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The Bible in American Life$
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Philip Goff, Arthur Farnsley, and Peter Thuesen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190468910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190468910.001.0001

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Let Us Be Attentive

Let Us Be Attentive

The Orthodox Study Bible, Converts, and the Debate on Orthodox Lay Uses of Scripture

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The Bible in American Life

Garrett Spivey

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the history of the Orthodox Study Bible, the first English language study Bible targeting Eastern Orthodox Christians in North America. Thomas Nelson published the Orthodox Study Bible in 2008. The history of the project helps uncover how and why publishing companies produce Bibles for niche markets and how these Bibles are utilized by their intended audiences. It further reveals that there were two intended uses for the Orthodox Study Bible. First, its creators intended for it to become the primary Bible for English-speaking Orthodox Christians’ private devotion and study. Second, they wanted it to be used as a tool for evangelizing non-Orthodox Christians, especially evangelical Protestants. Finally, the chapter finds that the Bible’s audience used it in an unintended way, namely as the focal point for an intense debate over the future trajectory of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in North America.

Keywords:   Orthodox Study Bible, Thomas Nelson, Eastern Orthodox Christianity

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