The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version 5th Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
"In sum, the assiduous reader will find here an invaluable library of biblical text and diverse scholarship." -- Philip S. Johnston, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
"...a huge wealth of material in a single volume�.the assiduous reader will find here an invaluable library of biblical text and diverse scholarship." -- Philip S. Johnston, JSOT
About the Author
Michael Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School 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: A Very Short Introduction.
Marc Z. Brettler is Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor in Judaic Studies at Duke 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.
- Item Weight : 3.32 pounds
- Paperback : 2416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0190276088
- ISBN-13 : 978-0190276089
- Product Dimensions : 9 x 1.9 x 6.7 inches
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; 5th Edition (April 1, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
[So far so good, I keep learning and growing.]
BINDING (One big "Why" this new version was needed):
This new version, at first glance does not seem to have changed drastically when I compared it to the 4th. I want to point out that it's binding has been reinforced to correct the major flaw the 4th had (it would rip from the spine; you could tell it was a badly constructed); Now, the glue binding has been sewn which has definitely improved it's sturdiness. I've not gone through the whole of it, but most probably this was the chief reason for a new edition. I know how frustrating that is, mine (4th), ripped after two months in. But now the 5th has come!
The introductory essays at the beginning of each book have remained the same,except for some minor editing that I've noticed so far. Comments at the foot of every page are marvellous. If you want a new perspective on every book that is an evidence-based critical analysis this is the bible for you. It provides different perspectives without diminishing the Bible's credibility. That is precisely why I favour this study bible more than the Harper Collins Study Bible. A version in which the authors appallingly downgrade the Bible's religious importance to a fictional book. Which, for me, it is a drawback. I do understand, this approach is used in Divinity schools; but the authors kept in mind that lay readers would seek and Oxford Bible in an attempt to better understand the Scriptures. And that, I liked.
AS A RESOURCE:
The Oxford's Annotated Bible offers a historic/preterist view (one does not have to agree with all of provided content). Something I found highly informative was current and past theories as to why it is possible for books to have been edited or had multiple authors instead of the widely held beliefs taught in church. Or better put: the theological approach to the study of the Bible. BUT, is not done without disrespecting one's beliefs. I feel many academic books do a fine job in that regard. It is an honest and serious approach to enhance the scope for the reader. My devotionals have thus become intellectual and spiritual experiences. I enjoy every contributor's commentaries, because they put into context every book's contemporary politics. The reader has a better grasp of the political background that may or may not influenced a book's contents: some were destroyed and rewritten—edited too—over hundreds of years. The NRSV is a magnificent translation in itself. Now add Oxford's reputation and deep academic tradition to it and voilà: That is how the The Oxford Annotated Bible was born.
I highly recommend this study Bible. if you desire to nourish your thirst for knowledge, then, this will be a great resource for you.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The main thing to get this for is the introductions, essays, notes (annotations), and the complete NRSV w/ apocrypha. But it can be very hard to use the kindle version as a true study Bible because citations and cross-references in the notes are not hyperlinked -- meaning that you would have to manually find the verses being cited or given as cross references, and finding a specific verse is time consuming because there are no chapter links within individual books. Etc. However, the introductions and notes are good.
RAMBLING, FULL-LENGTH VERSION: Navigability should be improved. Links should be added for all verse citations/cross references. A real table of contents with links for each book and book chapters should be added. Once you navigate to a book, there should at that point be a (hyperlinked) list of the book's chapters, so you can touch (for example) "Chapter 12" and go straight to Chapter 12 (instead of having to manually go one page at a time to get there). This e-book, I think, really should be updated to take advantage of the electronic medium. As it is now, it's nicely formatted, but it only very minimally takes advantage of the possibilities of the electronic format - the main issue is navigability.
The annotations are somewhat inconsistently implemented. Some verses you touch the verse number and a pane comes up in the bottom 1/3 of the screen with the commentary/note. Other verses, you touch the verse number, and then are taken to a page (like end notes). Some verse citations (all of them within the footnotes) are not hyperlinked. It would be extremely time consuming read through a book's chapter, read the notes for that chapter, and then manually find the verses/cross references cited in the notes, and then go back to where you started reading from -- because of the lack of hyperlinks. But that kind of intense study reading, and going back and forth and following the cross-references, etc., is exactly what a study Bible like this is supposed to be for - if you want to do that, you may be happier getting the paper version of this.
