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. […]

From Logos to Graph: Lost in Translation

From Logos to Graph: Lost in Translation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. —John 1:1,3 Well, with all this commotion on the phrase “to write an icon” on the Orthodox Arts Journal, it is hard […]

Book Preview: The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition

On Behalf of All - Book Preview

This month, Oxford University Press is releasing The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, the latest publication by Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc. Fr. Eugen was born and raised in Romania, where he began his theological education despite the shadow of communist oppression. He has since received graduate degrees from both Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.) and the […]

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 […]

Read the Scriptures

Read the Scriptures

In the Orthodox Church, the Scriptures—and especially the four Gospels—have a place of central importance. Our daily and weekly services are overflowing with references, quotations, and allusions. If a person avails themselves of the opportunities for both prayer and reflection throughout the week, they will read the entire Psalter every week (twice during Lent), not […]

Jesus is the Temple

Jesus is the Temple

John’s Gospel is the most “mystical” and symbolic of all the canonical Gospels. In fact, John’s Gospel is so filled with spiritual insight that the Church almost exclusively reads from it during the Paschal (post-Easter) season. This is done because all catechumens are baptized on Great and Holy Saturday, leaving no un-initiated among the laity. […]

Harmony and Peace Between Alexandria and Antioch

Harmony and Peace Between Alexandria and Antioch

In the Apostolic Church of the first century and even within the first four decades after the Church began on Pentecost, St Paul had to contend with personality factions devoted to various ecclesiastical leaders – “I am of Paul; I am of Apollos” (1 Cor 3:4). His constant epistolary admonitions to the people of God […]