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The Septuagint was the primary Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, often quoted by the apostles and the early Church Fathers. The Orthodox Church has continued to use this version of the Old Testament exclusively since the time of Christ. The Holy Orthodox Bible presents Peter Papoutsis’ fresh English translations of the Septuagint texts, based on accepted Orthodox biblical and liturgical materials.

After a visit to the Holy Land where he learned about the Septuagint’s importance, attorney Peter Papoutsis sought an English version of Septuagint he could read for himself. Finding no accurate English translation, or one based on texts authorized by the Orthodox Church, Papoutsis spent the next several years learning to read and translate Septuagint Greek.

These nine volumes present the fruit of his labor: readable, English versions of the Septuagint books. A work still in progress—this 9-volume resource includes volumes that are yet to be released. However when completed, The Holy Orthodox Bible will offer a complete translation of the Orthodox Old Testament in a single, downloadable resource.

In the Logos edition, this resource is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

  • Presents direct English translations from the Greek Septuagint, based on texts authorized by the Orthodox Church
  • Offers the complete Orthodox Old Testament in one downloadable resource
  • Allows non-scholars the opportunity easily read the Septuagint
  • Title: The Holy Orthodox Bible
  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing
  • Volumes: 9
  • Christian Group: Orthodox
  • Resource Type: Bibles
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The Holy Orthodox Bible, vol. I: The Pentateuch

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 307

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The Septuagint—the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures—was the version of the Old Testament used by the Greek-speaking Jews of Alexandria before the coming of Christ. It clearly shows that the prophesies of the future Messiah refer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When the writers of the New Testament almost exclusively quoted from the Septuagint when they quoted the Old Testament. This volume contains Peter Papoutsis’ translation of the Pentateuch, based on Septuagint texts authorized by the Holy Orthodox Church.

The Holy Orthodox Bible, vol. IIa: The Historical Books

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 144

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Peter Papoutsis translates the extensive historical account of the nation of Israel, in the books of Jesus son of Naue, Judges, Ruth, and 1 Kingdoms.

The Holy Orthodox Bible, vol. IIb: 2 & 3 Kingdoms

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing

This volume presents Peter Papoutsis’ original translation of 2 and 3 Kingdoms from the Greek Septuagint text.

The Holy Orthodox Bible, vol. IIc: 4 Kingdoms, 1 & 2 Paralipomena

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing

Finishing the books of Kingdoms, this volume also includes English translations of 1 & 2 Paralipomena from the Greek Septuagint.

The Holy Orthodox Bible, vol. IId: 1 & 2 Esdras, Esther, Judith, Tobit, 1–3 Makkabees

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing

Peter Papoutsis makes the Greek Septuagint texts accessible to modern English readers with fresh translations of the last portion of the historical books.

The Holy Orthodox Bible, vol. III: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Job, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing

Volume III contains the Wisdom Books in fresh translation from the Greek Septuagint texts, carefully carried out by Peter Papoutsis.

The Holy Orthodox Bible, vol. IV: The Minor Prophets

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 85

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Volume IV of the Holy Orthodox Bible presents the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament, translated from the Septuagint into English by Peter Papoutsis. The Minor Prophets are a collection of twelve prophetic books spanning the period of the Israelite kingdoms and on into the exile and restoration.

This volume includes the books of Osee, Amos, Miheas, Joel, Obdiou, Jonas, Naum, Ambakoum, Sophonia, Aggeos, Zeharia, and Malaheas.

The Holy Orthodox Bible, vol. V: The Major Prophets & 4th Makkabees

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 394

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This translation of the Major Prophets and 4th Makkabees by Peter Papoutsis is based on the most time-honored Septuagint biblical and liturgical texts found in the Greek Orthodox Church and in the field of Septuagint and Old Greek biblical studies.

The Holy Orthodox Bible: The Psalms

  • Translator: Peter Papoutsis
  • Publisher: Papoutsis Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 155

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The Holy Orthodox Psalms are the hymn book of the Church to this very day. Further, they are separated into “Kathismata” so as to know which groups of Psalms are sung when throughout the liturgical year with the Church. Here the Psalms are presented in English, translated by Peter Papoutsis from the Septuagint.