Again - in the commentary/notes, cross-references and citations to other verses are NOT hyperlinked! (You would have to manually search for them.) OUP really should update this so that all verse citations and cross-references are hyperlinked! (Note: the kindle of the NABRE translation (ASIN: B0054SLCOQ) has this feature (all it's notes/cross-references ARE hyperlinked - each and every one! the kindle version of that Bible really takes advantage of the electronic medium. It's the best kindle Bible I've found. For $5.99 it's a great deal. It's a Catholic Bible, so includes most of the "apocrypha" and the notes/commentary are extensive and detailed.) Anyway, the NOAB 5th Ed could really use an update to make it a really functional electronic book: namely, all verse citations should be hyperlinked and the annotations should be implemented in a more uniform way.
I was actually pretty surprised about these two issues: (1) that verse references and cross references within the annotations do NOT have ANY hyperlinks, and (2) - not really as important - the inconsistent way in which verse annotations are implemented (some appear as a pane in bottom half of screen, others as end notes, others (infrequently) seem not to work, and for some verses you touch the verse number and it takes you to the endnotes and, somewhat confusingly, there is not always a specific note for that verse there.
Anyway, it's still very nice to have this in a portable (kindle) format, but it takes some time to get used to how the annotations can be accessed, and navigation could be VERY much improved (e.g., add a real table of contents with links, add chapter links, add links for verse citations and cross-references in the notes).
Re lack of chapter links: As the book is now, if you want to read, for example, John 3:16, you would have to find John in the list of books at the front, and then manually keep tapping to reach "John" in that list (going all the way from Genesis), and then once at the start of John (there is no chapter list there), so you would have to manually go one page at a time until you get to the 3rd chapter. This isn't always so bad, especially in shorter books, but what if you're trying to get to the 48th Chapter in Isaiah? Find Isaiah in the list of books, then touch that, then manually go one page at a time until you reach chapter 48?! I can't believe OUP didn't provide better navigation - at least for chapters.
As it is now, this is - for me - a little arduous to navigate through sometimes. In a way, that has a certain charm: this kindle e-book will not surrender forth all of its riches without some effort on the reader's part! But - this is an e-book. It is SUPPOSED TO BE easy to navigate! OUP really should be updated to take advantage of and utilize the possibilities, presently mostly latent, offered by the electronic format. Perhaps the 6th Edition will fix these problems or OUP will make an update to this (5th) Edition?
Again, I would love to see an update of this with all verse references/cross-references hyperlinked, like in the NABRE noted above, and with improved navigation, with a real table of contents including links for individual chapters within books. Also the verse citations in the introductions/essays should also be hyperlinked. Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't. Would be nice to see an update to this kindle volume.
(Again, re the NABRE: It stands for New American Bible Revised Edition - it's the Bible used for liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church in the US (you can take a look at the text and notes for free on the USCCB web site, to see what it's like) - it contains most of the "apocrypha" you would find in this 5th Ed. NOAB, plus, in my opinion, useful notes and commentary, from a mainstream Catholic viewpoint, and very useful (and ALWAYS hyperlinked) citations and cross-references to really help you see how various parts of the Bible are related (and quickly jump around by pressing the links and then the back (<-) button), it's especially useful to see/understand connections between the Old Testament and New Testament. I think anyone interested in a kindle Bible should get a copy of it - see ASIN: B0054SLCOQ.)
ALSO -- If you don't really need the annotations in this 5th Ed. NOAB, another NRSV with all the same apocrypha is available from HarperOne (ASIN: B003YUCE98). It is a very nicely done kindle book, with excellent navigation, links where you would expect them, fully functional table of contents, chapter links at the start of books, etc. And it also has the nice feature of chapter/section headings (descriptive titles of what follows, e.g., "The Parable of the Sower" at the start of Mark, ch. 4), unlike - it seems - all Bibles produced by OUP.
