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Annual General Assembly of Diocese of Bombay postponed from 28th November to 14th December

H.G, Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan of Bombay has informed that the Annual Diocesan General Body Meeting of the Diocese scheduled on 28th November is postponed to 14th December, 2015 (Monday) with the Agenda given below, at 10.30 a.m at Vashi Aramana, under the Presidentship of the Diocesan Metropolitan.


  1. Prayer&Welcome Speech
  2. To read the notice Kalpana
  3. Presidential Address
  4. To read and Confirm the minutes of the previous Meeting
  5. To discuss the matters arising out of the minutes
  6. To present and pass the Annual Report
  7. To present the internal and the Statutory Auditors reports
  8. To consider and adopt the accounts for the year 2014-2015
  9. To appoint the Internal Auditor for the year 2015-16
  10. To appoint the Statutory Auditors for the year 2015-16
  11. Implementation of new Pension/Medical/ for priests as per salary commission report 2013.
  12. To discuss the Episcopal Golden Jubilee of the Late Lamented H.G.Dr.Philipose Mar Theophilus and 40th Anniversary of the Diocese of Bombay
  13. To discuss the implementation of salary yearly increment 5% increase of salary quota.
  14. To discuss the vision and mission of the Diocese and mentally challenged children project at Roha.
  15. To discuss and decide the Tithe collection
  16. Progress and development of MOCCB
  17. Any other matter with the permission of the Chair
  18. Vote of Thanks
  19. Prayer and Benediction.

The representatives elected from the Parishes to the Diocesan Assembly along with the Vicars are advised to attend the meeting on time. The Priests meeting scheduled to be held on 14th December is preponed on28th November. All priests are requested to attend the meeting on time.

Know our sweet Holy Bible..

orthodox2Many people do not know that there is an essential difference between the Protestant Bible and the Original Bible (The Orthodox Bible). The Orthodox Bible contains 73  books, divided is among the Old and New Testaments.

How many books are in the Old Testament?

There are 46 books in the Old Testament. Among these 46, 39 books are written in Hebrew and remaining 7 Deutro-Canonical books are written in Greek.

Why the Protestant Bible has only 39 Old Testament Books?

The term Old Testament is coined bt the Christians and it indicates the Bible of Jews. During the time of Jesus there were two types of Jews based on their cultural heritage. One group had its base in Palatine and they used the Hebrew Bible. Acouncil of Rabbis (Teachers of Jews) held in Jamnia completed the Canon of this Bible only in AD 90. This Bible had only 39 books which is the reason why the Bible used by the Protestant doesnot include the seven books mentioned above

Why the Original Bible contains 46 Old Testament Books?

A great number of Jews lived in the different parts of the Roman Empire outside Palestine. Alexandria was their cultural centre and they used Greek as their language for communication. It can be seen that the new generation of Malayalees who are living outside Kerala, who are using English or Hindi, instead of Malayalam. The Bible of Jews was prepared in Greek language during the reighn of King Ptolemy II (285-247 BCE). This was called the Septuagint, which means Seventy in Greek, because of the seventy people who were engaged in its formation.

What are the specialties of Septuagint ?

It is the oldest translation of Old Testament. It was not merely a Greek transalation of the Hebrew Bible, Instead it had three changes in comparison with the Hebrew Bible:

  1. It contained 7 additional books namely, 1-2 Maccabees, Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Bara Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon.
  2. There were some additions and changes in the books like Esther and Daniel.
  3. The order of books in Septuagint was different from that of the Hebre Bible. For eample, II Chronicles was the last book of the Hebrew Bible. The numbering of Psalms was also different in the Septuagint.

What was the Bible (OT Books) used by Jesus and his disciples?

None of the books of the New Testament was written during the time of Jesus; the Bible, which was used, was that of Jews. Once the new scriptures were written by the Early Christians, the Church reffered to it as the Old Testament rather than the Hebrew Bible of the Palestinian Jews. Since the Canon of the Hebrew Bible was finalized only in 90AD there is every reason to conclude that Septuagint was used during that time. Moreover, the modern researchers have proved that the new Testament writers like  St Matthew and St Paul quoted not from the Hebrew Bible but from the Septuagint. It means the Bible used by Jesus and his disciples has 46 books.

Is the Bible containing the unbroken word of God?

Yes the original Bible (Orthodox Bible) contains the unbroken word of God. But not the Protestant Bible.For them the divine revelation came to a stand still period of 400 years, from Malachi (400 BCE) the last prophetical voice of the Old Testament to John the Baptist who broke the prophetical silence. Our problem is: Can this be true? If our Bible should contain the unbroken Word of God from the Beginning of the World (Genesis) towards the End of the World (Book of Revelation) how can there be a silence of 400 years?  

