Pre-Revolutionary Russian Orthodox Church Shows Militant Americanists How It’s Done

In a recent comment, Peter Kirk mentioned that the Tolkovaya Bible, a remarkable Orthodox study edition of the Holy Scriptures produced in Russia on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution, was reprinted by the Institute for Bible Translation as gift of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, and the Faroe Islands) to the Russian people on the 1,000-year anniversary of Christianity in Russia (1988).

Upon hearing of this wonderful study edition, the indefatigable Kevin Edgecomb undertook an exhaustive (Google) search that turned up a website on which image files of the entire work are available and may be accessed for free. Further, PDFs of the New Testament and selected Old Testament books are available here. I was once shown, very briefly, a copy of this Bible dating from pre-Revolutionary times, but had filed the information somewhere in the far recesses of my memory. I am therefore very glad to be reminded of its existence, and simply delighted that the whole thing is available online for all to see.

Now, Peter and I seldom agree, but allow me to quote his comment on this particular as though it were my own: “Perhaps [….] Orthodox [in North America] should translate this into English rather than sending the Russians second rate resources in English.”

8 responses to “Pre-Revolutionary Russian Orthodox Church Shows Militant Americanists How It’s Done

  1. Here in practically copyright free Russia almost everything Orthodox is available online (yet books still sell like hot cakes). And for that content is generally the better engine.


  2. Many thanks for the reminder! I always forget to do a yandex search whenever looking for things in Russian.

    And greetings! I hadn’t heard from you since the LJ days of old. ;-)


  3. Thanks for agreeing with me for once! These are the same volumes which were on the shelf of the Bible translation team I used to work with – although, not being Orthodox, they didn’t use it much.

    These particular volumes, being nearly a century old, are probably out of copyright even under western laws.


  4. Incendiarious> My goodness! Well, congratulations in order (though belatedly); best wishes to you and the Mrs. :-)

    Peter> Well, grab on to your chair, because I'm about to agree with you some more in another post! ;-)

    Ah, copyright law haven! The temptation to translate (at least some of) this grows stronger…


  5. Yes, in the US a copyright, if there are no heirs (and no corporate lawyers involved!), expires 50 years from the copyright date of the work. The Tolkovaya Biblia is in the clear.


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