Canon

The Canon of the Scriptures used by the
Ancient Orthodox Church of Jerusalem

The Pshitta (Aramaic Peshitta) and the Septuagint (Greek LXX) are the standard Scriptures of the Ancient Orthodox Church of Jerusalem. This includes what is commonly called the “Old Testament”, “Old Testament Apocrypha” and the “New Testament.”

The “Apocrypha”, also called the Deuterocanonical books, differ somewhat in the Pshitta and the Septuagint. Some works of Josephus appear in the Pshitta. The books of 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation appear in later editions of the New Testament Pshitta. The Church accepts these books to a degree, as long as they do not conflict with previously revealed Scriptures. We consider these as being “New Testament Apocryphal Works.”

The Didache is accepted by the Church as canonical Scripture.

Currently there is no officially endorsed translation of the Pshitta. Some that are suggested include the Spanish or Portuguese Biblia Peshitta, and James Murdock’s and John Etheridges’ translations of the New Testament in English. The most common version of the Septuagint (LXX) in English is that of Brenton and the Orthodox Study Bible.

The following are used for reference, but have no official endorsement from the Church: Orthodox Study Bible (Old and New Testament), Reina-Valera, Christian Standard Bible, American Standard Version.