The Orthodox Study Bible (OSB) uses the New King James Version (NKJV) for both the Old and New Testaments with the following caveats: The New Testament follows the NKJV text exactly. The Old Testament is revised to follow the Septuagint only when it varies from the NKJV Old Testament. Additionally, since the Septuagint includes the Apocrypha or Deutero-canonical books of the Old Testament, these are newly translated into English for the OSB because these books are not in the NKJV. This is the first English translation of the Septuagint (commonly abbreviated as LXX) since Lancelot Brenton's translation of 1851. The study features of this version include book introductions, study notes, and topical articles written from an Orthodox Church perspective and annotations which include commentary from Patristic literature, that is, early Christian writers discussing the meaning of various passages. 1993 Edition: An edition which included the New Testament and Psalms was released in April 1993 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (Nelsonword Publishing Group). 2008 Edition: The full edition including the complete Old and New Testament was released in June 2008 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. What is the Septuagint? The Orthodox Church accepts the Septuagint, an ancient translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek, as their official version of the Old Testament. The Septuagint is an early Koine Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament produced in the third century B.C. by Jews in Alexandria. This translation of the Hebrew Bible was widely used by Jews in the time of Jesus and by the early Christian church. The Septuagint in commonly abbreviated as LXX, referring to the group of 70 translators. Note that other Christian Bible translations use primarily the Masoretic Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Variant readings from the Septuagint are sometimes mentioned in the footnotes, but not typically adopted in the main text.

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