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Lutheran Study Bible Hardcover – March 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2112 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Books (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806680598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806680590
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Monaghan on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I confess I was a bit disappointed when I received this new Bible because I had been expecting more substance. The helps and commentary are quite limited and elementary, and more subjectively opinionated than academic. And there is no cross-referencing between OT texts quoted in the NT, or any cross-referencing system at all for that matter. One positive result is that there is a lot of blank space on most pages for my own notes. With the (sometimes condescending) reflection questions next to the text, this Bible to me is more of a devotional Bible. And sorry, but the pastel blue cover color is a bit too feminine for my comfort. And the pastel blue lettering inside for titles and sub-titles is too light to be read comfortably. For someone looking for a solid NRSV Study Bible, I believe they would be better served by the New Oxford Annotated Bible, or the Harper-Collins Study Bible. Sorry, but only three stars.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The best parts of Lutheran Study Bible are the essays which deal with how Luther read the Bible and how we, in turn, read and interpret it. In Mary Jane Haemig's essay on Luther and the Bible, she quotes Luther's statement "Christ's teaching should be orally continued giving no command that it should be written". Luther saw the introduction of the mechanically printed Bibles, and considered the need for the printed word to be `a serious decline and a lack of the Spirit which necessity forced upon us...' I am profoundly with Luther on this point, which is why Bible Study, the weekly lectionary readings and the weekly sermon are my most effective paths to spirituality. This is also why this `Book of Life' initiative is important to Lutherans.
The edition is oriented to those who take the lectio divina road to Bible reading. Nothing shows this more clearly than A Short Guide to Personal Bible Reading on page 1553. I am not, however, fond of its suggestion for marking passages in the Bible with a pen or pencil. (If you are inclined to do this, I strongly suggest you get The New Inductive Study Bible, which is designed explicitly for marking up with colors). The Lutheran provides a good Bible reading plan, in the form of a lectionary. For the browser, it has lists of `stories' which would be useful for reading to children and a number of sidebars within the text.
And yet, this edition fell short of my expectations. It does not include the deuterocanonical books. This is surprising, because the Lutheran has almost as many pages and weighs almost as much as NRSV study Bibles which do include these `apocryphal' books. This is relevant because I handed it to one of my students who could use a new Bible, and it was literally too heavy for her to hold.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RYAN on May 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite Bibles because it is NRSV, which is a very faithful translation, and has some of good Lutheran background--I just wish there was more. The study notes are great but is a bit too brief. It's also great at meeting people on all levels--from beginners to life-long Bible studiers (which is very important according to Luther).
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kates on September 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
First off, no study bible is perfect. The best option is to have access to as many different study bibles as possible, since all of them have strengths and weaknesses. If you can have only one, I'd still choose the HarperCollins Study Bible as the one to beat, but the Lutheran Study Bible is a great addition.

It's a bit hard to read the font, which is small in spite of the heft of this book. I'm still adjusting to the book names and chapters being on the bottom of the page - but that's much more about my natural resistance to change than any fault of the designers.

What makes this study bible worthwhile are the articles it includes on particularly Lutheran insights on hermeneutics, theology, and general biblical study. They're well done: thought-provoking, unapologetically Lutheran (in my opinion, anyway), and a very helpful middle ground between fundamentalist/literal readings and who-cares-it's-all-made-up-anyway apathy. The softcover version is a better deal: more affordable and lighter. And better for banging on the pulpit when you're at a weak point in the sermon.

Overall: well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Todd on November 11, 2011
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Very informative sections at the beginning of each book with History and time book was written. Good study bible and good bible to read for information ie: you can look up different times in the year and also times of life of the bible. This is just an excellent bible for a study group or individual reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Calhoun on December 4, 2012
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I bought this Study Bible for my wife on her birthday. Fortunately I also bought her an hour-long massage at a local massage shop (she was pregnant at the time) and avoided complete disappointment. Note to men out there: A study bible is probably not a great gift idea. For my wife it just made her feel guilty that she doesn't read the Bible enough.

Anyway, the Lutheran Study Bible is simply disappointing as a study bible. Compared to other study bibles there are relatively few study notes. There are many pages on which you will not find a single study note or only one study note. There are no cross-references, no parallel passages, no concordance, only a few maps, charts, figures, and essays. The essays ARE helpful for explaining Lutheran concepts and approaches to Bible scholarship and study, which you won't find in evangelical-oriented study bibles.

The stereotype amongst Evangelical Christians is that ELCA Lutherans are weak in their knowledge of scripture and uncommitted to a close reading of the text. Unfortunately this study bible perpetuates that stereotype.
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