Holy Tradition and The Bible

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The source of authority for the Orthodox Christian Faith is Holy Tradition, of which the most important part is Holy Scripture (the New and the Old Testaments).

  • The Old Testament contains pre-history and traditions leading up to the life of Christ, much of which prefigures His life and work.
  • The New Testament reveals the human and divine nature of Jesus Christ and His sacred teachings, which we are charged to follow.
  • Holy Tradition includes: Scripture; the writings, teachings, and acts of the apostles, saints, martyrs, and fathers of the Church; the Church’s liturgical and sacramental traditions throughout the ages; the oral tradition of the early Church; and the decisions of the Seven Ecumenical Councils.nicaea