Why the Deutrocanonical Books are considered as scriptural texts?

Deutro canonical books makes a good bridge between Old and the New Testament. They tell us how God interacted with His people during the inter-testamental period of 400 years. We also understand the Judaism of the time of Jesus in a better way if we read those books.

Which is the official Bible of Orthodox Church of India?

The Orthodox Church of India considers the Syriac Peshitta version as its Bible. This was originated in the Aramaic –speaking world of the Jews of in the dawn of the modern age. The word Peshitta means “simple” and the version was more or less same as Septuagint in content. That is why we teach the 46 Old Testament books and include the seven books in our liturgical lfe.  

How many books are in the New Testament?

There are 27 books in the New Testament.

What does “testament” mean?

Testament means “covenant” or “contract.”

Who wrote the Bible?

Holy Spirit is the real author of the Bible.The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.

Which single author contributed the most books to the Old Testament?

Moses. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible.

Which single author contributed the most books to the New Testament?

The Apostle Paul, who wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.

When was the Bible written?

It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ).

What is the oldest book in the Old Testament?

Many scholars agree that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written by an unknown Israelite about 1500 B.C. Others hold that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) are the oldest books in the Bible, written between 1446 and 1406 B.C.

Which is the last book in the  Hebrew Old Testament?

The book of Malachi, written about 400 B.C.

What is the oldest book of the New Testament?

Probably the book of James, written as early as A.D. 45.

What is the youngest book in the New Testament?

The Book of Revelation is the youngest book of the New Testament, written about 95 A.D.

What languages was the Bible written in?

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek.

When was the Bible canonized?

The entire New Testament as we know it today, was canonized before the year 375 A.D.  As far as the Canon of the New Testament is concerned, all the Churches in the East and West follow the list prepared by St.Athanasuis of Alexandria, an Orthodox Bishop and the stalwart of the Council of Nicea in his Easter letter of AD 327. It put an end to the disputes between Eastern and Western Churches concerning the content of the New Testament and it was established that 27 books from St Mathew to the Book of Revelation would form the New Testament.The Old Testament had previously been canonized long before the advent of Christ.

What does “canon” mean?

The contents of the Bible are known as the Canon in its technical sense.”Canon” is derived front the Greek word “Kanon,” signifying a measuring rod. Thus, to have the Bible “canonized” meant that it had been measured by the standard or test of divine inspiration and authority. It became the collection of books or writings accepted by the apostles and leadership of the early Christian church as a basis for Christian belief. It is the standard by which all Christians throughout the ages live and worship.

When was the first translation of the Bible made into English?

1382 A.D., by John Wycliffe.

When was the Bible printed?

The Bible was printed in 1454 A.D. by Johannes Gutenberg who invented the “type mold” for the printing press. It was the first book ever printed.

What is the oldest almost-complete manuscript of the Bible now in existence?
The Codex Vaticanus, which dates from the first half of the fourth Century. It is located in the library of the Vatican in Rome. There are older fragments of the Bible that are still preserved however– the oldest being a tiny scrap of the Gospel of John was found in Egypt, dating back to the beginning of the second century. (It is currently in the Rayland’s Library in Manchester, England).

What is the longest book in the Bible?

The book of Psalms.

What is the shortest book in the Bible?

2 John.

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 119

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 117

What is the longest verse in the Bible?

Esther 8:9

What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

John 11:35

Which book in the Bible does not mention the word “God?”

The book of Esther.

Who was the oldest man that ever lived?

Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).

Who does the Bible say was the meekest man in the Bible (not including Jesus)?

Moses (Numbers 12:3).

How many languages has the Bible been translated into?

The Holy Bible has been translated into 2,018 languages, with countless more partial translations, and audio translations (for unwritten languages). (This is an enormous amount of In comparison, Shakespeare, considered by many to be the master writer of the English language, has only been translated into 50 languages.)

Is the Bible still the best-selling book in the world?

Yes, indeed!

I hope these questions and answers help u to know our sweet bible..

Save it and share to many..

So open the Bible

Read the Bible

Meditate the Bible

And to become a Holy Bible.

Lets be Bible lover

The 113th Sacred Feast of St. Gregorios and 32nd Parish feast of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Dehu Road, Pune


Akhila Malankara Orthodox Buskiyoma Association Zonal conference

Akhila Malankara Orthodox Buskiyoma Association Zonal conference will be held at Halol School, Baroda on November 11th and 12th 2015.
All Buskiyomos and Achens are requested to attend the same.  You may contact Vaidhika Sangham  Secretary on or before 5th November to make necessary arrangements .  This is issued as per the instruction of Thirumeni.
Your’s Borther in Christ.
Diocesan Secretary