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The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version Hardcover – March 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0195289619 ISBN-10: 0195289617 Edition: Fourth Edition

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Fourth Edition edition (March 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195289617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195289619
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.6 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Michael Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College and Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. He has also taught at Harvard University, Boston College, Wellesley College, Fordham University, and the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and has participated in and directed archaeological excavations in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Egypt. He is the author of Old Testament text books and The Old Testament VSI.

Marc Z. Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University.

Carol Newsom is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Pheme Perkins is Professor of Theology at Boston College.

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The physical quality of the book takes a step forward from previous editions.
David deSilva
Just read the writings of Polycarp and Justin Martyr extremely early examples among many.
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Thank you so much for the New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha; New REvised Standard Version.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By David deSilva on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just received copies of the New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha, which is an excerpt of the larger NOAB, 4th edition. I was very pleased with this newest release in a long, distinguished history of Oxford Study Bibles. The physical quality of the book takes a step forward from previous editions. The pages are of a thicker stock, and therefore almost opaque and easy to handle. This is a great improvement on previous editions of the NOA Apocrypha, which used the "onion skin" paper for which Bibles are famous. The font and layout have been well designed to allow for more "white space" on the page to aid reading. The shift to paragraph-style annotations rather than the two-column format is a visual improvement. The fonts are smaller than the third edition that I had been using (the original Murphy-Metzger 3rd edition, not the augmented 3rd), and that's never a good thing with my particular set of eyes.

The annotations are more generous than in previous editions, and I regard this as a great step forward. I used to recommend the HarperCollins Study Bible over the NOAB to my students for this reason, but I think that will now change. In the interest of fair disclosure, I am prejudiced toward this edition, having contributed the introduction and annotations to 4 Maccabees (does anyone out there ever really read 4 Maccabees?). But I stand in much more distinguished company. Three of the authors of annotations are immediately recognized as "deans" of Second Temple Judaism and its literature -- John Collins on 3 Maccabees, Lester Grabbe on Wisdom of Solomon, and Daniel Harrington on Ben Sira.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dave Kinsella on March 16, 2012
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There seems to be some confusion regarding the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha are the collection of books (usually between 7-15 depending how you count them and which canon you use), that the early Church used without controversy. They do not include Gnostic texts such as the Gospel of Mary.

When St. Jerome came on the scene he began to question these books because they were missing from the Jewish Canon. But if you look back in history Justin Martyr says that the Jews removed them deliberately because they spoke so clearly of Jesus. Whether that is true is up for debate, but what it illustrates is that the earlier witness was that these books belonged in the Bible. Wisdom of Solomon ch.2 12-20 for example is one of the clearest Messianic prophecies in the whole of the OT. It was not until Luther that these books were seriously considered for elimination once again. He could not remove them altogether a this would have caused an uproar so he moved to the center between the Testaments and then around 1890 they were removed completely by the Bible Societies for economic reasons.

Jesus and the Apostles quoted or at least alluded to these books numerous times. And the argument that the NT writers never mentions them wouldn't stand anyway since if that was the criteria of an inspired OT book, Esther would have to be excluded too. Also these books are included in Septuagint (the Greek version of the OT which was translated about 300 or so years before Christ). And the Septuagint is the Bible most NT writers quote from, not the Masoretic which the KJV is based on. Hebrews 10:5 is THE example for this. Check the OT link in your modern Protestant Bible is does not say "A body thou hast prepared for me", it says "Mine ears thou hast opened".
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joy on May 23, 2013
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Very well done. The only warning I would give is that the annotation is not from a faith perspective like some annotated biblical texts are so if you are looking for Christian faith perspective maybe find a different version but this is worth reading regardless for the historical and factual annotations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joe on November 1, 2012
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A very scholarly edition with footnotes and a lengthy introduction to each of the items in the apocrypha that helped to understand authorship and social/historical context.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann Wheeler on May 31, 2013
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This volume is terrific--exactly what I was looking for. The introductory portions are pertinent and understandable, and the annotations as well. This is the perfect complement to my study bible which does not include the apocrypha.
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By Evan Wolf on October 18, 2014
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So much easier carrying the Kindle edition rather than a huge book! Several of my Bible Study class have bought this since I showed them mine.
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By Sandra Gowan on October 11, 2014
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A great addition to my library. So thankful for this edition. Easy to read.
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By tdm on February 27, 2015
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Looking forward to reading this and interweaving it in my Bible studies
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Michael Coogan is Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School and Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. He has also taught at Stonehill College, Boston College, Wellesley College, Fordham University, and the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and has participated in and directed archaeological excavations in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Egypt. He is the author of Old Testament text books and The Old Testament VSI.
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