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Harper Study Bible: Revised Standard Version Hardcover – June, 1971

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2080 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (June 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310941008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310941002
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R.G. Jones on October 18, 2014
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The Harper Study Bible, Revised Standard Version (RSV) is an evangelical study bible with several attractive features. The black letter text is in a single column about 93 mm wide, with a highly readable (approximately 10 point) font. Pronunciation symbols are provided for place and proper names (through the use of Long Primer pronouncing type). Cross references are in the 26 mm outside margin. The inner edge of the text is 12 mm from the gutter. The book features a sewn binding. The pages lie flat and are easy to turn. Even though my copy was printed in April 1978, the paper is white and clean. Dimensions are 222 x 150 x 50 mm (8.75 x 5.9 x 2 inches). This layout is somewhat thicker than is common in more modern Bibles, but I like it. It feels much more comfortable in my hand than a thinline.

Harold Lindsell’s notes are well written and, compared to the English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible, relatively sparse. His tone is irenic when dealing with controversial issues. For instance, while his note at Revelation 20.2 indirectly reveals his preference for premillennialism, he states: “The issues at stake are not ones that should divide Christians.”

The Harper Study Bible RSV includes an eleven-page index to annotations, a 189-page concordance to the RSV, and 16 pages of (not particularly detailed) color maps and diagrams.

The RSV is not a perfect translation, but I like the fact that it retains archaic language in Psalms and prayers, as well as the traditional distinction between “shall” and “will.” The ESV is more literal and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is more readable, but the RSV preserves more of the beauty of the Authorized Version.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Philbrick on October 15, 2013
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While not having as much commentary as many other study bibles, the Harper RSV Study Bible has good book introductions with outlines. Also, it has a very helpful in-text outline, something often missing from other study Bibles.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Brown on May 7, 2013
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I have worked with this type of Bible for 52 years. I was presenting this one to a new Bible student who liked my old Bible. I think harper Study Bibles are very easy for adult students to use. They have lots of textual information in them as well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John C. Hendrickson on May 30, 2014
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In terms of actual perfection the HSB should probably only get four stars because there are many things that could be added, and if you want an exhaustive study Bible there is always the ESV Study Bible and a few others like it. The HSB is a great study Bible in that if you want to study the Bible you can do that very successfully with this volume. Actually, you can do that very successfully with almost any translation and version of the Bible, it's just that the HSB is user-friendly for actual studying.

There are a few reasons not to get this Bible, unless you are simply a collector of study Bibles. The font, while quite readable, is not the absolutely newest in style. The biblical text is RSV which has some bias issues and has been replaced by the NRSV and the ESV. A number of readers will simply want more study Bible features than the HSB offers.

The other viewpoint on the question of study Bible features is that the strongest point of the HSB Is what it DOES and DOESN'T include. It has a fairly wide and readable single column text with side references and some study notes at the bottom of the page. If you're looking for a study Bible that helps you figure out "what a verse means to me today" it won't help. Similarly, if you have become dependent on a Bible with a built-in verse by verse commentary, and I'm not criticizing you this is what you're used to, this doesn't have it. The study notes do alert the reader to key themes in the Bible some of which may be new to you and it also presents differing interpretive approaches to major theological issues in the Bible. Examples of this last point are differing views of creation, redemption, the NT on Israel, major differing and-times options (pre-, post-,a-), baptismal views, etc.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Kelley on October 25, 2014
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been looking for one to replace one I lost. in very good condition, thanks
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