New Revised Standard Version New Interpreter's Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha (Hardcover with Dust Jacket)

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The New Interpreter’s Study Bible brings the best of biblical scholarship to the service of the Church. In this new edition based on The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible with Apocrypha, sixty distinguished scholars have provided background and insight on the biblical text. Features include extensive historical and theological annotations on the biblical text; brief introductions and outlines for each biblical book; excursuses giving further background and insight regarding particular themes and passages;...
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Overview

The New Interpreter’s Study Bible brings the best of biblical scholarship to the service of the Church. In this new edition based on The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible with Apocrypha, sixty distinguished scholars have provided background and insight on the biblical text. Features include extensive historical and theological annotations on the biblical text; brief introductions and outlines for each biblical book; excursuses giving further background and insight regarding particular themes and passages; and nineteen commissioned maps detailing the biblical world at various historical periods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687278329
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 2298
  • Sales rank: 100,313
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.12 (d)

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Walter Harrelson, retired, was University Professor at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible emeritus at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Brilliant - a MUST for serious Bible study

    Some people want a Bible which has been adapted to suit the tastes of a particular sect or group, such as the ESV or the NIV. The majority prefer to use a Bible which has been translated without bias from the best available critical texts - the NRSV is the best available translation at this time. Some people want a Study Bible which tells them what to believe and how to believe it, thus keeping everyone in line (e.g. NIV Study Bible, Life Application Study Bible). Many people prefer to consult a Study Bible in which the facts are presented from a more historical-critical point of view; the reader is left to make up his or her own mind about what to accept and what to reject (New Oxford Annotated NRSV 3rd ed.[NOAB], HarperCollins Study Bible [HCSB] and the Cambridge Annotated Study Bible NRSV). For those in that last group, the New Interpreter's Study Bible (NISB) is a very welcome addition. If you already own the Oxford or HarperCollins, then purchase this volume for use alongside. If you are considering the Cambridge, get this one instead. The study notes are somewhat more detailed than in the Oxford and HarperCollins. On page 5 the book of Genesis starts. There is only room for the first 5 verses, the rest of the space being taken up by notes and an excursus. This is actually quite exceptional. Generally the pages are 60% Bible text and 40% notes. A nice touch is that proper names in the Bible text have been broken down into syllables as was the case in the RSV. Looking at Isaiah 7:14 as most conservative believers tend to do, we see that the NRSV translates 'young woman' correctly from the Massoretic text. Among the notes at the bottom of the page is a 'Special Note' explaining how Matthew came to use the word 'virgin' in his Gospel. Throughout the volume there are so-called 'Excursus' sections. These 'give more extended treatment to texts, themes and ideas that deserve special attention...' (page XV). A few of the subjects covered: Biblical Ambivalence to Government; Creation: Ordering Chaos; The Eucharist in John; Gender in Genesis; Two Flood Narratives; Paul and the Law. The Apocrypha is included in this edition. These books are well worth reading. Strange to think that some Christians do not even know of their existance!! The Apocrypha gets the same detailed treatment as the rest of the Bible. Add to all this some interesting essays on various topics (e.g. The Reliability of Scripture, the Inpsiration of Scripture, Culture and Religion Amont the Ancuent Israelites etc.) and some maps and you have a superb guide to the Bible. Of course, one must not forget the introductions to each book plus an outline. The language used is not such that only academics can understand it. The content of the notes and essays is of the highest academic value. Quite a feat! I must emphasize that owning and using more than one Study Bible is preferable if you want a large, accurate picture of things. you will find yourself leaning towards one Study bible, but the other will provide other insights. Thus the NISB plus either the NOAB or the HCSB, or even all three! Is there anything negative to say? Yes: the lack of cross-references either between the columns or in the margin. The Cambridge is the only Study Bible in the NRSV to have them. A missed opportunity by Abingdon Press. The paper used is very thin so you can see the print from the next page. But it is not distracting. The hardback binding is not as good as the NOAB or the HCSB which means the paper easily crinkles. One would expect better for the price. Unfortunately the copy of the book that arrived at my house was of a sub-standard quality. In fact such a book should never have been allowed to leave the printers. I have mailed Abingdon about this and will post their reaction in a follow-up. Such a pity that a lack of quality control should marr an otherwise great book. I hope this is an exception and not the norm for Abingdon pub

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Solid Study Bible

    This is a solid study Bible. The editors are top-notch students of the Bible, well known for their creative biblical criticism. Excellence and importance marks their individual scholarly work. Some of this scholarship emerged in innovative streams of modern scholarship such as gender studies and scripture.

    The contributors include a large assemblage of distinguished scholars. I find this study Bible more theological driven than other ecumenical study Bibles that use the New Revised Standard Version text. Nevertheless, the varied academic backgrounds and diverse traditions of contributors impress me.

    A study Bible is always somewhat limited simply because there is much to explore in study of scripture. However, the notes are extensive for a study Bible. The excursuses summarize important themes. The aim behind this study Bible differs from that of the famous Oxford Study Bibles that use either the Revised Standard Version or the New Revised Standard texts or either edition of the Harper Collins Study Bible. I think it applies directly to Christian study of scripture. I do not use this study Bible as often as I use some of the other study Bibles I own. I think that is simply because I think less about scripture from doctrinal points-of-view than I once did.

    I think this is a good study Bible for pastors to use in church Bible studies they conduct. In addition, I think Sunday school teachers would find it helpful.

    I fault Abingdon for an unusually unattractive cover behind the dust jacket. However, the layout of the book is attractive and helpful.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Excellent choice for studying the bible

    LOVE this bible! I bought a few for a bible study. I wanted a bible that wouldn't just interpret but would tell me what the interpretation was based on so I could decide for myself. It gives the pronunciations as you are reading and the format of the notes are very easy to ready. The Harper Collins was nowhere as easy to read. Life Application was great but just interprets for you. This breaks down all the varius authors while still being understandable. Other wordings and interpretations are discussed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2009

    For the true student, in class or out...

    To begin: the NRSV is more readable than many versions, but I attend Bible study classes because context is a major clue to understanding the nuances. This Bible contains extensive notes, and provides that context and views I would not have thought of on my own. Bible study classes at my church are not always as in-depth as my curiosity is--this Bible fills that gap.

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