Reading Scripture in Tradition: Why Sola Scriptura Doesn’t Work

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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 […]

Appropriating the Academic Study of Scripture from an Orthodox Perspective

Appropriating the Academic Study of Scripture

When I first studied Orthodoxy, I had long been studying contemporary Biblical scholarship. The history of the Church was foreign to me, and the revelation that the canon of Scripture emerged out of the history of that same Church (thus making Sola Scriptura self-contradictory)—along with the revelation that Patristic theology resembled Catholic and Orthodox theology […]

Tobit as Gospel and Christian Scripture

Tobit as Gospel and Christian Scripture

One of my favorite books of scripture is the book of Tobit. This fondness and familiarity came from spending nearly a year at a previous parish both reading and teaching through it. Originally written in either Hebrew or Aramaic, Tobit was later translated into Greek (in two extant versions) as part of the Septuagint, the […]

The Signature of God

The Signature of God

Years before Jesus was ever born, the Holy Spirit inspired one of His prophets to tell the future, and to write down some things which had not happened yet. In this prophecy, we hear about someone who claims to be the Son of God, and who is tortured, and is condemned to a shameful death. […]

A Nestorian Canon of Scripture

A Nestorian Canon of Scripture

I have long been interested in the development of the biblical canon. I probably wouldn’t have found my way into the Orthodox Church without such studies. Recently, I found a 13th century canon defined by Nestorian Metropolitan Mar Abd Yeshua (ca. A.D. 1298). He apparently served as the chief bishop of Nisibia and Armenia for […]

Idols and Idolatry

Idols and Idolatry

Earlier this year, I completed not only a lengthy article but also a 5-part podcast series for Ancient Faith Radio on the history of icons in the Christian Church. These were done in response to an article called ‘The Patristic Critique of Icons,’ which essentially repeats portions of John Calvin’s 16th century arguments against the […]

The Song of Deborah and the Church of Christ

Deborah and the Church of Christ

From the time Israel (led by Joshua) conquered the tribes of Canaan until the first Kingdom of Israel under Saul, the Twelve Tribes experienced three centuries of alternating periods of peace and war, oppression and freedom. During this time, before the monarchy was established by the Lord in the person of Saul, judges (judicial and […]

Completing His Good Work

Completing His Good Work

At some point in the early 60s AD, the apostle Paul—after three decades of preaching the Gospel, suffering for it, and both founding and encouraging dozens of churches throughout the Roman Empire—found himself in the capital city under house arrest (Acts 28:16). Having appealed to Caesar almost five years beforehand, he—a Roman citizen—was guaranteed an audience […]