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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1616 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Box Lea edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687645034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687645039
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Feeling most at home behind a pulpit, Bishop William H. Willimon’s deepest calling is to be a preacher and truth-teller of Jesus Christ. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School and retired Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, after serving for 20 years as faculty member and Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. He continues to give lectures and teach at universities around the world. Willimon earned a doctoral degree from Emory University and has been honored with 13 additional doctorates. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

A study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Willimon is one of the most widely read authors among mainline Protestant pastors. An international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the "Twelve Most Effective Preachers" in the English-speaking world. With over a million copies of more than 60 books sold, his popularity is undeniable.

Joel B. Green is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a General Editor of the Wesley Study Bible and the Common English Bible and lives in Pasadena, California.

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As a Methodist this bible helps me understand Wesley and my faith more.
Corey
The imitation leather cover and the ribbon bookmark make this bible lovely, and it comes with a very nice presentation box.
Try
Purchased it used and was very pleased with packaging and condition of bible.
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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Martin P. Hunter on February 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
My first impressions of this new study bible (just got it today) are quite positive. Physically, the binding is a surprisingly supple and attractive leatherette for the price. The bible is a nice size, with large pages and not too thick. It lays nicely in the lap or hand for reading. The typography inside is nothing exciting, but clean and readable. There are lots of color maps at the back and an index to the two kinds of special notes (described below). Alas, I already noticed a typo in the introduction to Matthew.

I have several other study bibles, from the NIV study bible (my favorite because of its charts, references, and resources) to the NLT study bible (also lots of goodies, a little more conservative) to various NRSV study bibles (often overly academic or liberal). This Wesley Study Bible seems to be aimed a little differently. In the tradition of John Wesley's own notes on the bible, the editors and contributors have provided an academically solid, yet practical commentary aimed squarely at working preachers and the folks in the pews.

There are three types of notes: (1) Running footnotes at the bottom of each page which do a verse-by-verse job highlighting important points in scripture and quickly explaining their significance. These often refer to other scriptures, tracing important themes throughout the bible. Occasional references are made to John Wesley's own sermon and notes. (2) Pull-out boxes for Wesleyan Core Terms such as "prevenient grace" - the grace of God which enables us poor sinners to freely respond to God's offer of salvation. (3) Life Application Topic pull-outs which are mini sermons or devotions on topics like mercy, service, true riches, and the wages of sin.

The scholarship is pretty middle-of-the-road (as was Wesley).
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Try on September 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was required to buy this study Bible as a textbook for my Methodist Doctrine class at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and I am glad that I was. If I had not been required to buy this book, I might not have decided to spend the money on another NRSV Bible, and therefore would have lost out!

First, the good:
1. The imitation leather cover and the ribbon bookmark make this bible lovely, and it comes with a very nice presentation box. The binding lays flat no matter what page the Bible is opened to. Note to Abingdon: Future editions of The United Methodist Book of Worship should be bound in this way.
2. The cost is low for a study Bible, especially one of this quality.
3. The notes give attention both to critical study of the origins of the Scriptures and to the theological interpretation of the text in its final form. In addition to the "standard" notes, text boxes provide additional notes on "life application topics" and "Wesleyan Key Terms". The notes are detailed enough to be of use to clergy in sermon preperation, but simple enough to be readable by any layperson with a high-school education. The notes presume no prior theological knowledge.
4. This study Bible is based on the NRSV translation, which I consider the best among all the current translations of the Bible. It is accurate, readable, and inclusive- the translators used the same "as literal as possible, as dynamic as necessary" approach to translation that the translators of the NIV used, but they did it right! Essentially, the NRSV paid translates passages speaking about human beings in a way that makes it clear that they apply to both men and women.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tony Crosby on March 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a United Methodist pastor, it is exciting to see this Bible being recieved so well. I feared that this Bible might be too "scholarly" for the general congregational population but I have been pleasantly surprised to see that the study notes have been written for the average reader. It is wonderful to have a Bible with study notes that are steeped in the Wesleyan theological tradition that are accessible to most readers. I am recommending this Bible from the pulpit of my church and will continue to do what I can to get this Bible into the hands of as many folks as I can. I have studied personally with some of the contributors to this Bible and am looking forward to discovering all that it has to offer in the years to come.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Collins on December 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you ask my wife, I have a "Bible fetish." I have too many Bibles and really did not need anymore, but I was intrigued by the thought of having a Wesley Study Bible to use since I am inundated with Reformed doctrine in many of the study Bibles already in my possession. First off, this is a great study Bible with extensive notes. I read in a review that the terms in the back do not have page numbers but are only listed according to Book. Well, in the newest edition they come with page numbers. The Bible does not have a cross-reference column which is no big deal for me seeing as I use many Bible when I'm doing a study (and you're bound to have at least one Bible with a cross-reference that you can use). Personally, what gives this Bible a perfect score is its composition and binding. I am stickler for binding and the way the Bible feels in my hands and the way it is held. This Bible, by far, is the best Bible I own when it comes to binding and feel. Usually with my previous Bibles, even when new, I would have to have them re-binded because it was weak. Not with this one. Great binding, great look, not too big and not too small. This is my Bible of choice and will certainly be using this as my primary Bible. HIGHLY recommended.

Oh yeah, I am not a Methodist either. I do not really belong to any denomination and the study notes are still applicable and well-thought out in my opinion. This Bible is not just for Wesleyans/Methodists. If you a nondenominational, or what have you, have no fear. This Bible is perfect for everyone coming from the Arminian viewpoint.
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