The Orthodox Church in America has shipped 276 copies of the new edition of the Orthodox Study Bible to Russia for distribution in theological academies and monasteries in Russia and Ukraine.
“Several years ago, approximately $65,000.00 was raised in the OCA’s ‘Bibles for Russia’ special appeal,” said OCA treasurer, Priest Michael Tassos. “In September 2008, with the assistance of the representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Moscow Patriarchate, Archimandrite Zacchaeus, an amount of approximately $40,000.00 was transferred to the Russian Bible Society in response to their request that the OCA help fund a project of printing Bibles translated into the Chuvash language.”
In consultation with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, a portion of the remaining sum in the “Bibles for Russia” fund has been used to purchase copies of the Orthodox Study Bible for theological libraries in Russia and Ukraine.
“Fr. Zaccheus has informed us the theological academies in St. Petersburg and Kyiv are particularly excited about having this resource available to their faculty and students,” Fr. Michael noted.
“Once the Study Bibles have been shipped and we have the exact figures of what remains in the account,” Fr. Michael said, “we will determine how to use the rest of the funds to support the publication and/or dissemination of the Holy Scriptures in Russia.”