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The Bible

The Bible is the book of sacred writ­ings of God’s Peo­ple of the Old and New Tes­ta­ments.

The Peo­ple of God of the Old Tes­ta­ment were the Jews, the descen­dants of Abra­ham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name was changed by God to Israel (Gen 32:28). These peo­ple are also called the Hebrews. They remain for­ev­er as God’s cho­sen peo­ple for from them “accord­ing to the flesh” Christ, the Son of God, was born (Rom 9:5). This Son of God is Jesus of Nazareth, the Mes­si­ah-King of Israel and the Sav­ior of the world (See Mt 1–2, Lk 1–2, Rom 8:3, Gal 4:4, Heb 1–5). The Old Tes­ta­men­tal writ­ings of the Peo­ple of Israel remain for­ev­er as the Word of God for all who believe in God and wish to know His divine Truth and to do His divine Will.

The Peo­ple of God of the New Tes­ta­ment are the Chris­tians—those who believe in Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the Liv­ing God” and who belong to the Church which He has found­ed upon faith in Him­self (See Mt 16:13–20). The Peo­ple of God of the New Tes­ta­ment also have their holy writ­ings which bear wit­ness to Christ and which are affirmed to be the Word of God.

Thus, the Bible as a book, or a col­lec­tion of many books, has two main parts. It has the Old Tes­ta­ment writ­ings which pre­pare the world for the com­ing of Christ, and, it has the New Tes­ta­ment writ­ings which tes­ti­fy to the fact that Christ has come and has saved the world.

Volume 3: Bible & Church History — Selected Bibliography

Auto­cephaly, (Doc­u­ments and Com­men­tary on the auto­cephaly of the Ortho­dox Church in Amer­i­ca). Tuck­a­hoe, New York: St. Vladimir’s Sem­i­nary Press, 1971.

Cur­tiss, John Shel­ton. The Russ­ian Church and the Sovi­et State 1917–1950. Boston: Lit­tle, Brown and Com­pa­ny, 1954.

Every, George. The Byzan­tine Patri­ar­chate 451‑1204. Lon­don: S.P.C.K., 1962.

Fletch­er, William C. A Study in Sur­vival, The Church in Rus­sia, 1927–1943. Lon­don: S.P.C.K., 1965.

Latourette, Ken­neth Scott. A His­to­ry of Chris­tian­i­ty. New York: Harp­er & Broth­ers, 1953.

Meyen­dorff, John. The Ortho­dox Church. New York: Pan­theon Books, 1962.

Ostro­gorsky, George. His­to­ry of the Byzan­tine State. New Brunswick, New Jer­sey: Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1957.

Schme­mann, Alexan­der. The His­tor­i­cal Road of East-ern Ortho­doxy. New York: Holt, Rine­hart and Win­ston, 1963.

Struve, Niki­ta. Chris­tians in Con­tem­po­rary Rus­sia. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1967.

Swan, Jane. A Biog­ra­phy of Patri­arch Tikhon. Jor­danville, New York: Holy Trin­i­ty Monastery, 1964.

Ushi­maru, Pro­clus Yasuo. Bish­op Inno­cent — Founder of Amer­i­can Ortho­doxy. Bridge­port, Conn.: Met­ro­pol­i­tan Coun­cil Pub­li­ca­tions Com­mit­tee, 1964.

Ware, Tim­o­thy (Father Kallis­tos). The Ortho­dox Church. Bal­ti­more, Mary­land: Pen­guin Books, 1964.

Zer­nov, Nico­las. The Rus­sians and Their Church. Lon­don: S.P.C.K., 1964.