The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version, Indexed
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Countless students, professors and general readers alike have relied upon The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha for essential scholarship and guidance to the world of the Bible. Now the Augmented Third Edition adds to the established reputation of this premier academic resource. A wealth of new maps, charts, and diagrams further clarify information found in the scripture pages. In addition, section introductions have been expanded and the book introductions have been made more uniform in order to enhance their utility. Of course, the Augmented Third Edition retains the features prized by students, including single column annotations at the foot of the pages, in-text background essays, charts, and maps, a page number-keyed index of all the study materials in the volume, and Oxford's renowned Bible maps. This timely edition maintains and extends the excellence the Annotated's users have come to expect, bringing still more insights, information, and approaches to bear upon the understanding of the biblical text.
* Wholly revised, and greatly expanded book introductions and annotations.
* Annotations in a single column across the page bottom, paragraphed according to their boldface topical headings.
* In-text background essays on the major divisions of the biblical text.
* New essays on the history of the formation of the biblical canon for Jews and various Christian churches.
* More detailed explanations of the historical background of the text.
* More in-depth treatment of varieties of biblical criticism.
* A timeline of major events in the ancient Near East.
* A brief history of biblical interpretations, from biblical times to the present.
* A full index to all of the study materials, keyed to the page numbers on which they occur.
* 36-page section of full color New Oxford Bible Maps, approx. 40 in-text line drawing maps and diagrams.

Customer Reviews:

  • How about a review of the Book for once?
    I am sure you are getting tired of reading everyone's opinions. I am going to review the actual book. For starters, the NRSV text can be easily found in etext form by way of Google or a similar search engine, so go preview it if it is new to you. Next, the study notes are extensive and are concerned only with putting the text in historical context, discussing the difficulties of translations and little tidbits on what has been suggested by research. This means no doctrine whatsoever, and no attacks on believers of the doctrines. Whether you are Christian or not you should find this commendable, because that is a difficult thing to do.

    Yes, some of what you are hearing about gender-neutral is true, 'brothers and sisters' in place of 'bretheren', 'humankind' in place of 'mankind' (what is the difference?), but don't worry, no 'Father-mother' combinations. The text still says 'Father'. That reviewer obviously knew nothing about what he was saying. Besides you would think Oxford scholars would have the sense to put 'Parent' if asked to eliminate 'Father'. Like I said, Google an etext and preview the translation.

    I must admit I haven't read the essays in the back yet, but like anything else, including the study notes, I would definitely take these with a grain of salt. There is no reason to flip out if they don't coincide with your beliefs - they only would if you wrote the notes yourself, afterall. If you consider the Bible authoritative, it is perfectly okay to read this. Likewise if you believe the opposite. The annotations do not address this, and will give you an opportunity to see with an 'outside-looking-in' point of view. This could be very healthy.

    As for the book's construction, it is bound well and will probably last through a good deal of use. Great typeface and size, and easy to read. Format is double column text with single column annotations. The original footnotes of the NRSV are present, there is a concordance, and about 14 maps. Timelines and topical index at the end behind the essays. Book introductions are longer than most study Bibles.

    Why only four stars? It was glue bound and not woven....more info
  • The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha, Third Edition (Hardcover 9700A)
    The book was as described and arrived earlier than promised. Very satisfied....more info
  • Lots if info, not much of it useful
    I purchased this because I wanted a Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocannonical books and because I thought that even without research into the options for study Bibles Oxford would not disappoint. You can usually count of them.

    Unfortunately I was disappointed. I found the introductions to be, rather than a presentation of evidence, an incredibly brief overview of the multiple positions concerning authorship etc... Which would be great if I was desiring a condensed history of research, but I wanted discussions of WHY those positions are taken on 'Date, authorship, etc..'

    The annotations are generally the same. There are many notes that give information about the passage, but often it is a seemingly random reference to geography or some such thing, which, although sometimes helpful, does not help a student to understand what the text is attempting to communicate. That is, being that this is a study Bible and not a commentary I believe that the notes should be aimed at the immediate interpretation of the passage in the context of the book rather than bits of (correct though it may be) information that could best be utilized in the thorough survey of a commentary.

