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The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version [Hardcover]

by Michael D. Coogan, Marc Z. Brettler, Carol Newsom, Pheme Perkins
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March 19, 2010 0195289552 978-0195289558 4th
The premier study Bible used by scholars, pastors, undergraduate and graduate students, The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha offers a vast range of information, including extensive notes by experts in their fields; in-text maps, charts, and diagrams; supplementary essays on translation, biblical interpretation, cultural and historical background, and other general topics.

Extensively revised--half of the material is brand new--featuring a new design to enhance readability, and brand-new color maps, the Annotated Fourth Edition adds to the established reputation of this essential biblical studies resource. Many new and revised maps, charts, and diagrams further clarify information found in the Scripture text. In addition, section introductions have been expanded and the book introductions present their information in a standard format so that students can find what they need to know. Of course, the Fourth Edition retains the features prized by students, including single column annotations at the foot of the pages, in-text charts, and maps, a page number-keyed index of all the study materials in the volume, and Oxford's renowned Bible maps. This timely edition maintains and extends the excellence the Annotated's users have come to expect, bringing still more insights, information, and perspectives to bear upon the understanding of the biblical text.



· The renowned New Revised Standard Version Bible translation, the scholarly standard for study of the Bible


· Wholly revised, and greatly expanded book introductions and annotations.


· Annotations in a single column across the page bottom, paragraphed according to their boldface topical headings.


· In-text background essays on the major divisions of the biblical text.


· Essays on the history of the formation of the biblical canon for Jews and various Christian churches.


· More detailed explanations of the historical background of the text.


· More in-depth treatment of the history and varieties of biblical criticism.


· A timeline of major events in the ancient Near East.


· A full index to all of the study materials, keyed to the page numbers on which they occur.


· A full glossary of scholarly and critical terms.


· 36-page section of full color New Oxford Bible Maps, approximately 40 in-text line drawing maps and diagrams.

Classic but not stodgy, up-to-date but not trendy, The New Oxford Annotated Bible: 4th Edition is ready to serve new generations of students, teachers, and general readers.

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About the Author


Michael Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School 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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 4th edition (March 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195289552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195289558
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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575 of 582 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version has three separate ISBNs. Take a look at the following differences to help you differentiate:

ISBN 978-0195289596 is the college edition. According to Oxford University Press, this simply means that this version does not have the concordance. This will have fewer pages than the other two versions.

ISBN 978-0195289558 is the hardcover edition.

ISBN 978-0195289565 is the hardcover index edition, meaning there are little tabs on the side of each page, indicating books of the bible.

I found this information by contacting Oxford University Press Customer Service. There's a toll free number that's easily accessible. Simply use your favourite search engine to find their site, then click on their "Contact Us" link. Hope this helps people out there!
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313 of 340 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BIBLE YOU'LL NEVER USE October 14, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I LOVE the Oxford Annotated and use it along with the HarperCollins and New Interpreter's for my work in seminary and at church, and I have recommended the Oxford to literally hundreds of people. When I found out that a new edition had been released, I announced it in our church newsletter and I went ahead and bought 15, meaning to sell them to our members at cost or to give them as gifts. Why 1 star? It's because

1) THE PAPER ON WHICH IT IS PRINTED IS A BAD JOKE. Just like the New Interpreter's, you cannot open and close the thing without having the pages bend back upon themselves. The pages become crumpled with even the gentlest use.

2) CONTENT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU CANNOT READ THE PRINT. There are two factors at play here. The font is miniscule and the paper is virtually transparent. How they printed this in the first place is a miracle of science.

3) PEOPLE NEED THIS BIBLE IN THEIR HANDS. I gave this Bible to two separate people who had said that they wanted one. I asked them to be honest and let me know if they thought that they would have trouble reading it. Both of them handed their copies back to me saying "No, thank you." - even with the Church picking up half the cost.

