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Holy Cross Professor Working on The Bible of the Twenty-First Century

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, was invited to be a team leader in an exciting new annotated translation of the book of Hosea by the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem. 

The Fr. Pentiuc-led Hosea project is a major contribution to a new, multimedia Study Bible project called The Bible in Its Traditions (BEST). With the blessing of the Vatican, BEST will be the successor to the Jerusalem Bible, one of the most acclaimed Study Bibles of the 21st century.

Fr. Pentiuc will assemble a select group of biblical scholars to assist him with translation and exhaustive annotations in Jerusalem from July to September, 2013. He is the only Orthodox biblical scholar to lead the translation of an entire book.

"This is a great honor for Holy Cross and for our Church," said interim Holy Cross Dean James Skedros. "This project has an enormous scope that will bring together biblical scholarship from throughout history and from many different confessions – Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish. Never before has anyone attempted anything of this scope or using these new media tools."

The Bible in Its Traditions, already dubbed 'The Bible of the Twenty-First Century', will be launched online as each book is finished. There will be tiered levels of access to notes and secondary material for the public and for scholars. This enormous undertaking will be completed by 2025.

For more information and useful samples regarding this project, visit www.bibest.org. For press inquiries about Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc and this work, please contact Josh Cole, Manager of Marketing and Communications, at jcole [at] hchc.edu.