Monday, May 11, 2009

RSV Military New Testament for Orthodox Christians

Thanks to an anonymous blogger about a month ago, who pointed out to me the existence of the RSV Military New Testament w/Psalms for Orthodox Christians. I finally remembered to post about today, so there you have it! I wonder what edition of the RSV NT it uses, my guess would be the 1971 revision, but I could be wrong.

Here are the specs, via The Orthodox Marketplace:

The New Testament and Psalms in a pocket size volume - ideal to pack and carry. The Orthodox Military New Testament also includes devotional morning and evening prayers, a page to list the living and the dead for prayer, 8 full-color icon plates, and a devotional piece on the ten commandments and integrity in military service. The New Testament & Psalms for Orthodox Christians Military Edition is developed with the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) for distribution to the Orthodox Christian men and women of the armed services all over the world. Biblical text is the RSV. The full cost of this Bible is donated to the efforts of the American Bible Society towards Orthodox Christian projects.
Looks like it has some nice additional prayer aids included that even a Papist like myself could enjoy and benefit from. And heck, the cover is cool is that! Hmmm.....I wonder what Esteban thinks about this?


Esteban Vázquez said...

I think it is a lovely little edition, and I hope it proves beneficial for Orthodox members of the Armed Forces. But I still wish we Orthodox had a recension of the RSV-NT that reflected out ecclesiastical text!

Theo Nicolakis said...

Hi guys, the RSV-NT reflecting the ecclesiastical text is in the works as we speak. It's happening as a joint project between the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the American Bible Society (I know because I'm part of the project :-)

I can also say that the Military Edition is really slick and we've received tremendous feedback from the Orthodox military Chaplains and servicemen and servicewomen already.

Thanks for your comments on it!

Poor Audiophile said...

Oh, and if you're wondering about publication date, it's probably going to be sometime next year and will be a diglot with the approved text of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Holy Synod (1904) on one side and the English (RSV) on the other.

Unknown said...

We are also actively pursuing the same sort of resource for Catholic military: tailored to the preferred translation and supplied with helps for the spiritual practices of the faithful.

Director, Armed Services Ministry
American Bible Society