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Holy Bible: The New Revised Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  1,119 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
The Oxford NRSV Bible offers readers an unbeatable combination of quality construction, affordability, and the most accurate translation of the Bible available today.
Churches and homes across America overwhelmingly choose the NRSV for its easy-to-understand translation and its sensitivity to inclusive language. A multi-denominational committee of scholars from around the
Hardcover, 1712 pages
Published April 12th 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 382)
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Aug 04, 2011 Meryld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always wanted to read the Holy Bible cover to cover, and now I will over the next 34 weeks through Disciple sessions beginning Sep 2010. My good friend asked today, "What's 34 weeks of your time on earth if eternity in Heaven is your reward?" Nodded my head and replied, "That's kind of how I see it." Don't want this left on my bucket list. ;~)

New entry - Well finished the Disciple class in May, and read the Bible essentially cover to cover (not every verse of course). However I still need to rea
Jan 27, 2011 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I mean it's the bible. Sooo not giving it a bad review.
Mar 16, 2011 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a functional and portable NRSV w/Apocrypha
Shelves: bible
It seems that all the reviews for this bible are soap box oriented: either digs at the bible in general, or, someone dislikes the version so they are touting about the virtues of the 1611 King James version, etc. This review, however, is based solely upon my observations of the book itself. As such, it will be short, simple, and to the point.

I purchased my copy at a used bookstore. As such, I did not get a dust cover (I hate them anyways) with it, but I did get a bible that had obviously never
Benjamin Vineyard
Initial question:
Will the notes and guided prayer in this book help me pause and dwell with the Lord through the text? Through my day?


Answer: a resounding Yes.

The NRSV Daily Bible is a read-the-Bible-in-a-year devotional Bible that helps the reader pause and dwell on what they've just read - which helps bridge the gap between reading out of a sense of devotion and reading to engage the life of prayer. The goal of the Bible is to train the reader in the wonderful, simple practice of lectio d
Dec 09, 2008 Seth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that 80% of Americans believe this book sets the standard for their core spiritual beliefs frightens me.
For those that wish to control people though, this book is perfect: you can find a verse that will justify anything you wish.
One more thing: My bible has the words of Jesus in red. I found it interesting that when Paul was wandering around converting people he started hearing Jesus' voice in his head. Those words were printed in red! Does that mean the crazy guy on the corner who says
Aug 21, 2007 K.MOHAN RAO rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
... It gives new life to a human being and teaches why i am in this world. And if so, what is the cause.
HOLY BIBLE gives every solution for any puzzles in life.
Gives numerous solutions in what manner should i behave in this world ,whether i am alone or not it doesn't matter ,
And opposes the formality of short span of life.

And tells , everything demolishes even the world before JOY, TRUTH AND LOVE which comes by HOPE.

Bcz, human is superior of any other species thats why it matters a lot what w
Christina Vest wright
I love this digital edition of the Catholic Bible. I bought it because it was the translation used in the Bible Study that I was facilitating. It's easy to navigate (perfect for Bible Study) and I can highlight and enter notes. Having by 'Bible' right there on my phone is perfect!
Jesse Graham
May 13, 2008 Jesse Graham rated it it was ok
pretty good read in the beginning, gets slow for the middle 2000 pages, then gets good again, then has the craziest ending I've ever read
Stephen Richards
Jun 03, 2015 Stephen Richards rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a big problem. Being a Christian, I care about the word of God. There's a scripture, however, in this book that makes no sense to me. This book says that "sodomites" are bad, so bad that they won't even go to Heaven. Are they really that bad? What is a "sodomite," anyway? My dictionary doesn't list "sodomite" at all. It has "sodomy" and "sodomize" in it but no "sodomite" anywhere. If it did, it would be right there with "sodomy" and "sodomize."

My dictionary says that "sodomy" is wh
F Rachel
Dec 28, 2016 F Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent modern translation in the line of the King James and Revised Standard line of Bibles. It stays as close as possible to a literal translation, while updating the language of the English and trying to be more sensitive to ethnic/racial and feminist issues. The translation committee also had a very diverse group of scholars involved from many different traditions and branches of those traditions. This is reflected well in the translation. It has some weaknesses in the translation i ...more
Heather G
Jan 03, 2017 Heather G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Clear!

This is the first time I have read the Bible all the way through. The words were easy to understand and the translation made a lot of sense.
Mar 30, 2012 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bible is one of those books that is central to Western Civilization that I would think many people never read cover-to-cover. Factor in also that many of the reviews I see here are either Christians more or less calling it the only book you will ever have to read, while various athiests and such seem to be blaming the Bible for every wrong thing a Christian has ever done. I'm not really all that spiritual, and I would never blame a book for its readers, or else I'd never be able to deal with ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He shall judge between the nations and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks;... Isaiah 2.4

Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare war, stir up the warriors. Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up. Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears;... Joel 3.10

He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plo
Daniel Wright
I don't review the Bible: the Bible reviews me.