Peter Papoutsis was born in Chicago, Illinois to Greek immigrants, and was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church. He is an attorney, and is knowledgeable about ancient history and cultures, especially Greek, Roman, and Middle-Eastern societies.

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  1. Peter A. Papoutsis
    Hi Greg. Thank you for your posting of an old review and debate that I had with Archmandrite Irenei Steenberg. Unfortunately for me I should not have engaged in this debate the way I did, but I cannot undo past mistakes. For what its worth the ENTIRE debate is on Monachos.net and can be read there. Basically we went back and forth for a while with my main criticism being that the Archimandrite, IMHO, was criticizing my translation when the very same criticism could have been made towards the Orthodox Study Bible, but were not.Further, that my translation was not that different than other translations out there and that some had the same readings that I had. I then pointed out the fact that the Archimandrite was associated with the OSB translation and that this is why he did not criticize the OSB on the very same point he criticized my translation. As you can see from the debate on Monachos.net he continually avoided criticizing the OSB. Further, my quote is correct my translation is NOT an official English translation of the LXX as I have not been hired nor my translation approved by any Orthodox Jurisdiction. However, I might add that the OSB is also NOT an official translation. In fact, NONE of the American or English-Speaking Orthodox Jurisdictions have an official English translation of the Bible. Mine is a sole attempt to simply fill a void. So there you have it. My utter embarrassment at the uncharitable debate I had with the Archimandrite because back in the day I let my pride and ego get in the way. I would humbly and publicly ask for the Archimandrite's forgiveness in this, but I think my criticism is still valid. If not let me know and I will attempt a better debate than what I did in the past. Truth be told it is the Church and ONLY the Church that can produce an Official anything. My offering is simply that an offering. Further, compared to the Greek Thompson, Brenton and even the NETS translation are simply aids and helps to us understanding the original LXX Greek. It is the Septuagint that is Official through usage and custom. English is not and never will be because there will always be a better English translation. Hence the plethora of English Bible version we have today on the market. My other criticism would simply be look at the work itself and pick it apart and do your own thinking. The Archimandrite did that and a few others did that as well. You and others should do that and not blame Logos for also offering everything they can for the English-Speaking Orthodox Christian. Think of it this way, if you disagree with my translation guess what? You will start to study and learn the LXX Greek! If you start doing that then makes me very happy because then you are not relying on an English translation, but on he actual Greek itself. English translations are the start of the learning process not the end. If you see it in that light you will benefit greatly from every English translation you end up using. Take care Greg. I bid you peace. Peter A. Papoutsis
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    9/21/2015

