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The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition
Pentiuc, Eugen J.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 pp. xxii + 414. $35.00



Description: This study provides a general overview and a succinct analysis of the primary ways in which the Old Testament has been received, interpreted and conveyed within Eastern Orthodox tradition, filling a vacuum in scholarly literature on the history of biblical interpretation. The book is divided into two parts: Reception and Interpretation. Under Reception issues such as unity and diversity of the Christian Bible, text, canon, and Tradition are considered. The second part, Interpretation, focuses on Eastern Orthodox modes of interpretation: discursive and intuitive. Among the discursive modes, the patristic exegesis is chosen as a case study. The intuitive modes representing the so-called "liturgical exegesis" are subdivided into aural (hymns, psalmody, lectionaries) and visual (portable icons, frescoes, mosaics). A special emphasis is placed on the hallmarks of Eastern Orthodox reception and interpretation of the Old Testament, including: the centrality of Scripture within Tradition, a blend of flexibility and strictness at all levels of the faith community, integrative function and holistic use of the sacred text, a tensed unity of discursive and intuitive modes of interpretation, and a dynamic synergy between formative and informative goals in the use of Scripture.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Archaeology, History of Interpretation

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Review by Antonios Finitsis
Published 10/15/2015
Citation: Antonios Finitsis, review of Eugen J. Pentiuc, The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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