The Journal of OCABS

The Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies (JOCABS) promotes scholarship in biblical studies, homiletics, and religious education among Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Christians around the world.

Although submissions in English are preferred thus ensuring greater accessibility, academic papers in other languages (especially Arabic, Armenian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, and Spanish) will be considered by our multi-lingual editorial board and its international associates.

Articles may be submitted in the following areas:

Old Testament and Cognate Studies. Including (but not limited to) critical studies in Hebrew Bible; Septuagint; Pseudepigrapha; Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture; Syro-Palestinian Archaeology. 

New Testament and Cognate Studies. Including (but not limited to) critical studies in New Testament; Early Christian Literature; Apocryphal Literature and Traditions; Classical Studies; Archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

The Bible in Homiletics and Christian Education. Including theoretical and methodological studies dedicated to the practical applications of biblical scholarship to both preaching and pedagogy.

Book Reviews. Submissions of critical reviews of books related to the field of biblical studies will be accepted and invited.

Recent Issues

Vol 10, No 1 (2017)

“Shall we, then, be baptized for the dead?”: An Answer to the Problem of 1 Corinthians 15:29 and Vicarious Baptism

Rev. Fr. Joshua Schooping

Sin of Apostasy and Militarism in Hosea

Richard C. Benton, Jr.

Vol 9, No 1 (2016)

Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia

Very Rev. Dr. Paul Nadim Tarazi

The Quest for Mark’s Sources: An Exploration of the Case for Mark’s Use of First Corinthians
Thomas P. Nelligan, Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2015

Review by Tom Dykstra

The Gospel of Matthew within the New Testament Canon

Very Rev. Dr. Paul Nadim Tarazi

Vol 8, No 1 (2015)

A Tale of Two Baptisms: Ritual and Social Order in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

Stephen Richard Turley    

Noi perspective privind autenticitatea epistolei 2 Petru 

Cătălin Varga    

Ehrman and Brodie on Whether Jesus Existed: A Cautionary Tale about the State of Biblical Scholarship  

Tom Dykstra

Vol 7, No 1 (2014) 

The Pain of Victory: The Identity of the Pierced One in Zechariah 12:10 

Richard C. Benton, Jr.    

The Crucified Christ: Paul’s Vision of Pastoral Ministry

William C. Mills

The Gospel of Mark: A Hypertextual Commentary

Tom Dykstra

Previous Issues

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