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The Oxford Bible Commentary
     

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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by John Barton (Editor), John Muddiman (Editor)
 

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Whether you see the Bible as the living word of God, or as a highly significant document from the ancient world, or as one of the classic works of world literature, The Oxford Bible Commentary will put in your hands everything you need to study and understand the biblical text.

Here is a monumental, line-by-line critical commentary on the Bible, covering all the

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Whether you see the Bible as the living word of God, or as a highly significant document from the ancient world, or as one of the classic works of world literature, The Oxford Bible Commentary will put in your hands everything you need to study and understand the biblical text.

Here is a monumental, line-by-line critical commentary on the Bible, covering all the books that appear in the NRSV. An essential reference work, this definitive book provides authoritative, non-denominational commentary written by an international team of more than 70 leading scholars from various religious backgrounds. Incorporating the latest research, the contributors examine the books of the Bible in exhaustive detail, taking a historical-critical approach that attempts to shed light on the scriptures by placing them in the context in which their first audiences would have encountered them, asking how they came to be composed and what were the purposes of their authors. The Commentary includes a general introduction, extensive introductions to both testaments and the Apocrypha, and briefer introductions to the particular books, plus an essay with commentary on important post-biblical Jewish and Christian literature. Each article concludes with a bibliography that points the reader toward the most important supplemental works in English, including major reference works, introductions, and so forth.

A truly stunning work of biblical scholarship, The Oxford Bible Commentary will be an invaluable resource for pastors preparing a sermon, for students, for those in study or discussion groups, and indeed for anyone—whether Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox Christian—who seeks a clearer perspective on a text that has been held in reverence for thousands of years. The OBC features a Logos Library System CD-ROM that, once unlocked, gives the reader access to its text and that of the New Revised Standard Version Bible. The CD is fully compatible with all Logos products.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A very fine work and a useful addition to any study bookshelf." —Church Review

"[A] magnificent, supremely scholarly volume. Indispensible to clergy, lay preachers, students, adult members of congregations and those just interested in the Bible as literature, it provides an up to date, clear, verse by verse explanation of all the books of the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Apocrypha... After carefully examining this brilliant authoritative volume, I unreservedly recommend it to anyone who wishes to understand the Bible more fully." —Ronald S. Mallone, Day by Day

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Written by a team of more than 70 Christian and Jewish scholars from around the globe, The Oxford Bible Commentary is one of the most comprehensive one-volume commentaries available. Edited by John Barton and John Muddiman, the entries are arranged in biblical order, with verse-by-verse discussions of meaning, context and language. If the tome is too hefty or unwieldy to use, never fear: each book comes packaged with a sampler CD-ROM, which allows readers to easily search and cross-reference the books of Genesis and Matthew. The entire text is available on CD-ROM for an additional fee. (Oxford, $65 1,488p ISBN 0-19-875500-7; Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Every few years, a new Bible commentary or a new edition of an existing one appears. This allows new voices to be added to the conversation and recent developments in biblical and related studies to be showcased. For this volume, Barton (Holy Scripture, Oxford) and Muddiman (New Testament, Oxford) chose more than 70 well-known and respected biblical scholars as contributors, many of whom have written extensively in the area of their assignment. Though many of the contributions reflect moderate critical scholarship, there are some surprises. For example, traditional attributions of authorship for James and 2 Peter are accepted. The content of this volume is similar to other one-volume commentaries, with two notable exceptions. There are brief chapters on "Post-Biblical Jewish Literature" and "Extra-Cannical Early Christian Literature," dealing with such writings as the Pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls and with the New Testament Apocrypha and the Apostolic Fathers, respectively. These chapters contain excerpts but no commentaries. Some contributors engage in interpretation of the text while not ignoring exegetical details; others focus almost exclusively on the latter. Both approaches provide useful information, though perhaps to different audiences. The only real drawback here is that while most chapters have bibliographies, some are quite skimpy. Highly recommended for all academic and many public libraries. Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199277186
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1416
Sales rank:
402,221
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.70(d)

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Meet the Author

John Barton is Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. John Muddiman is G. B. Caird Fellow in New Testament Studies in Mansfield College, Oxford.

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Oxford Bible Commentary 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Alabama-Episcopalian More than 1 year ago
This volumes brings excellent Bible scholarship to one convenient book. I keep it next to my Oxford New Revised Standard Version Bible. It has been a great addition to my Bible study, and provides wonderful background for teaching and presentations.
TedMorgan More than 1 year ago
In a field of excellent one-volume Bible commentaries, this is the most up-to-date one. Like an earlier reviewer, I keep it at hand for my studies. The editors certainly seem two of the most qualified scholars to make such a work. The contributors have excellent credentials. The commentary covers by verse the entire canon of scriptures for Christians and Jews. The price is fair-even inexpensive--when the reader considers the wealth of resources in this single book.
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