Reading from the End, Looking Forward

John Behr* (Corresponding Author)

*Corresponding author for this work

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A consideration of the way in which the Scriptures are used in Orthodox Liturgy, the history of how the proclamation of the gospel, “in accordance with the Scriptures (OT),” led to the writings of the Apostle and then the composition of the gospels, and the hermeneutics implied in this, leads to the conclusion that something like a perspectival or paradigm shift is required in our mental framework when reading Scripture, from that implied and imposed by the notion of the “Bible” divided into the Old Testament and the New covering separate temporal periods, both in the past, leading also to a more dynamic and immediate understanding of God’s activity of creation and the coming of the Christ.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of the Bible in Orthodox Christianity
EditorsEugen Pentiuc
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780190948658
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2022


  • bible
  • Scripture
  • Apocalyptic
  • hermeneutics
  • Liturgy


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