Eastern-Greek Orthodox Bible

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Eastern Orthodox Bible
Full nameEastern / Greek Orthodox Bible
AbbreviationEOB
NT publishedJune 2011
Textual basisNT: Patriarchal Text of 1904
Translation typeFormal equivalence
Religious affiliationEastern Orthodoxy
WebsiteEOB - The Eastern / Greek Orthodox Bible based on the Septuagint (LXX) and Patriarchal Text at the Wayback Machine (archived 16 October 2007)
Indeed, God so loved the world that he gave his uniquely-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

The Eastern / Greek Orthodox Bible (EOB) is an English language edition of the Bible published and controlled by Greek Orthodox Christians with limited copyright control and within a collaborative framework.

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The EOB is an Orthodox translation of the Bible. Unlike other versions, the EOB provides over 200 pages of introductory material and appendices, including articles by the late Protopresbyter George Florovsky and Miltiades Konstantinou of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The main purpose of the EOB is to provide an accurate and easy-to-read English text of the Bible that is suitable for use by Orthodox Christian communities and individuals, while providing an outstanding text for scholars.

The Old Testament (not completed) would have been based on the Greek text of the Old Testament Septuagint with all major Masoretic and Dead Sea Scroll variants documented in the footnotes. For reasons documented in the comprehensive introductory section, the EOB also would have provided the Hebrew/Masoretic versions of Job, Jeremiah and Esther.

The New Testament (completed and available) is based on the official ecclesiastical text published in 1904 by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (again documenting all significant variants to the critical text, Majority Text and Textus Receptus). It also provides extensive footnotes and appendices dealing with significant verses such as Matthew 16:18; John 1:1,18; John 15:26. The Patriarchal Text was selected on Mount Athos from among a large number of reliable ecclesiastical manuscripts and appears to be identical or similar to Minuscule 1495 (KR subgroup).

Because it is controlled and updated within the Orthodox community, it is independent from non-Orthodox commercial publishers and can benefit from constant input from Eastern Orthodox scholars and theologians. Currently there is a popular online bookstore selling a revised version EOB New Testament with a 2013 copyright date.

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