    It doesn't seem that this text has had a thorough review by any Orthodox Christian clergy. At least one critique - by Archimandrite Irenei Steenberg (who himself is a respected Orthodox author) was decidedly negative. In fact, the author himself has stated on monachos.net: "I have never, and I repeat NEVER proclaimed that I was doing an official English translation of the LXX, and, in fact, I have even avoided calling it a translation but an approximation as the underlying Septuagnt [sic] Greek" How on earth did Logos vet this translation? Fr. Irenei's comments: The translation Even a cursory glance at the translation proper reveals it as deeply problematic. In a brief reading of the translation of the first few chapters of Genesis, for example, nearly every paragraph had substantial problems of the Greek simply being rendered wrongly. Let us look at a few examples: For Gen 1.3, the translation is rendered “And God said, Let light be created, and light was created.” The awkwardness of the passive form in English seems to be caused by the translator’s desire to keep strictly to the voice of the Greek; however, this doesn’t work, as the Greek alternates voices between the two occurrences of the verb in that sentence (καὶ εἶπεν ὁ θεός Γενηθήτω φῶς. καὶ ἐγένετο φῶς). So the translation fails to render the Greek as written. But it also fails to translate accurately the key term itself, which is not ‘to create’, but ‘to come into being’. The verse would more accurately be translated, “And God said, ‘Let light come into being; and light came into being’. At Gen 1.9, the translation reads “And God said, Let the water, which is under the sky be collected into one place…”. Here the translator begins to show what is an extremely common occurrence in the translation: mis-translation of significant terms based on expected idiom—for the Greek does not say ‘into one place’ but ‘into one gathering’ (Καὶ εἶπεν ὁ θεός Συναχθήτω τὸ ὕδωρ τὸ ὑποκάτω τοῦ οὐρανοῦ εἰς συναγωγὴν μίαν). This is an interesting phrase, and one that deserves to be rendered according to what the Greek actually says (there is, for example, something telling about the creation saga, in the organisation of the cosmos here not by ‘place’, but by communion/gathering). One verse later, at Gen 1.10, the translation imposes the term ‘gathering’ (which had been present in 1.9, but not translated as such) where it does not exist in the Greek, and therefore fails to translate the LXX’s shift in nuance. Papoutsis’ translation reads: “And God called the dry land Earth, and the gatherings of the waters He called Seas”; but in fact the Greek does not say ‘gatherings of the waters’ but ‘systems of the waters’ (καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ὁ θεὸς τὴν ξηρὰν γῆν καὶ τὰ συστήματα τῶν ὑδάτων ἐκάλεσεν θαλάσσας). The LXX has presented an interesting and revealing reading: The waters under the sky are gathered into an ‘assembly’, and the ‘systems’ of this assembly are called seas—an interesting (if perhaps confusing!) nuance which the translation fails entirely to present, since it does not actually translate what the Greek says. There are also problems that move away from the relatively simple matter of not translating the Greek words actually present, to a mis-translation of Septuagintal grammatical constructions that render odd (and incorrect) readings. So, for example, at Gen 1.20 we find: “And God said, Let the waters bring forth reptiles having life…”; but this is not possible from the Greek phrase (Καὶ εἶπεν ὁ θεός ᾿Εξαγαγέτω τὰ ὕδατα ἑρπετὰ ψυχῶν ζωσῶν). If the Greek meant to say ‘reptiles having life’, it would have had to use an accusative participial construction, which it does not. The translator has tried to take ψυχῶν ζωσῶν as a participial construction nonetheless, which it decidedly cannot be in this phrase in this form; it is clearly (and must be) a genitive, so the phrase should read ‘reptiles [or “creeping things”] among living creatures’. This is a tremendous reading that the LXX offers! ‘Among living creatures, the waters brought forth creeping things’—something quite different than what is presented in the translation! Some of the problems are less dramatic, but still evidence a lack of understanding of the nuance of Septuagintal Greek. So, for example, at Gen 2.5 the translation gives us the awkward and fairly bizarre phrase, “for God had not rained on the earth”, apparently unaware that the verb in Greek (οὐ γὰρ ἔβρεξεν ὁ θεὸς ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν) means as much ‘to send rain’ as ‘to rain’; and when it occurs with a personal subject in Classical Greek also, always means this transitive act of sending the rain. So the translator has given us an awkward phrase in English, which makes the meaning less straightforward than it actually is in Greek. At Gen 3.8, Papoutsis refers to Adam and his wife as “both Adam and his woman” (the Greek being ὅ τε Αδαμ καὶ ἡ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ). Why he has chosen this phrase for what is clearly a term meaning ‘wife’ is eminently unclear. Especially as he aims to provide a translation useful to Orthodox Christians, translating ἡ γυνὴ as ‘woman’ rather than ‘wife’ ignores the entire liturgical usage of the term (e.g. in the Orthodox wedding rite). The English style Others (and I myself) have already remarked that, quite apart from the dire problem of inaccurate translation, the English itself is rendered in a most bizarre way. Or to put it another way, what is rendered is simply not correct English. But before stressing the why and how, it seems fair to let the translator describe his intention in terms of English style. From his To the Reader (prefatory remarks), Papoutsis writes: The English style that is used