St Anthony of the Desert

Orthodox Christian Mission

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Fr Gabriel

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Why study the Old Testament?

The simple and short answer to the title question is: We study the Old Testament because we cannot understand the New Testament without it. In fact, we will make a lot of mistakes in understanding the New Testament and particularly the central figure of Jesus without understanding the culture, religion, and milieu of the people of Israel through his time and beyond.


Sources of Tradition in the Orthodox Church

Tradition is the life of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Through the assistance of the forms of the Tradition the Orthodox Church retains and celebrates its living continuity with the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Tradition’s sources include: