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Other NRSV study Bibles provide factual information about the biblical text, but don't include extensive guidance for Christian living. The Discipleship Study Bible is unique in offering both. Its annotations emphasize the personal and communal implications of the Bible for today without sacrificing the tools needed for understanding the ancient texts on their own terms. In combining these approaches to Bible study, a group of gifted writers, editors, and scholars have produced a truly comprehensive resource that includes introductory essays to each book of the Bible by top-notch contemporary Bible scholars; the complete text of the New Revised Standard Version, including Apocrypha; a chronology of the events and literature of ancient Israel and early Christianity; a concise concordance; and eight pages of color maps.
Posted August 17, 2009
The Discipleship Study Bible (DSB) was released by Westminster John Knox Press in June of 2008 and retails for $39.99.
The DSB offers both background and commentary in an academic format, while also addressing the needs of spiritual growth (discipleship). Combining these two approaches, of understanding the text in the historical setting and in the contemporary setting, serves to set the DSB apart.
The DSB is organized around the following features (p. xii):
. Comments by an outstanding team of internationally known biblical scholars.
. Features common to most study Bibles, with basic information that helps make the ancient witness understandable to modern readers.
. Notes that attempt to make connection with the entire range of the Christian life.
. The use of the NRSV translation of the biblical text.
Other features of the DSB include:
. Introduction to the history and formation of the NRSV translation
. Full Apocrypha
. 8 full-color maps
. 69 pages of concordance, including biographies of biblical people
. Brief chronology, beginning in 2000BCE with the Ancestors and Exodus and concluding with the destruction of the second temple in 70CE
. Extended introductions to each biblical book (ranging from 1-6 pages)
. Study notes and commentary
Additionally, the DSB is printed with a nice medium-sized font and heavily bound in hardback.
The greatest strength of the DSB, aside from its excellent team of scholars, are the notes found in the footing. They carry a nice balance of commentary, discipleship, and historical data. This is a very unique feature and provides a wonderful study tool for the reader. Examples of each approach include:
Psalm 119:22-23: "Often accused of being legalistic, the psalm clearly suggests the psalmist is not materially rewarded for his or her faithfulness. Rather, she or he is scorned and persecuted here. Thus this servant (v. 17) is a suffering servant."
Luke 1:46-55: "Mary's Song-It is impossible to overestimate the significance of Mary's hymn, the Magnificat. The only extended speech in all of Luke-Acts attributed to a female character, it casts Mary as a prophet.The vision of social justice that Mary prophesies here reappears at the center of Jesus' mission, in Jesus' parables, and in Jesus' teaching on discipleship, where he reminds his hearers, 'What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.' For Luke, discipleship is a life that embraces the gospel's call to justice and counters the widening gap between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless."
Sirach 29:1-20: "On lending and borrowing-Absent a system of banking, lending or providing surety for a loan were individual acts that assisted someone less well off. Potential dangers accompanied these individual acts of kindness. Lenders often failed to get back what they lent, and those providing surety could easily lose the resources they offered."
With a concentration on social justice and personal piety, I have found the DSB to be a refreshing approach to the typical study Bible format. The extended introductions and the well-balanced study notes make this an excellent resource for all those interested in extending their understanding of the Bible while deepening their faith and commitment to themselves and others through discipleship.
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Posted December 12, 2009
I have studied the Bible for more than 30 years -- including getting into original meanings of the Hebrew and Greek words. However, I often came away with more questions than answers when I would look at various other study Bibles. I originally purchased this study Bible as part of an intensive Bible study that I recently began. It is amazing. It truly catches the essence of the period in which texts are written and provides commentaries that help answer my questions rather than creating new ones. I highly recommend this study Bible to anyone who is serious about studying both the old and new testaments.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2009
Incredible Grace oriented editorial group with consistent and faithful commmentary and explanation of translations. Complete with Apocrypha. Using with Wilke Disciple I and is excellent complement to the Study. Very contemporary and might be considered too "liberal" by strict interpetationists.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2009
This Bible is strong in showing believers the truth and intent of Biblical Doctorines. It is uniques in examining the consequences of actions taken by the people whose lives are encapsulated within its' pages. It really continually asks the reader to " Consider the Cost" and think well and throughly what it TRULY means to be a servant of Jesus Christ.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2009
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