- Paperback: 2208 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199777535
- ISBN-13: 978-0199777532
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.8 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can't say enough good things about this study bible. Using it enabled me to get so much more out of the text. I won't comment on the NRSV text, but will say a few things about the ‘study’ aspects of this bible.
The annotations (generally 1-2 per biblical chapter) are excellent, providing welcome hi-lighting or explanation of important or difficult verses, yet are not overly technical nor are they so long that they interrupt the reading. Where there is nothing significant to mention, they are silent.
The introductions to each book, roughly one-to-two pages each, are excellent, summarizing the authorship, context, and themes of each book.
There is an excellent glossary in the the back, which is nicely indexed in the text with symbol, that I found myself using a lot. There is also a very helpful section of maps, and a table of measures.
The explanation and commentary are provided by a variety of biblical scholars, who, for the most part, write in plain english for the layman. Where technical terms are used, they are always linked by symbol to the glossary. The authors seem to have struck a very good balance between faith and scholarship: they approach their comments as people of faith, and their notes and commentary are are very respectful of the text, but at the same time, they are scholarly and will point out conflicts between texts, or things that don't match historical records. There is a real effort made to show how a text connects with major themes in the bible, and compare, or sometimes contrast, texts with other books, both within the bible, and sometimes other ancient authors. The amount of historical and cultural information they provide is invaluable.
I can't recommend this study bible enough. The Access Bible enabled me to get so much more information out of my reading of the Old Testament than I ever would have on my own.
It's been a great Bible for me. I recommend it for any beginning student. I imagine it has much to offer the experienced Bible student as well, but, as I'm not an experienced student, I can't comment from that perspective yet :-)