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Masoretic Text vs. Original Hebrew

Originally posted on The Orthodox Life:
The Masoretic Text is significantly different from the original Hebrew Scriptures. I used to believe the Masoretic Text was a perfect copy of the original Old Testament.  I used to believe that the Masoretic Text was how God divinely preserved the Hebrew Scriptures throughout the ages. I was wrong.…

Learn more page updated

I just updated the Learn More page to include more patristic works from the Church Fathers.

Bowing Down to a Faceless Idol

Originally posted on The Orthodox Life:
Muslims reject the Incarnation. Therefore, this mosque has bare walls and no images of God. Before the Incarnation, it was idolatrous to make an image of God. Now that the Incarnation has taken place, it would be idolatrous not to make images of Him. When a religion rejects images of God, it…

December 25: HYMN OF PRAISE The Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

Out of burning love, Thou didst come down from heaven; From eternal beauty, Thou didst descend into monstrous pain; From eternal light, Thou didst descend into the thick darkness of evil. Thou didst extend Thy holy hand to those choked in sin. Heaven was amazed, the earth quaked. Welcome, O Christ! O ye peoples, rejoice! […]

December 25: HOMILY on the birth of the Lord, the Son of God

  I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world. (John 16: 28) The only-begotten Son of God, brethren, begotten in eternity of the Father without a mother, was born in time of a mother without a father. That first begetting is an unfathomable mystery of the Holy Trinity in eternity, and […]

Dec. 25: Discourse On the Nativity of Christ

  Saint Gregory Thaumatourgos, Bishop of Neo-Caesarea Brethren, we behold now a great and wondrous mystery. Shepherds with cries of joy come forth as messengers to the sons of mankind, not on their hilly pastures with their flocks conversing and not in the field with their sheep frolicking, but rather in the city of […]

The Incarnation: Reality of Symbol & Symbol of Reality

Click on the image above for a larger view. The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is surely multiplied in the case of Holy Icons. For the Orthodox Holy Icons are theology in color just as the Holy Scriptures are theology in word. However, Holy Icons are not merely religious […]

December 25: The Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

The Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ (fresco in Studenica Monastery, 1313-14) But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son (Galatians 4: 4) to save the human race. And when nine months were fulfilled from the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel had appeared to the Most-holy […]

December 25: REFLECTION

The Lord Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was first worshiped by shepherds and wise men (astrologers) from the east—the simplest and the wisest of this world. Even today, those who most sincerely worship the Lord Jesus as God and Savior are the simplest and the wisest of this world. Perverted simplicity and half-learned wisdom were always […]

On Christmas

This is the festival of the virgin birth! Our address must be exalted therefore in accordance with the greatness of the feast, and enter into the mystery, as far as this is accessible and permissible, and time allows, that something of its inner power might be revealed even to us. Please strive, brethren, to lift up […]