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The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha (New Revised Standard Version)

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Countless students, professors & general readers alike have relied upon The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha for essential scholarship & guidance to the world of the Bible. Now the Augmented 3rd Edition adds to the established reputation of this premier academic resource. A wealth of new maps, charts & diagrams further clarify information found in ...more
Published October 17th 1991 by Oxford University Press (first published 1920)
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Dylan
Feb 01, 2009 Dylan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Dylan by: Door to door salesman
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Mizo ۞ [منذر]
الكتاب المقدس ....
او بالانجليزي the holy bible .
للمسلمين : من يتبع هذا الكتاب يسمون "أهل الكتاب".
أريد أن اوضح قبل أي شيء ؛ شيئا مهما غاب عن معظم المسلمين :
- الكتاب المقدس ليس "الانجيل"
أولا : ان الكتاب المقدس ينقسم الى قسمين : العهد القديم والعهد الجديد .
العهد القديم يتألف من كتب التوراة الخمسة : التي ينسبها اليهود والنصارى الى النبي موسى عليه السلام .
وكتب الأنبياء أيضا وكتب المزامير التي يعتقد أنها هي نفسها "الزبور" التي نؤمن ان الله اوحاها الى النبي داود عليه السلام . وكما أنها تحتوي على عدة كت
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Mark
Jan 01, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jesus. This is a rare instance where I wish I could give a book both a 1 star and 5 star rating; it was simultaneously one of the worst and best books I've ever read. It's confusing and repetitive and boring. It's also entertaining and informative and philosophical (Ecclesiastes stands out as a high point). I sincerely think it should be read by Westerners so they can better understand our culture. Reading even the first few chapters of Genesis you stumble over numerous phrases and images you'll ...more
Liz Dehoff
This is by far my favorite translation, and it's filled with historical and linguistic footnotes. Large and unwieldy, sure, but this is an excellent reference for lay(wo)men and students alike.
Maureen
Sep 12, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maureen by: Disciple Bible Study
Shelves: reference, religion
What did I NOT learn from this book?

This is the version of the Bible that I now use, and of the Bibles I have owned, it is the most useful. There are a number of essays at the beginning and end of the book, color maps, timelines, and all sorts of other information. Each chapter of the Bible is preceded by an introduction, placing the writing in a historical context. There are extensive footnotes on every page, explaining unfamiliar words and concepts, citing other scriptures where the ideas in t
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Karen Locklear
Jul 25, 2011 Karen Locklear rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." -- Paul Simon

Anyway . . .

This is what I like about The New Oxford Annotated Bible:

1. At the beginning of each book, you get a very detailed, literary, historical, and theological criticism. This is useful in understanding the context, which is imperative when reading The Bible appropriately.

2. The footnotes are incredible. It goes into explanation of word choices and translational issues.

3. Holds The Apocrypha, something I've never
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Katie
Dec 04, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i skipped a few sections, but it was decent. lots of inconsistencies, continuity errors, etc. some nice poetry. would recommend to others who like scifi and fantasy.
Wolf
Nov 30, 2009 Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one should own a bible.

If you must, use this one. It's rather well translated and the notes are excellent.

A warning- keep out of the reach of children and the gullible.
Ben Atkins
Jan 08, 2015 Ben Atkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
February 2012 I set out to read the Bible in one year. I felt that I had probably read the whole thing, almost certainly the New Testament, but with-out the context or continuity. I added an extra 3 months to add the Apocrypha. I started out using the NIV and the King James. After a couple of months I added this edition of the NRSV, after a few more months I was reading this version exclusively. I even purchased a second copy so that I could keep one at work and one at home making it easier to k ...more
Chris Sosa
Jun 20, 2012 Chris Sosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Bible on the market for students and those in need of a biblical reference source. Scholarly introductions, comprehensive annotation, and the addition of little known apocryphal material make this NRSV Bible a stellar choice among the crowded market of often sub-par biblical versions and translations.
Alex
Okay, this is the correct version of the New Testament. This one right here.
Marc
Mar 29, 2013 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've collected and discarded countless study Bibles over the past twenty years, from topical, devotional Bibles like the Life Application to hardcore scholarly Bibles like the NOAB 2nd Edition, and almost everything in between. A few years ago, I settled on the Catholic NAB for its rigorous--and surprisingly fair--notes and commentary, and for its valuable apocrypha. That Bible, however, suffers from a very slack, lackluster translation.

The 4th edition of the NOAB is, in my opinion, the very be
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James
This is the version I advise my students to get and to use.

The translation is, mostly, good. (Now and then I have a few quibbles, but no translation is going to be ultimately satisfying.) The notes are excellent, however, and set the texts in cultural contexts briefly but (again, usually) accurately. The editors are highly informed.
Karianna
Jan 15, 2009 Karianna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: morons and warmongers
Recommended to Karianna by: a pastor
If I could have given this half a star I would have. On top of multiple historical inaccuracies most of what is written has been proven to have belonged to previously existing religious cultures such as the Norse, Druid, and Egyptian people. I must admit though, after reading it through the first time and vomiting, I went back the second time from a non-biased point of view and looked at it in a professional capacity and can easily see how it led to the bloodiest, most violent culture in human h ...more
Comicfairy (Leanne)
Recommended for a class regarding Judaism and Christianity in their Formative Period, I knew this Oxford classic would be good reading once it was recommended by my [Atheist] Professor from Princeton! Haha.

