- Hardcover: 2272 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Revised, Updated edition (August 22, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006078685X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060786854
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 287 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
The landmark general reference Bible that offers the full text of the New Revised Standard Version, now completely revised and updated by leading biblical scholars, including, new introductions and notes, diagrams, charts and maps––25% revised or new material.
After 10 years of new archeological discoveries and changes in biblical studies, it was time for an overhaul of this classic reference work.
With the guidance of the Society of Biblical Literature, an organization of the best biblical scholars world wide, we have selected Dean of Yale Divinity School, Harold Attridge, to oversee the Study Bible's updating and revision.
• The fundamental strengths of the first HCSB remain . . .
up–to–date introductions to the Biblical books, based on the latest critical scholarship, by leading experts in the field
concise notes, clearly explaining names, dates, places, obscure terms, and other difficulties in reading the Biblical text
careful analysis of the structure of Biblical books
abundant maps, tables, and charts to enable the reader to understand the context of the Bible, and to see the relationship among its parts.
• But, in this new revised edition . . .
Every introduction, essay, map, illustration and explanatory note has been reviewed and updated, and new material added. For instance,
There are newly commissioned introductory essays on
the archaeology of ancient Israel and the New Testament world,
the religion of ancient Israel,
the social and historical context of each book of the Bible, and
on Biblical interpretation
There are completely new introductions and notes for many of the books in the Bible, plus a full revision and updating of all others.
Of special interest are:
The literary history of the Pentateuch (those books between the Old and New Testament that Catholics include in their Bible)
More references to ancient non–Biblical sources which seem to parallel books in the Bible like the Gnostic gospels uncovered in Egypt or the famous scrolls found near the Dead Sea in Israel.
And, more comprehensive attention to the interrelationship of Old and New Testaments
About the Author
Harold W. Attridge, Ph.D., is Dean of Yale University Divinity School and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament. He has published many scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. He also has served as the president of the Society of Biblical Literature.
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These are the kind of things we look for easy convenience in with Kindle; and I am extremely disappointed. I suppose these are the starting problems of a new Kindle ed, but other Study Bibles I have on Kindle work fine (Zondervan NIV SB; Jewsih Study Bible, for e.g.). I love this SB, but wish that the kindle ed was user friendly - a reasonable expectation given the amount of times the release of this edition has been delayed.
I would not recommend purchasing the Kindle ed until there is some indication that these problems have been resolved.
Since I'd also purchased Harper Bibles's NRSV with Apocrypha, I've found that the easiest way to use this study bible's commentary is to actually jump between the text of the other edition and the notes in this one. It saves a lot of extraneous bookmarking, but it's absurd that it's necessary.
Adding links from commented-upon verses to the endnotes and back would make this easily a 5-star purchase. If there's an update in the future, I'd be happy to change my rating. In the meantime, though, it's just too difficult to use.
Update: I've spent a bit more time with this study bible, and my opinion is softening a bit. I've found that there's still value in reading through the verse-by-verse commentary after I've read each chapter, and when it's genuinely necessary to flip back to a verse the Kindle's page-forward/back function is useful. It's a bit hacky, though, and links within the text would still be preferable. I've bumped the score from 2 to 3 stars.
I have found free versions of the bible on line that have very detailed notes linked to the text, so the technology is there, but for some reason it was decided not to use it here.