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Ancient Faith Biblical Studies Collection (10 vols.)
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Overview

The Ancient Faith Biblical Studies Collection offers a fine selection of Orthodox Christian scholarship designed to enhance your Bible study. The texts included here will be especially helpful to those who struggle to see the value in studying the Old Testament in our modern world. The Rest of the Bible and Wise Lives provide commentary on several important ancient Jewish texts that many Christians have never read. The Christian Old Testament illuminates the Old Testament as the context for Christianity and shows how the books of the Old Testament are a multi-layered revelation of Christ.

Also provided in this collection are two texts regarding the second coming of Christ. A Second Look at the Second Coming and Ultimate Things will root your understanding of the apocalypse in Eastern Orthodoxy, not speculation and culture.

Each of the texts in this collection has insights drawn from the teachings of the Orthodox Church, provided here in an easily accessible format to help make studying the Old Testament meaningful, and studying John’s apocalypse comprehensible.

With the Logos edition of the Ancient Faith Biblical Studies Collection, these powerful resources automatically integrate with your Logos library, allowing you to cross-reference them and study the Old Testament like never before. Pull these accessible texts up side-by-side with other commentaries in your library to compare interpretations and applications. Important terms, figures, and dates link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, the Timeline, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Logos mobile apps let you bring the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place so you get the most out of your study.

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Key Features

  • Texts that make the Old Testament accessible and relevant
  • Commentaries on religious texts read alongside the Bible
  • A Christian examination of Sirach
  • Orthodox discussions of the end times

Individual Titles

The Rest of the Bible: A Guide to the Old Testament of the Early Church

  • Author: Theron Mathis
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 128

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This book argues that the original Old Testament was full of personal, powerful stories that still have meaning for Christians today. A beautiful widow risks her life to defend her people while men cower in fear. A young man takes a journey with an archangel and faces down a demon in order to marry a woman seven times widowed. A reprobate king repents and miraculously turns back toward God. A Jewish exile plays a game of riddles in a Persian king’s court. Young men and widows become martyrs in the face of idolatry. Wisdom is detailed and exalted. Christ is revealed. These and many other stories make up the collection of writings explored in this book—from ancient Jewish religious texts many people have never read. Mathis states that these books of the Greek Old Testament were a vital part of the church’s life in the early centuries, and are still read and treasured by Orthodox Christians today. The Rest of the Bible provides a brief and intriguing introduction to each of these valuable texts, which St. Athanasius termed “the Readables.”

Theron Mathis received his BS in Religion from Liberty University and his MDiv from Southern Seminary. Raised Baptist, Mathis converted to Orthodoxy after attending seminary. He is a blogger for “The Sounding Orthodox Blog.”

The Christian Old Testament: Looking at the Hebrew Scriptures through Christian Eyes

  • Author: Lawrence R. Farley
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 160

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Many Christians see the Old Testament as “the other Testament”: a source of exciting stories to tell the kids, but not very relevant to the Christian life. The Christian Old Testament reveals the Hebrew Scriptures as the essential context of Christianity, as well as a multi-layered revelation of Christ himself.

Archpriest Lawrence Farley currently pastors St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Mission (OCA) in Langley, Canada. He received his BA from Trinity College, Toronto, and his MDiv from Wycliffe College, Toronto. A former Anglican priest, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1985 and studied for two years at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania. He has also published A Daily Calendar of Saints and gives a regular podcast called Coffee Cup Commentaries.

Creation and the Patriarchal Histories: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Genesis

  • Author: Patrick Henry Reardon
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 160

The Book of Genesis is foundational reading for the Christian. Its opening pages provide the theological suppositions of the entire biblical story: creation, the structure of time, man’s relationship to God, the entrance of sin into the world, and God’s selection of a specific line of revelation that gives structure to history. This text argues that early Christian writers like St. Paul saw no dichotomy between the writings of the law, of which Genesis is the beginning, and the Gospel. Rather, the Gospel is the key to understanding the law. In Creation and the Patriarchal Histories, Reardon shows how the proper understanding of creation and the fall informs all of Christian doctrine, and how the narratives of the patriarchs from Noah to Joseph pave the way for the salvation history that continues in Exodus.

The Greek and Latin fathers of the church found the revelation of creation, the fall, and the covenantal promises in Genesis immensely enlightening. Evil and sin were not due to human nature but to a prideful flight from the offer of friendship with the transcendent God who created the universe and, even after the fall promises a redemptive Messiah. Patrick Henry Reardon’s commentary conveys central aspects of this enlightenment, showing that is as relevant today as it has ever been down the millennia.

—Rev. Dr. Matthew L. Lamb, chairman, department of theology, Ave Maria University

Archpriest Patrick Henry Reardon has given us a new map to find the time tested answers that are part of the treasury of the rich tradition of the Orthodox Church. This trenchant commentary is indeed a new gem to be added to the library of those who love Holy Scripture.

—The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, chancellor, St. Vladimir’s Seminary

Any serious student of Scripture and culture will benefit from reading [this] book.

—Father Hans Jacobse, editor, OrthodoxyToday.org

Patrick Henry Reardon is the pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor at Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Anselm’s College in Rome, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, the University of Liverpool, and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary. He is the author of several books and more than 500 articles, editorials, and reviews published in Books and Culture, Touchstone, The Scottish Journal of Theology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and other journals across three continents.

