The First Epistle to the Thessalonians is the oldest of the writings which have been gathered into the New Testament. In reading it we can sense the powerful impact made by St. Paul’s preaching of the Gospel as well as the Apostle’s continuing prayerful concern for this new mission church. We also discover St. Paul’s understanding of the Second Coming of Christ as he deals with the perennial question of “those who have fallen asleep.”
This important contribution to Orthodox biblical studies offers many helpful insights for all who wish to understand the Bible better, experts and novices alike. Its author, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, clearly demonstrates the importance of discovering what the scriptural text itself is saying.
A Psalter for Prayer is the first major English edition to include all the prayers needed to read the Psalter at home according to an Orthodox tradition that reaches back to the time of the desert fathers, known popularly as the ‘cell rule’. In addition, the contents include many texts, traditionally printed in Orthodox Psalters, that are not easily found in English, such as the Rite for Singing the Twelve Psalms, directions for reading the Psalter for the Departed and much more. Click on the “Contents” tab for a full listing.
The Psalms and Nine Biblical Canticles have been adapted from the classic Miles Coverdale translation of the Book of Psalms and the King James Version of the Bible. The text has been carefully edited to agree with the original Greek of the Septuagint, as well as to the Latin and Church Slavonic translations, and has been approved for use within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Printed in large print on acid-free paper, with rubrics in red, this book is sturdily bound to withstand regular use. It is further enhanced by the two gold marker ribbons.
Am I Saved? Scriptural Thoughts on Salvation in the Orthodox Church Author: Bobosh, Theodore Publisher: Light & Life Publishing
Bible Briefs of the Old and New Testaments – The Bible Made Easy: A condensed and simplified summary
Bible Briefs of the Old and New Testaments – The Bible Made Easy: A condensed and simplified summary Author: DeMoss, Michael C. Publisher: Light & Life Publishing
In this long-awaited sequel to Christ in the Psalms, popular pastor, author, and scholar Patrick Henry Reardon examines the lives of almost one hundred and fifty saints and heroes from the Scriptures—everyone from Abigail to Zephaniah. Covering both the Old and New Testaments, this well-researched work is a veritable cornucopia of Bible personalities. “Repentant Saints,” “Zealous saints,” “Saints under pressure” . . . they’re all here, and their stories are both fascinating and uplifting. But Christ in His Saints is far more than just a biblical who’s who. These saints represent that ancient family into which, by baptism, all believers have been incorporated. Together they compose that great “cloud of witnesses” cheering us on and inspiring us through word and deed.
“Fr. Patrick Reardon, who helped us so much in Christ in the Psalms, does it again in Christ in His Saints. He gives us desperately needed reflections on the saints in a style and substance fit for contemporary people. His challenging meditations are sure to enlighten our minds, strengthen our hearts, nourish our souls and energize our actions. To my knowledge this is the first book on saints in English that surpasses the conventions and limitations of customary hagiography. It is most welcome.”
—Fr. Thomas Hopko
Dean Emeritus, St. Vladimir’s Seminary
The Fathers, especially of the East, did not leave us many commentaries on the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament, even though frequently citing the figure of Job and Solomon’s proverbs in their other works. This neglect may perhaps be accounted for by a reluctance to see the sages as recipients of inspiration in the same fashion as psalmists and prophets, Wisdom often seeming to be the fruit of human experience.
It is therefore doubly gratifying that recent scholarship has unearthed commentaries on the text of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes by the celebrated preacher of Antioch, John Chrysostom. Not only do these texts complete the already huge corpus of his works, but they reveal the response of a Greek Father to this distinctive sapiential material, which the ancients found challenging, sometimes pragmatic, sometimes quaint. We may debate the Fathers’ degree of appreciation of biblical Wisdom; but, as Chrysostom says of Proverbs, “it makes no trifling contribution to our moral life.”
Volume One includes the commentary on Job.