    For my money the best study Bibles containing the A/DC books are the HarperCollins NRSV, the Interpreter's Bible w/NRSV, the second ed. Oxford Annotated with RSV, and The New Jerusalem Bible (provided it has the annotations). The single greatest study Bible that concerns textual criticism, translation, and grammar is the NET Bible. Unfortunately they have not yet released a Bible with the A/DC books and they are needed in one form or another for thorough exegesis of much of the NT and to understand the shape and story of the Canon. ...more info
  • Well Organized
    The information is concisely presented without going into a lot of detail. However there is certainly depth. Good cross-referencing is a key factor in my decision to recommending this great study bible volume. ...more info
  • Great for students
    I bought this book when I signed up for a class on the Bible as literature, and now I'm really glad I have a copy. The notes are outstanding, as are the overview sections of each book and the history. I like the binding, also - it always sits just right when you open it to a page....more info
  • Finally!
    The previous Annotated Oxford with the RSV translation has long been outdated, however excellent it once was. With the NRSV, one had hoped it would not take OUP so long to update its annotations too. Alas, it did. Those of us who could not wait for OUP to get it together simply bought the HarperCollins Bilbe Study. One or the other suffices, even if OUP's scholars have historically been among the very best. In terms of layout, HarperCollins is better.

    The NRSV is clearly superior to all alternative translations in English (just remember its mandate required inclusive language when it comes to human members, wherever it did not change meaning, which, when used, the NRSV notes the original masculine gender in its notes). It is also without an ulterior agenda, such as the NIV, ASB, and other Evangelical fundamentalists' skewing of meaning, nor is it bereft of competent language, such as NAB, REB, and NJB. Besides being the most literal, it is also the most poetic and literate translation. Bruce Metzger's (ed.)introduction to the NRSV translation is critical, albeit short, reading. The annotations of both books, HarperCollins and Oxford, are sufficient for nearly all purposes short of a commentary.

    Jean Calvin's Evangelical maxim that the "Bible is the literal and inerrant Word of God which alone is sufficient for salvation" is nonsensical and absurd as it is ridiculous (the Bible does not contain that maxim, which defeats Calvin's theorem). The Bible is first, foremost, and always the "Book of Spiritual Perfection," a "Collection of Divine Parables," or widely one perspective of Salvation History. All other claims about being "literal and inerrant" are simply preposterous and absurd (see, Metzger's other archeological and textual works that just make hay of such silly notions).

    All but casual readers will require a commentary, as context and parallels are vital to understanding the authors' objectives and their backgrounds that contribute to their meaning. Both the Oxford Bible Commentary and the New Jerome Biblical Commentary are excellent, one-volume commentaries. All others can be disposed-of as fundamentalist-slanted misinterpretations to "fit" preconceived notions and agendas. Northrop Frye's "Great Code" is one of the very best literary perspectives (he has several others). Any book by biblical scholar Raymond Brown will open treasures you would never have imagined are "evident" throughout the Bible (e.g., "Birth of the Messiah" and "Death of the Messiah" are breathtaking for the insights Brown demonstrates).

    Above all, remember, the Bible is not isolated verses (that's an interpolation), it is a number of different and varied stories with anagogical, not literal, meanings. Polysemy was well-understood in the early Middle Ages, where the literal, moral, figurative, and anagogical were always the "steps" to understanding. Catherine of Siena insists "those who read the Scripture literally, do without understanding, because the light is clouded by their own pride and selfish love."

    Never take an Evangelical slant as meaning for anything, since they take sentences out of context, ignore the "big points" and obsess over the trivial, and consistently demonstrate they are ill-equipped to read anything, much less the Bible. E.g., their preoccupation over homosexuality (which ignores David and Jonathan's love 2 Sam 1 and Jesus and his Beloved Disciple) can best be seen for the nonsense it is in Romans, Chapters 1 AND 2 -- they seem to skip 2. They can quote Paul's prologue with abandon, but then they abandon what that prologue leads to, which, after pillorying homosexuality, Paul insists that judgment of others is far worse than homosexuality, because it is idolatry (the worst of all sins, dear fundies!). And also remember, Paul rejects ALL sexuality, but "permits" men (yes, only men) to have sex within marriage, since it is better for men to marry than perish! (Women and slaves are not a concern of Paul's, see, 1 Tim 2:8-15 for example.) While in 1 Timothy, meander over to 1 Timothy 3:15, which states unambiguously that the Church of the living God, not the Bible, is the pillar and bulwark of the truth. Also, 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5 may be helpful, recalling that "scripture" in this text refers to Hebrew Scriptures, since Christian scriptures had yet to come into existence (in fact, this epistle was subsequently adopted as a part of Christian scripture, in the 16th century!)