throughout this translation is what many would call "Biblical" or "Traditional" English, but in a slightly modernized form. The philosophy behind this current work is that the reader, and hearer, might be instilled with reverence and awe as he approaches the Word of God, and that one might realize the sacredness of scripture and that this is truly God’s revelation of Himself to man. Therefore, by presenting God’s Word in "Biblical" English the sacred and holy nature of Almighty God is clearly and succinctly conveyed and the soul of the partaker of Holy Scripture is uplifted to the very heights of God’s love and mercy that He has for all mankind. Contemporary English fails to do this. We cannot feel the sense or depth of God’s sacredness when we approach God with the same language we use in business and everyday conversation. In other words, since there is nothing special about Contemporary English, there is nothing special about God. Thus, the style of English in this present translation is intended to uplift men’s souls and bring them to a sense of fear and trembling people must have of the Lord. The desire to present the Scriptures in exalted English, rather than the every-day vernacular, is a noble and proper one; and I personally agree whole-heartedly with the intention to do so. The problem here is not in the aim, but in the realisation. What is offered is not an exalted English, it is non-English; the attempt to offer a traditional English ‘in a slightly modernized form’ has ended with a language that simply does not work. ‘Traditional English’—i.e. English that preserves the older distinctions of the second person singular and plural as affectionate/formal, together with the general stylings of the language when that usage was common—is not simply modern-day English with ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ inserted. These forms require that the verbs associated with them be conjugated properly. So it is possible to say “You are here” (plural/formal), or “Thou art here” (singular/intimate), but not “Thou are here”, which is a confusion of the language. It seems to be the case that Mr Papoutsis has ‘modernized’ traditional English simply by rendering it in modern English (which is what this translation is, however broken), with the modern English’s generic ‘you’ replaced with ‘thee/thou’ and ‘ye’ at his personal preference. So we get, for example, 'thou has hearkened' (Gen 3.17) and 'What have thou done?' (Gen 4.10)—phrases which grammatically make no sense whatsoever. And even with this, the application isn’t uniform. So in Gen 3.9 we find “And the Lord God called Adam and said to him, Adam, where art thou?”—a rendering which is, surprisingly, correct. But then, a mere two verses later, we have lost this accuracy: “And God said to him, Who told thee that thou was naked” (Gen 3.11). I am also disappointed at the inconsistent approach to rendering biblical names in English. I’m very much in support of rendering the Greek names in an English transliteration of the Greek rather than imposing the Hebrew versions with which English speakers are more familiar (so, for example, ‘Avakoum’ rather than ‘Habbakuk’); but one must be consistent. It makes little sense to insist on a Hellenisation of a name in one case, but ignore it in another—yet this is just what we find. So in Gen 4.1 (and elsewhere) we have Abel’s brother named as ‘Kain’; this is a case of what I would call ‘insistent’ transliteration, drawing attention to the Greek root for its own sake, since ‘Kain’ and ‘Cain’ sound identical in English (though Mr Papoutsis seems to loose his insistence later; at Joshua 7.9, for example, why does he translate ‘Canaanites’ rather than insist upon the Greek ‘Chanaanites’?). But then there are passages where not only does he not insist on a radically Hellenic spelling, but doesn’t even transliterate the Greek names at all (!)—so at Gen 4.16 we hear about “the land of Nod”, despite the fact that the Greek (Ναιδ) does not transliterate to ‘Nod’ but ‘Naid’. Why are we now imposing Hebrew names? Then, apart from these specific issues, there are many passages where the English is simply so broken as to be almost unreadable. A representative example is Gen 1.29, which reads like this: ”And God said, Behold I have given to you every seed bearing herb sowing seed which is upon all the earth, and every tree which has in itself the fruit of seed that is sown, to you it shall be for food.” From the Greek: καὶ εἶπεν ὁ θεός ᾿Ιδοὺ δέδωκα ὑμῖν πᾶν χόρτον σπόριμον σπεῖρον σπέρμα, ὅ ἐστιν ἐπάνω πάσης τῆς γῆς, καὶ πᾶν ξύλον, ὃ ἔχει ἐν ἑαυτῷ καρπὸν σπέρματος σπορίμου— ὑμῖν ἔσται εἰς βρῶσιν— The brokenness of the English here seems to come from a desire to remain absolutely bone-literal to the word order of the Greek; though elsewhere, Mr Papoutsis (rightly) appreciates that Greek word ordering needn’t be precisely mirrored in English (and shouldn’t—the two languages have different practices of, for example, verb location in a sentence) in order to render an accurate translation, and he doesn’t do so. But this passage is hardly out of the ordinary. A final note I’m sorry for the decidedly negative tone of these comments, but it has to cause a feeling of great disappointment (which I certainly feel) to see a project that has clearly taken substantial amounts of time, nonetheless fail so dramatically to make a substantial offering to the lack of Septuagintal translations in English—for we are in need of more, and better, versions of the Church’s sacred Scriptures. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t either an accurate or a readable version. If there are those who wish to approach the Septuagint, this version really cannot be recommended.
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