Top reviews from other countries
I've been discovering far more about the Bible since I became an atheist than I ever did when I was a fundamentalist Christian. I'm sick at heart when my former fundie peers pervert reason and their own minds "reconciling" the Bible's obviously irreconcilable contradictions in ways that would be laughed out of court if they were applied to any other corpus of literature, or produce grotesque readings of passages whose meanings are often plain enough but that contradict what they want to believe, claiming the "inspiration of the Holy Spirit" as if it provided access to some kind of interpretive Holy of Holies rather than failing to constitute even the most patently miserable of excuses for their blatantly warped interpretations. And atheist Bible-bashing can sometimes be not much more helpful. Yes, I know the Genesis creation and flood accounts are absurdly at odds with Buddha knows how many well-established branches of knowledge, that the Exodus myth is... well, a myth, and that the divinely mandated genocide of the Hebrew Bible and the condemnation of most of earth's population to everlasting hellfire of the Christian one is no less than sick and deranged, although in their defence this bashing is made necessary by literalist nonsense.the soundness of whose empirical and logical basis is in inverse proportion to the frequency of its repetition. The Bible, along with every other "sacred" tome ever written, as well as all notions of the "divine" themselves, is a product of the individual and corporate human mind, and it would be great to have an edition of the most influential of these writings that treated it as such.
It's in that respect that this massive tome is such a powerful tool. It proceeds on the assumption that humans wrote this collection from human motives. This is a "reasonable" approach. It's the same one we use to treat Homer's "Iliad" and the works of Shakespeare. or for that matter any work of fiction or non-fiction. "Goddidit" provides no more explanation for what the Bible says than it does for any secular literature. It's worse than irrelevant: it's profoundly damaging to a quest for any kind of truth or knowledge. It's not the beginning of investigation - it's the end of it. After that comes the mere black hole of "faith", one of the most heinous conceptions our diseased imaginations have ever produced.
As part of its assumption, the NOAB as near as neutrally summarises the present state of scholarship, religious and secular, on all things biblical. The series of essays in which it does so consists of introductions to sections of the Bible and to individual books, as well as a raft of concluding essays on all aspects of the Bible generically (Hebrew and Christian, separately and together). These essays are both substantial enough in themselves and of sufficient quantity to warrant separate publication in their own right as a collection. At last I can find out what the relevant experts are saying - or NOT saying - on a particular topic, and thus to find out what we know and (just as importantly) don't know about such things as the process by which the canon now known as the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh was composed, compiled, edited and redacted - i.e. how the text grew out of the societies that produced it. The essays are written for the general reader, not for specialists, and as such they make available to anyone who's interested not only the most recent scholarship but (again, just as importantly) the methods scholars have used and use to arrive at their conclusions. The supplementary tables, charts, diagrams and maps are extremely helpful, although the latter, being in colour, don't come across well on a Kindle. There's also a really helpful bibliography of some of the editions of, and the most basic literature on, the various topics discussed.
This humanist approach also applies to the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), the text used by the NOAB. Praise be to Allah that all the blather in so many "Christian" English editions, in which the translators express the hope that the results of their labours might convince the reader to believe what they believe, is absent. (I suspect that such material usually means that some ideologically-driven mistranslation is going on, which is what the New International Version has been criticised for.) No, the introduction ("To the Reader") to the NRSV simply outlines the process by which it was carried out and the principles used, as if it were a translation of The Song of Roland. How refreshing. At last I feel the scales lifting from my eyes and the light of reason and common sense dawning. And a couple of the NOAB's essays aren't afraid to call out errors in the NRSV translation, either.
Then, of course, there are the annotations to the actual texts themselves. All those in the NRSV have been preserved, with the Oxford edition ones being presented separately from them, the former being accessed by clicking on the superscript letters, the latter by clicking on the verse numbers. I haven't started exploring these yet, but from a quick perusal I expect the more fulsome Oxford ones to amount to separate essays in themselves for each book.
A final note: the ecumenical NRSV, and consequently the NOAB, includes ALL the apocrypha used by the Roman Catholic and Orthodox (i.e. Greek and Slavonic) churches. You will therefore find such works as 3 and 4 Maccabees and Psalm 151 as well as the apocrypha accepted only by the Roman Catholics that you sometimes find in Bibles "with Apocrypha".
It seems pretty basic to have an index of chapters at the start of each book, come on, get it fixed!!!