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The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version 4 Ant Edition

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Michael Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College 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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 Ant edition (March 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195289617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195289619
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David deSilva on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just received copies of the New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha, which is an excerpt of the larger NOAB, 4th edition. I was very pleased with this newest release in a long, distinguished history of Oxford Study Bibles. The physical quality of the book takes a step forward from previous editions. The pages are of a thicker stock, and therefore almost opaque and easy to handle. This is a great improvement on previous editions of the NOA Apocrypha, which used the "onion skin" paper for which Bibles are famous. 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 smaller than the third edition that I had been using (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. Three of the authors of annotations are immediately recognized as "deans" of Second Temple Judaism and its literature -- John Collins on 3 Maccabees, Lester Grabbe on Wisdom of Solomon, and Daniel Harrington on Ben Sira.
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There seems to be some confusion regarding the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha are the collection of books (usually between 7-15 depending how you count them and which canon you use), that the early Church used with little controversy. They do not include Gnostic texts such as the Gospel of Mary.

When St. Jerome came on the scene he began to question these books because they were missing from the Jewish Canon. But if you look back in history Justin Martyr says that the Jews removed them deliberately because they spoke so clearly of Jesus. Whether that is true is up for debate, but what it illustrates is that the earlier witness was that these books belonged in the Bible. Wisdom of Solomon ch.2 12-20 for example is one of the clearest Messianic prophecies in the whole of the OT. It was not until Luther that these books were seriously considered for elimination once again. He could not remove them altogether as this would have caused an uproar so he moved them to the center between the Testaments and then around 1890 they were so little regarded that they were removed completely by the Bible Societies, who shipped Bibles around the world, for economic reasons. Once this happened they quickly disappeared from the public view and consciousness of most Evangelical and Protestants denominations. So that today we have many conservative Christians not only rejecting their status as the Word of God, but some even going so far as to claim they are demonic in nature.

Jesus and the Apostles quoted or at least alluded to these books numerous times. And the argument that the NT writers never mentions them wouldn't stand anyway since if that was the criteria of an inspired OT book, Esther would have to be excluded too.
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Very well done. The only warning I would give is that the annotation is not from a faith perspective like some annotated biblical texts are so if you are looking for Christian faith perspective maybe find a different version but this is worth reading regardless for the historical and factual annotations.
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A true scholarly work of art. This Bible has replaced my old Bible that did not have the Apocrypha. I recommend this Bible along with having a copy of the Geneva Bible by Lloyd E. Berry as a second reference to all the scripture contained (and Googling the Apocrypha in KJV as well):

ISBN-13: 978-1598562125

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I cannot speak well enough about this Bible and as a mid 20's year old male just out of college I am appalled that the KJV no longer has the Apocrypha books (yes the KJV used to have the Apocrypha - a few poor copies on Amazon can be found). They may not be considered direct inspired words of God (i.e. no prophecies found) by most but they certainly hold their place as important interlude to the New Testament from the Old Testament (lots of scriptural support to believe more so in what Jesus Christ did surrounding the culture and mindset of that day) as previous prophecies in the Old Testament state their wouldn't be any prophecies for 400 years. This however, doesn't mean their wasn't any room for inspired writings that were not prophecies but merely statements recorded (like the letter to Timothy or the dialogue Job had with God - more like arguments in my opinion hahaha!). Anyways, I will not debate my personal opinion on the Apocrypha further but wanted to say it's very sad that most Bibles don't have it in my humble opinion (and I say this both as a Christian and as a monotheist / theologian in general).

My favorite verse as a science major is this:

2 Esdras 6:48:
"The dumb and lifeless water produced living creatures, as it was commanded, so that therefore the nations might declare your wondrous works.
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