Chronicles of History and Worship: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Books of Chronicles

  • Author: Lawrence R. Farley
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 188

The Old Testament book of Chronicles contains some of the most neglected passages in all of Scripture. Understanding its message can be a difficult and daunting task for the modern reader. Patrick Reardon brings this important book to life, unfolding its powerful message for our own day. Like any family history, the story of Chronicles is told with a distinct purpose in mind. It asks the question: “What was the real and lasting significance of King David and his house?” Beginning with the long list of names of the first chapter, this heritage is revealed in cosmic significance. It has in fact become the family tree of every true believer.

Patrick Henry Reardon is the pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor at Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Anselm’s College in Rome, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, the University of Liverpool, and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary. He is the author of several books and more than 500 articles, editorials, and reviews published in Books and Culture, Touchstone, The Scottish Journal of Theology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and other journals across three continents.

The Trial of Job: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Job

  • Author: Patrick Henry Reardon
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 112

In The Trial of Job, Father Patrick Reardon helps the reader identify with Job on multiple levels, making him accessible to those less familiar with Scripture, those who cannot relate to the extent of his suffering and despair, as well as those who have had their share of tragedy.

Ultimately, all of us identify with one or another aspect of Job’s life. As life inevitably informs and as this book intuitively confirms, one cannot sing Psalms without having read Job!

—Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne

Patrick Henry Reardon is the pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor at Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Anselm’s College in Rome, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, the University of Liverpool, and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary. He is the author of several books and more than 500 articles, editorials, and reviews published in Books and Culture, Touchstone, The Scottish Journal of Theology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and other journals across three continents.

Christ in the Psalms

  • Author: Patrick Henry Reardon
  • Series: Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 328

Christ in the Psalms takes the reader on a thought-provoking and enlightening pilgrimage through this beloved prayer book of the church. Lively and highly devotional, this book holds a wealth of insight into the beloved Scriptures, the world of the early church, and the Apostles themselves, who constantly used and referred to the Psalms in their own writings. Christ in the Psalms is appropriate for Great Lent or any other time of the year.

Patrick Henry Reardon is the pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor at Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Anselm’s College in Rome, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, the University of Liverpool, and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary. He is the author of several books and more than 500 articles, editorials, and reviews published in Books and Culture, Touchstone, The Scottish Journal of Theology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and other journals across three continents.

Wise Lives: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Wisdom of Sirach

  • Author: Patrick Henry Reardon
  • Series: Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 195

Reardon states that although it is found in every major extant Christian manuscript of the Old Testament, the later exclusion of the Wisdom of Sirach from the Protestant canon has made it one of the little-known gems of Holy Scripture. Composed in Hebrew and translated into Greek in the 2nd century before Christ, it is among the last books of the Old Testament. Sirach represents the more primitive and conservative aspect of Israel’s wisdom tradition—the practical application of the fear of God to daily life—but he enhances that tradition by a singular attention to biography and historical literature in the shaping of the soul.

Patrick Henry Reardon is the pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor at Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Anselm’s College in Rome, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, the University of Liverpool, and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary. He is the author of several books and more than 500 articles, editorials, and reviews published in Books and Culture, Touchstone, The Scottish Journal of Theology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and other journals across three continents.

Christ in His Saints

  • Author: Patrick Henry Reardon
  • Series: Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 172

In this sequel to Christ in the Psalms, Patrick Henry Reardon examines the lives of almost 150 saints and heroes from the Scriptures—everyone from Abigail to Zephaniah, and Adam to St. John. This well-researched work is a veritable cornucopia of Bible personalities: Old Testament saints, New Testament saints, “Repentant saints,” “Zealous saints,” “Saints under pressure”—they’re all here, and their stories are both fascinating and uplifting. But Christ in His Saints is far more than just a biblical “who’s who.” These men and women represent that ancient family into which, by baptism, all believers have been incorporated. Together they compose that great “cloud of witnesses” cheering us on and inspiring us through word and deed. Christ in His Saints is appropriate for Great Lent or any other time of the year.

Patrick Henry Reardon is the pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor at Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Anselm’s College in Rome, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, the University of Liverpool, and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary. He is the author of several books and more than 500 articles, editorials, and reviews published in Books and Culture, Touchstone, The Scottish Journal of Theology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and other journals across three continents.

A Second Look at the Second Coming: Sorting Through the Speculations

  • Author: T. L. Frazier
  • Series: Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 224

A Second Look at the Second Coming is a balanced, well-researched treatment of the end times, interpreted from the Christian East by faithful Orthodox saints, martyrs, and Spirit-filled fathers of the faith. Historic Christian teaching on the rapture, the millennium, the state of Israel, and the role of the church in the last days is something quite different from what is commonly taught in today’s evangelicalism.

Terry Frazier has written numerous articles and books defending historic Christian beliefs. He has recently written Holy Relics and coauthored Understanding the Divine Liturgy with Father Michel Najim.

Ultimate Things: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on the End Times

  • Author: Dennis E. Engleman
  • Series: Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 296

Every generation has had Christians who profess that the end is near. Some Christian groups believe Scripture indicates the end is near. In Ultimate Things, Dennis Engleman provides a thoroughly Orthodox Christian perspective on the end times. This text refuses to sensationalize these times or rewrite traditional Christian teachings to fit with the spirit of our age.

Dennis E. Engleman is an author, photographer, and engineer. He writes regularly on Orthodox subjects and has published numerous articles in various magazines. His other works include The Saint Nicholas Secret.

Product Details

  • Title: Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series
  • Author: Lawrence Farley
  • Series: Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series
  • Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 2,219