    The Bible is a beautiful, provocative, and interesting collection of works that tell many different stories. But until Guttenberg in the 16th century, only elites had access to this literature, and yet Christianity flourished and prospered without anyone, but clergy, having anything close to what we call a Bible (no such thing existed even proximately until the fifth century). How, then, did people know anything, if they did not have a Bible? Answer: Because the Bible was merely a "tool" of the Church, for use by the Church, written by Church members, and collected by churchmen over centuries. Remember 1 Tim 3:15, in which the Bible itself claims the Church, not the Bible, is the pillar and bulwark of truth. The Bible is the "Book of Spiritual Perfection," not the literal and inerrant Word of God. Approach the Bible accordingly!...more info
  • Very readable
    I tried reading a different translation of the apocrypha years ago and gave up after a few chapters. This one is very easy to read and understand. While I have not consulted the notes on it much, they are helpful when needed....more info
  • A very liberal and PC study Bible
    The Bible commentaries are written from a decidedly liberal theological perspective. It is obvious that the authors believe the Bible is just a product of ancient myths and storytelling. They disbelieve miracles and explain away prophecy by assigning late dates for the books. Their notes are not balanced and really does not present opposing points of view or evidence to the contrary. More a work of anti-Christian and anti-Jewish propaganda than a balanced, scholarly work. Also, while it is not a bad translation, the NRSV does have some gender-neutrality inserted into it. All in all, I cannot recommend this study Bible. It reads like skeptics and non-believers wrote it. Instead, I would recommend the NIV Study Bible or NKJV Study Bible....more info
  • What is important is not the paper but the content and spiritual fidelity.
    Let us be honest. There are helpful aspects of this study bible but it by no means covers all truly legitimate views and arguments. Rather it seems the commentary is designed by those who are either spiritully dead(having no spirit of faith) or mentally lazy or both.

    All one has to do to understand the deception inherent in any commentary and thus in the writers themselves is read the text and compare it. It is not always wrong but there is a leaven of disingenuous unbelief and dishonesty,masking itself as critical analysis, which destroys the credibility of a scholar(student)and the commitee as a whole.One instance which alerted me to this occured during my perusal of the commentary of the early chapters of Romans dealing with unnatural intercourse(homosexuality), a real test for modern men I guess, and they failed miserably and openly. Any one who reads the text must understand what it plainly says and yet they forthrightly attempt to mislead. What good is this then? If they intentionally attempt to mislead and guide the reader away from the obvious meaning in this, what enables anyone to have confidence they are not doing the same all over, especially in areas where we cannot judge with confidence? This by no means destroys the snmall benefit or miniscule advantage that some may draw from this bible, there is some here and there, but it is by no means authoritative, except in the modern sense where authority means inborne skepticism which makes one believe one has earned power to make things up or decide according to ones imagination without a real discipline.

    So I suggest, you take everything with a grain of salt or the same skepticism they give you,in the notes that is. If you know anything about what goes on in academic circles,and have truly tried or do try always to hear every argument then this annotated bible is not for you, seeing that it is agenda driven, the agenda being determined by a priori assumptions. When all is said and done , one must think for oneself

    There is more that is distasteful, like the simple childlike correlation judgements made by these scholars(students) at every turn especially in Genesis, but I will not get into those. I have personally learned the fallacy and foolishness of such conjecture, it is the idea of unoriginal minds, that wherever there is the slightest similarity there must be connection and borrowing. As I said that is the plague of unoriginal minds who only borrow ideas themselves and so are unfamiliar and cannot conceive anything else with true dialectical reasoning.

    A reveiwer up above has said that the nrsv is a most literal translation. I find this to be a rather terrible wooden translation and much prefer King James(faults and all), the new ESV, or the NIV and if you are desirous of the NRSV I would suggest the "Word Study Greek English New Testament".If you have these you have a representative of the Majority Text as well, which is the the King James, as well as a nice and healthy pool of translations to compare.

