Priest at Greek church to lecture on 'The Bible in the Orthodox Tradition' on Sunday

LACONIA — In the ancient Christian tradition, Scripture is more than a mere recording of God's Revelation, says Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, it is a means of encountering the living God in his journey with humanity.

Father Pentiuc will deliver a special presentation entitled "The Bible in the Orthodox Tradition" at the Taxiarchai, Greek Orthodox Church here on Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

"Scripture is not simply read but rather performed during the church's liturgical services, where the believer becomes part of the biblical history," said Father Pentiuc.

His lecture is expected to take 45 minutes and time will be left to allow the audience to ask questions of him. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Social Hall following the presentation.

Father Pentiuc is the presiding priest at the local Greek Orthodox Church. He holds a Th.D in Old Testament from Bucharest University and a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He is a tenured professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages and chair of the Religious Studies department at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Mass.

Father Pentiuc is also editor-in-chief of the Orthodox Study Bible: The Old Testament with Notes and Introductions (Nelson, 2008) and the author of four books and numerous articles. He is the only Orthodox biblical scholar who was invited by Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem to contribute with a new translation and commentary on the book of Hosea for the Vatican endorsed international project, "The Bible in Its Traditions". His most recent book, "The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition", has just been released by Oxford University Press.