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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664223717
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 2232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce C. Birch is Dean and Woodrow W. and Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is a contributing author to volume II of the New Interpreter's Bible and The Old Testament: A Theological Introduction.

Brian K. Blount is President and Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Secondary Education in Richmond, Virginia. He is the coauthor of Preaching Mark in Two Voices and Making Room at the Table and the author of Can I Get a Witness?, all available from WJK.

Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is one of the most popular preachers in the United States today. He is the author of several books, including The Senses of Preaching (WJK), Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible, and Whispering the Lyrics: Sermons for Lent and Easter.

Gail R. O'Day is A. H. Shatford Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia.

W. Sibley Towner is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of How God Deals With Evil and David, a volume in the Interpretation commentary series.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Great Resource

    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:

    Commentary approach:
    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."

    Discipleship approach:
    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."

    Historical approach:
    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    At Last - A True Study Bible

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2009

    Excellent Study Bible for Disciples Living Today

    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.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Practicing Well what you Profess.

    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.

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    Posted December 8, 2009

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