    A study bible more worth your consideration, is the NIV Archeological Study Bible.Perhaps a little dose of "Fabricating Jesus" by Evans to go along with it. God bless
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    When you wish to learn the biblical meaning of strange passages this is the book for you. ...more info
  • Upside down pages
    The book is in good condition for the most part, the cover is a bit worn but most of the pages are fine, except that an entire 70 pages in the middle of Apocrypha are upside down (though still in order) and some of those pages are cut or ripped and generally more worn than the rest of the pages....more info
  • The New Oxford Annotated Bible
    What makes this edition of the Bible so atractive to read is the New Oxford Companion to the Bible. They complement each other. Both books are worth to have in any library. Excellent editions....more info
  • The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha, Third Edition (Hardcover 9700A)
    Amazon's service is wonderful. I like it....more info
  • Excellent Resource (Obviously)!
    As a research tool, this edition is perfect for everyone from high school students through Master's studies and everyone in between. As a guide through life, it is filled with easy to follow annotations for clarity and understanding. I highly recommend! ...more info
  • Buy it!!!
    This version of the Bible is great for religion classes or individual study. The notes, introductions, and essays are great for helping to make sense of one of the most difficult books of all time. Great translation, great layout. Definitely my favorite copy of the Bible!!!...more info
  • EXCELLENT Study Bible
    I recently ordered this item for my husband for a Christmas present. We both used it in our religious studies classes and found it an incredibly informative and easy biblical text to use. He loaned it to his brother who liked it so much that he never returned it! This one even has the included Apocrypha, which was a nice extra the earlier edition did not include. DEFINITELY a worthwhile purchase for the price and is good for old or young bible students!...more info
  • Best Bible EVAR
    I've been looking long and hard for a Bible for...a while. I wanted a text as close the original meaning as possible, something I worried that had been compromised in newer versions for the sake of readability and respectability. I'm not saying I wanted unicorns, but if "unicorn" was the most appropriate word for the job I did. And in addition to that I was hoping for an edition with critical scholarship to help better understand what I was reading.

    So far I have been blown way by this Bible. There haven't been any unicorns yet, but the wording in some parts is so completely bizarre it could only come from a much older culture with a significantly different understanding of the world, without any translator trying to make it make sense. I'm specifically thinking about when God creates the dome (which he called the Sky) separating the waters below it, AND above it. You can't make that up, unless you're an ancient Hebrew.

    Additionally the footnotes are amazing. They provide notations about disputes about the translation of specific words, context and glorious cross-references to related biblical content. But I definitely recommend you read through the Biblical text before heading down to the footnotes. The sheer amount of footnotes would break up the flow of the regular text if you tried to read it along the way.

    And there are loads of addition texts from Catholic, Greek and Slavonic Apocrypha. I haven't gotten to them yet, but I am very excited.

    In short, if you reading this for spiritual reasons, it's got everything you'd a expect and maybe some stuff you could take or leave (little essays, notes and footnotes galore). If you're reading this critically, for your faith or otherwise, this has more to offer than any other single Bible I've ever laid eyes on.

    I Love It.

    And there are sea monsters, which I suppose might just be giant squids, but still. Sea Monsters....more info
  • Excellent Bible for Scholarly Study
    This is an excellent source for scholarly study of the Bible. It is meant for those people who wish to study the Bible for seminary purposes or to just read the Bible critically. If this is so, then this is the Bible for you.

    If you are looking for a Bible that will affirm your Christian faith and lift you up, then this Bible is NOT for you. The the straight-forward critical comments will only serve to confuse and frustrate you. You're better off with another study Bible that favors your slant on things. This one is ecumenical and non-biased. Not for those beginning in the faith or feeble in faith. ...more info
  • Why bother
    This is a very extensive study bible using the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. I found it used in a second hand bookstore and bought it to see what it was all about. It is about nothing in reality.

    The Annoted is written from an ecumenical, liberal background that does not regard the Bible as being the sole authority. Many of the book introductions and notes cast doubt on the authorship of the book, doubt on whether or not things really happened the way the bible says, whether or not something the bible says is a sin is really bad or not (homosexuality for one) etc. It seems strange to me that people who obviously don't believe the bible would bother to create a study bible!! If you genuinely believe the bible and in Jesus Christ, avoid this bible. If you are seeking or curious, avoid this bible.

    The only positive thing are the externals of this bible; it is well made and has a nice font. The NRSV version itself is an ecumenical version of the bible, maybe OK for devotional reading, but not study.

