Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Orthodox Study Bible on Mark 16:9-20

The Orthodox Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, 1993) presents commentary on the NT and the Psalms, prepared by the Academic Community of St. Athanasius Orthodox Academy of Santa Barbara, California. The text for the NT is from the New King James Version.   The traditional ending of Mark is included as the authoritative, un-bracketed text.  In the commentary notes, there is the following note at Mark 16:9-20:

Some manuscripts do not include this longer ending. Later traditions testify to several endings. The Church, however, has always regarded this ending as canonical and inspired (p. 129).

The Orthodox view on the text of Scripture is rarely considered by liberal and evangelical Protestants who have embraced the modern critical text and translations based upon it.  The Orthodox have not embraced the modern critical text of the NT (the Orthodox view of the OT is another matter). What is more, they hold not just to the Majority Text, as evident with the ending of Mark, but to the Textus Receptus.



Victor Leonardo Barbosa said...

Some people in the Orthodox Church produced also a new translation of the New testament based upon de Patriarchal Greek Text.

many test editions of this translation were avaliable on the site

You can find one of the most recent edition in pdf here:

this translation contains a very interesting Introduction about textual criticism (they removed also some little criticism about the KJV in this pdf).

God bless, Jeff!

Jeffrey T. Riddle said...

Thanks VLB for your commment and for this information. I'll check out the introduction. JTR

Jeffrey T. Riddle said...

I see the PDF has some lacunae but you can purchase a self-published hard copy online. Since this new translation is apparently not widely in print, I wonder what version English-speaking Orthodox use. I assume the KJV and the NKJV.

I also see that the 1904 Patriarchal Text is available online:

I'd like to see the distinctions from the TR listed. Looking at a few verses (Matt 6:13b; Mark 16:9-20; Acts 8:37; 1 John 5:7-8) it seems in line with the TR. Interesting that even the Eastern church has approved some of these "Western" readings.