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The New Interpreter's Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version With the Apocrypha Hardcover – May 1, 2003
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""Of the current editions of study Bibles, in my opinion the most helpful for pastors, teachers, and all students of the Scriptures has now been issued by Abingdon Press under the dedicated guidance of Dr. Walter Harrelson."
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Walter Harrelson, retired, was University Professor at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible emeritus at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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The study notes are pure study notes - there is little to no application guidance. As a whole the NRSV translation seems to have held up over time and is a nice readable translation.
The cover is hardback so this is not an "attractive" Bible that you'd want to lug around with you as it's also quite heavy. Margins are nice and able to make notes.
Overall, this is a great Bible for Disciple and a nice addition to any Christian library.
If you fall into either the post-liberal or moderate evangelical camps (think Duke Divinity or Fuller Seminary), and have a good grasp of major interpretational issues in Biblical studies, this is a great study Bible for you. If you're an evangelical who simply wants a copy of the Apocrypha with commentary or an NRSV, definitely get this one over the other options out there. Even with its minor faults, the NRSV is a solid translation of the Bible, just make sure you use it in conjunction with a more conservative translation like the NASB or NIV to get a grasp on some of the translation issues in a passage you may not be overly familiar with. Its desire to make the Bible gender-inclusive sometimes creates problems, as in the case of 1 Tim 3:2. I say this as someone who appreciates the gender-neutrality of the new 2011 NIV, which I think does a better job of handling gender-issues in a way that doesn't inject interpretation into the translation. The ESV, which is meant to be the conservative revision of the RSV, has just as many problems in the other direction.
As for the layout, I would have liked a column of cross-references, and the book/chapter headings are poorly placed, but overall it has a sturdy construction and quality paper that will last you many years if you take care of it. I would definitely recommend it to a well-studied Bible major, Seminary Student, or someone seeking to do doctoral work in theology or Biblical Studies
The overall construction of the book is very solid. It's a well-bound hardback and feels like it will last. The paper is a little thin and may tear or crease easily, but with a little care it should last a long time. The thinness of the paper presents a minor irritation in that the ink shows through from the other side of the paper, so it can be a little bit of a strain to read at times, especially in bright light.
The study material is good. The maps are easy to read and the timelines are helpful. The excurses and introductory essays to each book are interesting and offer a manageable level of detail for readers. One other irritation I found though, was that the list of abbreviations used in the book does not include the NRSV abbreviations, so footnotes in the Bible text that read something like "Cn: Heb..." need to be looked up elsewhere, which was easy enough to do online, but it would have been helpful to have them in the relevant section of the Bible to begin with.