The Religion of the Apostles: Orthodox Christianity in the First Century

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by Stephen De Young

Father Dr. Stephen De Young traces the lineage of Orthodox Christianity back to the faith and witness of the apostles, which was rooted in a first-century Jewish worldview. The Religion of the Apostles presents the Orthodox Christian Church of today as a continuation of the religious life of the apostles, which in turn was a continuation of the life of the people of God since the beginning of creation.

About the Author: Father Stephen De Young is the pastor of Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church (Antiochian) in Lafayette, Louisiana. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Amridge University and is the host of The Whole Counsel of God podcast and co-host of the Lord of Spirits podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. He is also the author of The Whole Counsel Blog on the Ancient Faith Ministries website. For years Fr. Stephen has been teaching the Bible by taking ideas current in biblical scholarship and explaining them to laypeople to make both those ideas and the Scriptures more accessible.

Praise for The Religion of the Apostles:

“This book delves into contemporary scholarship on the religious beliefs of the Judaism of the Second Temple period. It sheds light on the ways that evangelists and the apostles understood the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ and how the authors of the New Testament framed their narratives to communicate the very same Faith expressed later in the history of the Church. While challenging at times, this work opens new ways to read and understand the Old and New Testaments as well as our liturgical worship. These new ways always point to the wider Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church. I welcome this work by Fr. Stephen and hope that readers will gain a fuller and deeper appreciation of the 'faith once and for all delivered to the saints.'" - +Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

"In the twenty-fourth chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel we are told how Cleopas and his companion were met by the risen Christ while walking to Emmaus. In the ensuing conversation we are told how Jesus 'explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about Himself' (Luke 24:27). This passage, together with the event of the descent of the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost, has been taken by the Church to indicate that from those events forward, the apostles had a complete and coherent Faith to pass on for the conversion of the world. In contrast, much scholarship in recent times has maintained the view that instead of being whole from the beginning, Church doctrine - particularly Christology - 'developed' to its definitive statements by the Great Councils. In contrast to these claims, Fr. Stephen De Young here presents forceful arguments to show that the Faith of the apostles was indeed complete from the beginning and was simply refined to meet heretical challenges. It is well worth reading." - +Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh & Western Pennsylvania. Orthodox Church in America

"With this book, Fr. Stephen De Young is not only leading the charge for Orthodox apologetics in a world of secular biblical scholarship, but he is also doing us all a favor by reviving the cosmic frame of ancient Christians, giving hope to a jaded culture desperately looking for a re-enchanted world in which it can fully participate." - Jonathan Pageau, The Symbolic World

Author: Rev. Dr. Stephen De Young

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

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Related Media:
Podcast - Lord of Spirits
Podcast - The Whole Counsel of God
Blog - The Whole Counsel Blog


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  • 5
    Eye opening resource.

    Posted by Jim Mueller on Sep 3rd 2021

    I've only been attending Orthodox services since January. It's resources like this that just make me fall deeper and deeper in love with Orthodox Christianity and convince me of the reality that this is the true faith. A wonderful, easy to read, and eye opening resource. Answers questions I didn't even know I had.

  • 5
    Very insightful book!

    Posted by on Sep 3rd 2021

    First time reading any of his writings, but I have listened to his lectures before. This book was tremendously insightful, and would recommend also getting the audio version with it.

  • 5
    This book establishes credibility of an Orthodox Christian Worldview

    Posted by Unknown on May 20th 2021

    Coming from a Baptist/Charasmatic background, I have found this book to help provide the connective tissue I was missing between the Church, the Gospel, the Orthodox faith, and ancient worldview and ancient literature. He is systematically refuting modernism and establishing the credibility of an Orthodox Christian Worldview. I continually find that I "thought" I knew the scriptures well but it was all from a Western, scientific, modernistic mindset.

  • 5
    Should be part of any orthodox catechesis

    Posted by Fr. Maxime (Lesage) on May 20th 2021

    Fr.DeYoung brings us into the jewish tradition of the apostolic times which is essential for a correct reading and understanding of the Holy Scriptures. This text is an excellent complement to the podcast "The Lord of Spirits" and I would recommend both reading the book and listening to this podcast. Well done Father!

  • 5
    Realigning Christian Roots

    Posted by Marc Veitch on May 15th 2021

    This book is essential reading for all Western Christians who believe that their faith is sufficient to have a meaningful relationship with Yahweh. The New Covenant did not void the Law and it did not abandon the Old Covenant. The new Covenant empowers and fulfills both, through the life you live in faith. The Law prevails IN you and the blessings of the Old and the New Covenant are yours if you ACT as Christ did. The Apostles lived in the fulfillment of the Old and the New covenants. They did not abandon Judaism, rather, they shared it fulfilled, to all nations, as Yahweh had intended from the beginning.

  • 5

    Posted by Manny on May 13th 2021

    Reading "The Religion of the Apostles" has been a profound 'road to Emmaus experience' for me. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • 5
    Connects the dots

    Posted by Christopher on May 12th 2021

    A must read for any student of Scripture. Fr Stephen shows the connections between the Scriptures, Second Temple Religion and the Orthodox faith. It is written in a clear style with plenty of references to follow the train of thought. I’ll be giving a few to my friends.