- Paperback: 1860 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 12, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195290003
- ISBN-13: 978-0195290004
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.4 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha 1st Edition
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"Well-written and up-to-date articles on the historical, cultural, and religious background of the Bible. The publication of this resource marks a new level of ecumenical cooperation."--David E. Aune, Loyola University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
M. Jack Suggs is at Brite Divinity School, Texas. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld is at Princeton Theological Seminary. James R. Mueller is at the University of Florida.
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The edition is fine. I prefer leather covers, but there wasn't one available for this. The print is small, especially for the footnotes. However, it is printed in a typeface which is very clear, so it somewhat balances out. The margins are narrow, so this is certainly not a note-taker's Bible. The first 199 pages consist of articles, on such issues as how to read the Bible and background information on archeology and history of the region of Palestine. In the back, there is an unusually large number of very nice maps. There is a concordance, a mixture of word searches and topics, but it is very limited.
What I really hate is that the book introductions and footnotes assume the views of higher criticism, without any consideration of the debate around those questions. This contrasts with The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version Hardcover w/Maps, for example, which outlines the debate, then gives the reasons the editors take the view they do. And there are a number of comments in the other reviews claiming that this translation's use of gender-neutral wording, when it does, and editing do not reflect any bias; that is far from the case.
There are several verses that I have already found, which have been severely distorted.
Genesis 3:15, often titles the Protevangelium, reads, "I shall put enmity between you and the woman, between your brood and hers. They will strike at your head, and you will strike at their feet." Where the REB reads "they" and "their," the Hebrew is masculine singular, i. e., "He," referring to Christ. The REB's political correctness here is completely undermined the theological significance of the verse.
In John 1:1, instead of "the Word was God," as most translations put it, this one reads, "What God was, the Word was." The first exactly and simply represents the four words in the Greek. The latter turns four words into six, and makes them LESS clear, not more.
And II Timothy3:16, instead of, "All Scripture is inspired by God..." the REB reads, "All inspired scripture has its use..." So, instead of being a declaration of Paul's assurance of the divine source of Scripture, the REB turns it into an equivocation, so the believer is left with uncertainty about WHICH scriptures are trustworthy. That may be the view of the editor's, but certainly doesn't reflect Paul's.
And lastly, Titus 1:7, refers to "bishop," instead of "overseer" (or equivalent). "Bishop" is a transliteration of "episkopos," not a translation. The editors again equivocated, this time for the sake of Anglicans and Catholics.
For someone who is biblically-literate, this is a good version to add for comparison. However, it cannot be used for non-Christians or new converts, because its equivocations will lead them down the path to confusion.
This bible makes things clear and accessible on first reading without making the text boring or monotonous. It maintains its poetry, but is no more poetic (and maybe at times it is less) than the NRSV. Unlike the NRSV this bible expresses the thoughts of the orignal authors even if word-for-word translation comes at a bit of an expense -- this is a huge plus for young people, lay people, people (re)discovering the bible, or people skeptical of many aspects of Christianity. This bible gives you beautiful words minus the confusion that often accompany more literal translations. As a plus it gives you historical and linguistic context galore to enhance your understanding. If you're not in the mood to read footnotes you don't have to -- this Bible is quite readable on its own and the footnotes are there to further the depth of your undersanding of the history, lingquistics, and meaning of what you're reading.
The REB contains nearly 100 pages of articles on early Christianity and theological development that are a must for anyone desiring an honest understanding of Christianity. Honest and thorough, yet concise. Awesome feature.
Amazon's service was good. No complaints.
The book is indeed a paperback and is large. This is not the type of Bible you throw in a backpack when on the go or lend out freely. The NRSV is an ecumenical and theologically honest Bible that is available in hardcover study Bible editions at the same price as this flimsy one. The NRSV is a bit harder to read, but if you plan on studying the text and linguistics of the Bible rather than simply the message go with the NRSV.
The great thing about the REB is how easy it is to move through it and understand it without sacrificing aesthetics. Its sound and accurate.
The REB is not nearly as gender inclusive as the NRSV, strange that it would uphold a useless conservative tradition when it often takes liberties that no other literary or scholarly Bible would take.
Understandable. Literary. Historical.