Dear Whoever Makes These Decisions:

I work hard to convince people that they need to get a first-class, academic Study Bible. It is a hard sell because they are so bound to their "relevant", "real world", (Shall I go on?), quasi-scholarly, agenda-driven, anything but the NRSV, Devotional Bibles. Please believe me when I say that those of us who care about the wonderful work that you do are willing to carry around larger, heavier Bibles if what we get is stronger, more opaque paper, and larger fonts.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The academic standard. July 27, 2010
Format:Leather Bound
The "NOAB" has been a standard textbook in mainline seminaries for decades, and remains a leader in the rapidly-expanding world of study Bibles. This particular Bible is designed for seminary students and others interested in an historical/critical approach to the Bible, and is not a devotional Bible or a guide for life application.

This 4th edition, hot on the heels of the 2007 "Augmented 3rd" edition (my personal preference), backpedals a bit in its commentaries regarding certain controversial passages (the 3rd edition was especially criticized in this regard), but it still retains the rigorous scholarly approach and dispassionate commentary for which the NOAB has become famous. Annotations and book introductions have been expanded, and a wider variety of scholars from various religious and academic backgrounds have contributed commentaries.

The physical book is a bit smaller in proportion than previous editions, and the font size is rather small, especially in the book introductions and annotations. (The 3rd edition's typesetting and readability is far superior). The concordance, index, and essay sections have been expanded, and brand-new color maps have been included.

The leather for this edition is an improvement over the 3rd edition, and feels like a soft calfskin (The container states "Genuine Leather"). It is quite nice and feels sturdy yet flexible.

For those seeking a non-denominational, academic Bible, the NOAB remains a clear first choice. It is an outstanding guide to these ancient texts, and offers a world of Biblical knowledge and insight for its readers.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Scholarly Legacy for a half-century January 28, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the 4th ed. (2010) of a Bible tool that has become an institution in its own right(1st ed. 1962, 2nd 1977, 3rd 2001). The 3rd ed., using NRSV, was completely new, with 4 editors and 42 other contributors; this 4th ed. has 56 contributors, 28 of them new to this ed.
The unqualified Goal of this work has always been: to be academically reputable. Scholarship, not religious inspiration, is the purpose of introductions, notes, and essays. Academic institutions from around the world are represented (not listed in the book; must be searched on line). Religious affiliations range from Orthodox Protestant through Roman Catholic, Jewish, to non-affiliated. The editors maintain soberness of tone and uniformity of format. Aimed at college and university courses in Western scriptures, this is a consumate scholarly work. Its only serious competitor in this category is the Harper/Collins Study Bible.
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Since no original manuscript of any biblical book has survived, it's important to have at least some knowledge of the context in which the books we do have was written. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful study guide
This study Bible is used far more by pastors and scholars than the general public but
anyone could read it and would benefit from it , if they are patient and willing to... Read more
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Top rating is well deserved of this Bible, I am enjoying it very much, specifically the Apocrypha. I would recommend it to anyone in need of a very good bible.
Published 7 days ago by JwMarshall
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the version I needed...
Not the fourth edition, but the third...though the cover shown is for the fourth. Still was able to use it for class, but would have liked it specified.
Published 9 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bible
I have a hard copy of an earlier version, and this version doesn't disappoint. There are a couple of drawbacks for the Kindle Fire. You can't change the font except page by page. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Hyperlinks
I returned the bible after I found there were no hyperlinks in the text. It was impossible to move around the bible without them. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paperpack version of the reliable classic
The most literal translation and therefore not always the most beautiful but it is the perfect study Bible for serious students. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Helen Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for bible scholars and seminarians
I purchased this after my old copy (3rd Edition) started to fall apart. Keep in mind it was paperback. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Stephen McGuire
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Version
Modern version with the Apocrypha. Interesting reading. Biblical scholarship has passed from the King James era in England to America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Pages but a fantastic study Bible
Fantastic Bible. Great content, maps, and explanations. Also has an about section at the beginning of each section and each book. Read more
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