An excellent tool for any religious scholar, this tome (when not being used as a massive doorstop) includes everything a modern scholar could wish for: suggestions, charts and diagrams, essays, timelines, maps, numerous citations, etc. Loved the addition of the Apocrypha and the chapter/book i
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Kathy
Oct 14, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all the versions of the Bible that I have read, I find this one the most helpful. I have read about 2/3 of this version with intense study of the Old Testament (EFM)and find the annotation extremely helpful. The more I learn about how the Bible was originally written and how changes and translations have been made over the decades, I find myself getting closer and closer to my understanding of truth. In particular, the references to original language are really revealing. Other versions of th ...more
Johnnelle Walker
The NRSV might be my new favorite translation. I also loved the background, at the beginning of each book, about authorship, naming, canonical status, structure, historical context, literary history and more! This is a great read from multiple angles. It is excellent literature, with a multitude of genres in an easy to read format. It is also, and in my opinion most importantly, the literary foundation of the Judeo-Christian faith.
Heather
Aug 13, 2013 Heather marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
switching over to this for my New Testament study this year. Opening my KJV with columns and footnotes makes me want to just skim it and get it over with, like pulling a band aid. I'm hoping the novelty of this will get me through the rest of the NT. That's probably terrible to say, but whatever, you do what you got to do.
Skylar Burris
I'll have to check this out for my next read through of the Bible. I've read multiple versions but do not believe I have ever made it through the NRSV, and of course I'm sure the notes will offer a different (and probably decisviely more liberal) perspective than the notes in most of the study Bibles I have read.
Patricia
The 1991 version by Metzger and Murphy is the best addition of this book and the one we used at USC. The newer version has deleted apocryphal information that is important to the text.
Betsey Brannen
Jun 05, 2012 Betsey Brannen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The absolute best study Bible on the market. I purchased mine in 1998 for a college class on The Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). I just used it Sunday morning in class.
Annie B.
Jul 22, 2009 Annie B. is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
God is Everywhere he is the reason whe are! i believe in the holy trinity,, and i want God to lead me on the road to everlasting life
CD Halterman
Jan 13, 2015 CD Halterman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspiring, unfinished
Love this version. Finished New Testament and enjoyed many essays. Will continue to read and re-read over the years.
Adara
Nov 28, 2014 Adara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Rated as an academic resource.
AM
Jun 03, 2012 AM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely one of the best bibles you can own for reference and pleasure reading... from a literary standpoint. And of course, as someone interested in western culture, literature, poetry, or philosophy, you cannot afford to overlook this work--a touchstone for most or much of our thinking and literature.

If you haven't read it, start with the first chapter: Genesis. A brilliant accounting of the first week of the universe itself. Also of the first humans (they got off to a good start; b
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Rachel
Aug 23, 2011 Rachel marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a Christian, but Book of John makes the story of Jesus compelling. It's one of the more beautifully written parts of the Bible I have read, along with the Song of Songs. It's lyrical while also telling a story. Here are some of my favorite lines, and my responses:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
(John 1:1)

"The Word" means the Old Testament, but taken generally this is a powerful statement about stories and the written word, why we remember
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Ronspross
I'm in a Sunday School project to read through the bible in 90 days (using NRSV, but not the apocrypha). I've read most of the Bible already, and could tell you about just about all of the books in it, but have never read it all the way through from one end to the other. I consider myself very well informed on the content of the Bible; nevertheless, this project has been, to my very great and pleasant surprise, very interesting and exciting. (Religiously, I am very "liberal" -- I believe the Bib ...more
Emily
May 26, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the life of Christ or early Christians
April 11, 2011 The Book of Luke from this edition of the Bible

I love Luke, because of its equal treatment of men and women and also because it's the Gospel that, to me, most brings Jesus to life, stressing his "human-ness." My guess is that if Jesus came back today, he'd be weeping over the fact that 2000 years ago he tried to teach us about love, and we still haven't gotten it.

April 15, 2011 The Book of Genesis from this edition of the Bible

Okay, so what I'd completely forgotten about the Book
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Doug Conroy
May 14, 2011 Doug Conroy rated it really liked it
…Pretty hilarious, to me, as well to anybody it should be, to write a review of this book. One can either be blindly and blithely subjective or conjecture that the book already is a review, of sorts. This one’s going to take a while for me to read. It’s already been a while. I’ve been at it, off and on, for about six months and am only on the second book of Chronicles, so far. In case anyone’s never read, the OT’s a real laugh-riot; really leaving one with insight in these “center-right” times a ...more
Adam
Jan 03, 2009 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
It took a year, but I read the whole thing. Okay, not the apocrypha, but all the canonical stuff. Although the pace required breadth over depth, the overall experience was very enriching. I liked steeping myself in scripture almost every day and getting a bird's eye view of God's promises, his plans for Israel and the prophecies fulfilled in Jesus. Some of my favorite books were Ecclesiastes, which is packed with philosophy and world-weary wisdom, Romans, which covers an amazing amount of doctri ...more
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