Thursday, April 24, 2014

What is “The Lukan Jump?”

September 25, 2011 by  
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By Archbishop Peter (L’Huiller) The Archbishop of New York and New Jersey in the Orthodox Church in America, Archbishop Peter was a renown expert in Canon Law, the Typikon, and Liturgical tradition. What is the “Lukan Jump”? The annual cycle of the Gospels is composed of four series: 1. The Gospel of St. John (read from Pascha until Pentecost Sunday); 2. The Gospel of St. Matthew (divided over seventeen weeks beginning with the Monday of the Holy Spirit – from the twelfth week,  [Read more...]

Why Orthodox Christians Prefer The Septuagint: Part 4

October 20, 2010 by  
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6. THE CASE OF THE MISSING VERSE Psalm 144 (Ps. 145 in the Masoretic text) is an “acrostic Psalm” in Hebrew, that is, each of its verses begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. But there is a problem in today’s Hebrew Masoretic text. The verse that should begin with the Hebrew letter “N” is missing. At the same time, people have noted that in the Greek version of the Book of Psalms (i.e. the Septuagint text), there is an “extra” verse  [Read more...]

Why Orthodox Christians Prefer The Septuagint: Part 3

October 20, 2010 by  
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3. THE CASE OF THE MISSING PROPHET We have written in a previous article (“The Neutralization of the Netherworld”) that the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament represents an ancient and authentic Hebrew tradition. Due to the fact that there were variances in the Hebrew texts, the textual tradition that the Septuagint translation presents often differs widely from the Masoretic Hebrew text of today. But there are also some surprises. In very ancient times, it seems some anonymous rabbis felt that they needed  [Read more...]

Why Orthodox Christians Prefer The Septuagint: Part 2

October 20, 2010 by  
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2. THE NEUTRALIZATION OF THE NETHERWORLD “Isn’t that what Adolph Hitler did to Holland in World War II?” This, indeed, is the sort of reaction you might expect to get if you were speaking to someone about the “neutralization of the Netherworld.” He really wouldn’t know what you were talking about. On the other hand, if you were to refer to it as the “Harrowing of Hell,” people might or might not understand. Orthodox Christians know it as the “Descent into Hades.” Most  [Read more...]

Why Orthodox Christians Prefer The Septuagint: Part 1

October 20, 2010 by  
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by Metrpolitan Ephraim of Boston Preface The purpose of these articles was to explain to our faithful, in a simple and easily-understood manner, some of the differences that exist between the Old Testament (Masoretic) text used by most of today’s Roman Catholics and Protestants and the Septuagint Old Testament used by Orthodox Christians since the time of Christ. All told, there are some 300 textual differences between the Masoretic and the Septuagint texts, some of them important and some of them insignificant. These  [Read more...]