and bibliography list devoted to the Old Testament."--Eftimie Murgu "[T]he volume is a must read for any serious student of Eastern Orthodox tradition as well as anybody interested in learning more about the rich and multifaceted scriptural and liturgical culture of the Eastern Orthodox Church."--Bulletin for Biblical Research

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