    I don't recommend this to any one who is a Christian and truly believes the bible, or to anyone who has questions about Christianity. Get a more conservative study bible that takes Christ and the Bible seriously, like a Ryrie or MacAurthur....more info
  • Solid Work
    I first bought this Bible for a biblical literature class and although I thought it was bulky to carry around, the notes are the best I have seen other than Harper Collins study notes. The are accessible for Bible scholars who are at beginning and advanced levels. I have since gifted this NRSV version to family and friends who are interested in studying the Bible in depth.

    If you are looking for a great study Bible, but not exactly the best "on-the-go" size then I would strongly recommend this Bible to you....more info
  • Comprehensive and instructive
    Wonderful source for Bible research. Thorough notes, indices, maps; comparisons among the many translations and interpretations used by different religions and denominations, historical background, etc. Fascinating to read even if research isn't your goal....more info
  • Another one on the shelf
    The bottom line with Bible study is you can't just use one version if you want to get the original intent without a degree in Greek and Hebrew. This Bible is easy to read in the NRSV while still maintaining a relatively literal translation, so it is good for reading long passages-books at a time. I am not a fan of gender neutrality just for gender neutrality's sake, and this translation does that. And it is clear that the commentary and foot notes where written by rather liberal and not fundamental scholars. For study, I like to put this Bible against my NASB and KJV to get a more clear picture....more info
  • Solid Work
    I first bought this Bible for a biblical literature class and although I thought it was bulky to carry around, the notes are the best I have seen other than Harper Collins study notes. The are accessible for Bible scholars who are at beginning and advanced levels. I have since gifted this NRSV version to family and friends who are interested in studying the Bible in depth.

    If you are looking for a great study Bible, but not exactly the best "on-the-go" size then I would strongly recommend this Bible to you....more info
  • Disciple Bible Class
    I selected this version of the Bible for my Disciple Bible Classes. It gives me the reference information I need to more fully understand the text being studied....more info
  • Essential
    This Bible has incorrectly been called everything from 'the PC Bible' to 'the ungodly "bible"'. This Bible, though, is absolutely essential to someone who may not have access to commentaries who needs an historically reliable resource. If it seems 'ungodly' it is because its annotations may differ from what your Sunday school teacher taught you. But remember, this Bible will not teach you the doctrine of any one church; it is ecumenical and (gasp!) allows the reader to make decisions for themselves. The annotations are not infallible any more than the NRSV text is. But they are excellent (as is the NRSV translation) and worth looking at for reliable information.

    If you want a devotional Bible, look elsewhere. This is for the historically-minded individual who is ready to break the bonds of his Sunday school class. ...more info
  • New Oxford notes are disappointing
    I specifically purchased this edition because I have the earlier edition and love the notes (which are extensive). I am disappointed that information from the earlier edition's notes was omitted from these re-written notes, and I am disappointed with this edition's efforts to be more politically correct and skeptical in tone. I find that, despite some excellent notes and commentary in this edition, I am having to read with my two editions side-by-side in order to get what I want from the text. I had hoped that this edition would be adequate for classes in Biblical literature, but it is not; at least, not without considerable supplementation. However, I must admit that I have not found another current edition any better....more info
  • Biblical Rferences for Serious Students
    This is one of the most Comprehensive learner's Bible to date. History and Relegion come head to head in this new Edition. The only caution about the book is the type of paper. Very thin paper may not satisfy the scribblers of color pens and pencils....more info
  • excellent
    The rise of fundlementlism it seems in all religions and in particular a coworker or two that hold this view of the bible promted me to delve back into the the bible again. This edition is a must have in my opinion as a solid base to understading not only the Christen faith but all the Abrahamic faiths. Very impessive....more info
  • Well Written Annotated Bible
    I bought this as a gift. The recipient told me he was very happy with it. He does a lot of Bible study and seems to be pleased with how this book clarifies and explains the context of what is being said....more info
  • A Best Bible
    The Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version, is one of the best Bibles anyone can own. Introductions to each book plus footnotes are invaluable. Having the Apocrapha in a Bible is recommended, whether you consider this remarkable collection to be "cannon" or not. This is the Bible we award to high school graduates at our Presbyterian church. It may also come in handy if a grad attends college and takes a class on the Bible. Everyone should have several translations, or versions, of the Bible to help in reading and understanding this inspired and timeless volume. But this particular version is the one you should wear out. ...more info