The Very Rev. Dr. Paul Nadim Tarazi, in whose honor former students founded the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies, retired from teaching this year after forty-four years of service at St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary, Holy Cross School of Theology, and the St. John of Damascus Theological Institute in Balamand, Lebanon. Even into the final years of his illustrious career Fr. Paul remained extremely active, having published during that time no fewer than ten books and a two-volume set of audio commentaries covering the entire Bible.
As many as thirty former students gathered from around the world this year to attend Fr. Paul's final class at St. Vladimir's Seminary and to honor him at a special retirement dinner. They were joined by his brother Nouhad, who traveled from Lebanon, his daughter Reem, and his youngest son, Bassam.
Fr. Paul's unparalleled zeal for the Bible continues unabated in his retirement. He is currently completing work on the Chrysostom Bible Commentary series, with forthcoming books on Ephesians, James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude. He is also translating his comprehensive audio commentaries on the Bible into Arabic--a labor of love for the sake of his mother church in Antioch, offered in the hope of bringing solace to Christians in the Middle East during these difficult times.
Fr. Paul's retirement is a great loss for students of the Bible, however, his growing collection of writings and the continued work of OCABS will remain to serve future generations seeking the light of God's instruction.