- Hardcover: 2416 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4th edition (March 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195289552
- ISBN-13: 978-0195289558
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 609 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version 4th Edition
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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 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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If you want very enlightening annotations, explanations, discussions of alternative interpretations of the Bible, this is a great choice. I like it for several reasons. First, it is considered and "Ecumenical Study Bible" -- meaning it is written with the intent of having no bias for or against any particular sect or religion. Second, it is the "complete" Bible, with the Apocrypha. Third, it has incredible details, comments, insights, etc., that I had not considered before.
I find it extremely helpful as I use it in my studies.
My only negative: I would prefer the font to be larger to make reading easier. However, this book already has almost 2400 pages, and is printed on thin paper. Larger font would make it even thicker, and heavier! So, this is a good trade-off.
I just put on my reading glasses and deal with it.
ISBN 978-0195289596 is the college edition. According to Oxford University Press, this simply means that this version does not have the concordance. This will have fewer pages than the other two versions.
ISBN 978-0195289558 is the hardcover edition.
ISBN 978-0195289565 is the hardcover index edition, meaning there are little tabs on the side of each page, indicating books of the bible.
I found this information by contacting Oxford University Press Customer Service. There's a toll free number that's easily accessible. Simply use your favourite search engine to find their site, then click on their "Contact Us" link. Hope this helps people out there!
is the perfect one for you. Originally I had attempted reading the King James Version. While it's
romantic with its Jacobean English and is often the version quoted by people, it is very difficult
to truly understand on a more than superficial level. The gist of what is being told gets across; however,
a lot of details are muddled by archaic pronunciations and unspoken details that are expected to be understood.
This version, with its extensive annotations on every chapter and verse, its historical information
at the beginning of every book, and its maps and diagrams to give an idea of where everything is taking
place, makes for a very insightful read and clears up many of the confusions I've had with my failed attempts
at reading the bible in the past. I have yet to finish it but thus far I have learned more about the bible, God, and the faith
surrounding Christianity than I ever would have expected myself to know.
There are many people who profess themselves to be Christians but a large majority of them have
never even read the book they so vehemently claim to love and follow. Though I am still unsure of
my stance, I wanted to ensure that should I choose to believe that I would be well educated in what
I believe and not blindly follow hearsay or the interpretations of others.
The only thing that I think can make this particular bible a bit overwhelming at first glance is the sheer
amount of annotations included with some pages having as much as 2/3 of the page being annotations leaving
only the other third to be actual scripture. However, bear in mind that the annotations aren't necessary
to read the bible and are only there to clarify specific verses, give historical context, or otherwise
speculate as to what some of the more vague verses mean. They aren't necessary whatsoever to just read the bible
but if you take the time to read them it makes it much more enlightening. I must also applaud the completely
unbiased approach and wording taken in the additional information sections. They simply present the information,
facts, and potential interpretations leaving it to the reader to decide.
That being said, this bible is perfect for everyone. Whether you're a believer, an agnostic/person considering
joining the Christian faith, or an atheist looking to solidify your non-belief, this is the bible for you.