523 of 530 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three versions -- are you sure you're buying the right one?
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...
Published on March 2, 2010 by Bibliophile
279 of 303 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BIBLE YOU'LL NEVER USE
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...
Published on October 14, 2010 by David Dunaway
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523 of 530 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three versions -- are you sure you're buying the right one?,
This review is from: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, College Edition (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!
279 of 303 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BIBLE YOU'LL NEVER USE,
This review is from: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version (Hardcover)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. We would be HAPPY to pay more if you would improve the printing and bind the books so that they can stand up to the years of use that the Oxford Annotated, HarperCollins and New Interpreter's warrant.
I would be DELIGHTED to see a post from a representative of Oxford University Press, HarperCollins, or Abingdon Press saying that you plan to reexamine your printing decisions. For what it's worth, whichever of you guys comes out with a physical product that approaches your outstanding scholarship, will have my order and another 100 to go with it.
P.S.: Anybody want 15 unreadable Bibles? I'm selling them cheap.
56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The academic standard.,
This review is from: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version (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.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Scholarly Legacy for a half-century,
This review is from: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version (Hardcover)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.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sound Beginning for Studying Scripture,
This review is from: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, College Edition (Hardcover)New Oxford Annotated Bible retains its status as a "go-to Study Bible" for those wishing to better understand cultural and historical settings of the communities for and from which Hebrew and Christian scriptures originated. (Those desiring to similarly understand how the Bible may be received by various cultures today will benefit on consulting "The Peoples' Bible" in turn.) With a new, tighter binding and readable page layout, though with a font-size verging on too-small for its annotations, this will be an edition that continues to appeal to those in academic settings and communities of faith.
Among contributors enlivening the fourth edition are both long-established scholars, such as Terence E. Fretheim, writing on the book of Numbers, and those newer to the field, such as Julia M. O'Brien, who anotates a number of the briefer prophets. Commentary retained from the previous edition sometimes implies certainty on key texts which, for other scholars, are best left open-ended (on, for example, the NRSV's questionable shift from "do not kill" to "do not murder" in the Ten Commandments). Neil Elliott's valuable, set-in-its-context-of-empire commentary on Romans remains. Four-and-a-half stars.
51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome update,
This review is from: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version (Hardcover)This is the newest release in a long, distinguished history of Oxford Study Bibles. 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 unfortunately smaller than those used in the third edition that I had been reading (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 in this volume. Among the contributors to the annotations on the Apocryphal books one finds John Collins on 3 Maccabees, Lester Grabbe on Wisdom of Solomon, and Daniel Harrington on Ben Sira. Many others are acknowledged specialists on the book for which they provide annotations, such as Theodore Bergren (the foremost scholar on 2 Esdras 1-2, 15-16) on 2 Esdras, John Bartlett (author of a fine guide to this book) on 1 Maccabees, Daniel Schwartz (author of the new standard in commentaries on this book) on 2 Maccabees, and Lawrence Wills (specialist on tales of Jews in foreign courts) on Judith. The remaining contributors are no less distinguished, including, for example, Amy-Jill Levine (whose prolific and consistently solid scholarship defies classification) on Tobit and the Additions to Daniel. The same quality of contributor holds throughout the Hebrew Bible and New Testament: many of the contributors have written commentaries, or at least academic books, on the Scriptural text for which they provide annotations here.
One small physical drawback: the complete Bible has the typically thinner paper stock, with "bleed through." You'll be limited to making your own annotations in pencil or ink, not highlighter or marker.
Congratulations to Michael Coogan and his team of editorial colleagues (Marc Brettler, Carol Newsom, and Pheme Perkins) on this remarkable achievement, giving anyone who cares to use this edition such expert guidance on reading and entering into the Scriptures!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Class...But,
This review is from: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version (Leather Bound)I bought this book primarily because it is advertised as including the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books and secondly as an Ecumenical Study Bible. It is hard to find a good single-volume study bible which contains the Apocryphal books. I have the New American Bible which do have the Apoc./Deut. books but I wanted another translation to compare these second canons.
This is a very well made bible physically. Sewn pages. The leather's supple, soft, and it smells good too! But it is so soft that it's not as easy to hold this bible open in your hands: it bends and twists so easily! Rather, this book is perfect for reading while placed on a solid, flat surface like a table or a study desk. On this type of surface, the book opens flat right up to the first and last pages! Main text is very readable at point 9 or 10, while the annotations more like point 8.
The cross-references are included in the annotations making them both work in the context of each other. Although this is fine for me, some readers may prefer the cross-references on a separate place like the margin.
I love the color maps and excellent map index. The book also includes a concordance which while not exhaustive would still be useful. The only downside to it is the really small font size, perhaps point 7 or 6. I had to use my reading glasses for it. You'd also appreciate the glossary as not every bible has it.
For the most part the notes try to find a balanced view, and ends up being rather bland in certain places. Not so with the book introductions where the intro writers give a much clearer although at times controversial stand, even calling some Prophetic books as fiction. In any case, notes and book intros are supposed to give background information and the opinion of the writers and not to correct the biblical text. It would not be fair to say that these study aids possessed a liberal tone all throughout but you'll get the impression that they are present to challenge the reader. It's only here in this bible where I read an intro to the Gospels that says that they are not eye-witness accounts; make whatever you can of it. I leave it to your discretion. But it does help explain why many point out that this kind of study bible is popular in the seminaries.
You might want to be aware of the objections to the NRSV translation (its use of inclusive language and all that) but also be aware that the NRSV is clear and highly readable. For this reason, I would read a passage of the bible in the NRSV after I've read it in another translation but still want to get a better grip on the text. This is especially useful in the Deuterocanonical Books, speaking of which, I was surprised to learn that the Eastern and Greek/Slavonic churches have even more number of Deuterocanonical books of their own than the Roman Catholic Church! It is good that they are included here, even if your only purpose is to read them as an academic exercise.
I would recommend this volume with the caveat that you consider whether you'd like the very flexible leather binding with the consequence I mentioned above- and if you welcome some liberal views of the introduction and annotation authors. The NRSV do use inclusive language but as an English text it shines in clarity! I always keep the bible in its box when not in use.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Bad Workmanship,
The pages are so thin that its virtually impossible to mark without bleed through.
The pages are starting to fall out and need to be taped after only a few months
of careful reading. I DO NOT recommend this bible for daily use. You would
think that oxford press could come up with a better constructed bible.
The type is faint, small, and difficult to read.
For scholarly content I would give this bible 10 stars.
However the atrocious workmanship of the edition does not even
rate 1 star in my opinion.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Thin Pages,
It is a little difficult to read because you can see the next pages type though the page.
The notes however get five stars, the book will be a good desk supplement but I am certainly going to get a more functional one.
EDIT: I am a highlighting addict and due to the thin pages, highlighter - even the lightest touch - bleeds right through. However, after some experimenting I found a brand that does not bleed through. It is Zebra Zazzle yellow. You can find them here on Amazon searching with "Zebra Zazzle Highlighter."
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bible,
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The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version by Michael D. Coogan (Paperback - March 19, 2010)