On the other hand, I may review a particular edition of it. I mainly picked up this one because I was looking for an edition of the apocrypha and this was the one I found, and in any case I was interested in trying the NRSV, as it was recommended by my church and my university's theology department.

The typography of the edition that I have is certainly the most aesthetically pleasing of any Bible I have - I do wish more publishers would pay attentio
Sep 28, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Hard to rate this book, given that there are several camps in terms of the perspective for approaching this book. Personally, I was reading this book as literature, to get some background on literary references and themes I see constantly when reading fiction in general.

I don't really have the tools to gauge the quality of this particular edition of the Bible, but it was recommended on a reading list for literature perspective. I didn't spot any inaccuracies, and the footnotes were supremely he
HarperOne (an imprint of HarperCollins)
For the first time ever, the beloved NRSV Bible text is divided into 365 readings with prayers and meditations for each day of the year. Readings are not dated like in other one-year Bibles, nor have they been rearranged to fit a particular reading plan, so not only can this daily reading Bible be started at any time of year, but it will help readers follow the biblical narrative in order as they read the Scripture from start to finish. Each reading in The Daily Contemplative Bible only takes 10 ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Gregg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
I really appreciate this edition of the Apocrypha and its companion, the NRSV Cambridge Annotated Study Bible. THe print is small and I'd love a handier edition (with larger print, how can I get both?), still its contribution is the tone and manner of the twin volumes.

I've used it in a Bible study of books included in Roman Catholic and Orthodox canons but excluded in the Protestant canon, along with a cursory review of other books general excluded from all three. The notes are great and the int
Betsy Boo
Aug 26, 2009 Betsy Boo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious I decided to read the Bible because I had never read it all the way through and I realized that I wanted to be able to comment when people use Bible passages for their own purposes. I had read the NT a bunch of times but only read a little of the OT. Well, I have to say it is kind of freaking me out. There are a lot of drawbacks to reading something that was translated from another language, especially a dead language and I can't help but think that maybe someone got some of it wrong. In ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Bobbettylou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New Year's resolution fulfilled: read the entire Bible including the Apocrypha in 2012.

I'm not sure if it is proper to write a review of the sacred scriptures! Sort of like psychoanalyzing your mother. Just a few notes.

I was glad to be finished with the OT, although there are certainly marvelous spots, like some of the Psalms, much of Isaiah and Genesis 1 & 2. But I could do without all the wars. Even though the battle tactic is usually "stand and see the salvation of the lord, the battle is
On the invention of detail -- did it happen in the novel or here?

"My heart is indeed like wine
that has no vent;
like new wineskins, it is ready to burst,
I must speak, so that I may find relief;
I must open my lips and answer." (Job, 32:19)

"I am poured out like water
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast,
my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay in me like a dust of death." (Psalm 22)

Also, to be clear, I read this for
Aug 16, 2009 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the whole bible yet. I mainly enjoy the New Testament and Psalms/Proverbs. I could never hope to read it in a year. Sometimes I may chew on one verse for a week. It is so rich. I wish I had a love of the scriptures above all things, but I am easily distracted. So I walk away from them for awhile and then come back after a while and am enthralled for a week... then I wander off and then come back. Its kind of the same with prayer. I once asked a buddy if he had trouble with his min ...more
Oct 06, 2011 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading the Bible with the Apocrypha is an incredible experience after having read the abridged, shortened, condensed versions (66 books). Coming from the understanding that both the eastern and western churches have considered the Apocrypha canonical from the commissioning of the Church, and finding that it was removed only by the Protestant church in the early 19th century, I am moved to read it as if it was the very Word of God.

These views concerning the Apocrypha have left me feeling robbed
Matt Maples
Jan 22, 2016 Matt Maples rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, logos
The NRSV version of the Bible has been on my list of Bible versions that I've wanted to read for several years. I am especially glad that I read it because it was the first time that I had read through all of the Apocryphal Books of the Bible. I now plan to read these books each year with my annual Bible reading plans. The language of the NRSV is on the formal side, but the translation is pretty good in my opinion. It's not my favorite version of the Bible, but I think that it's pretty good. But ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great compact Bible; I love that the font is sans serif which is hard to find these days. The size it great about 7" x 5.5" x 1.5", nice and light with a durable cover. Not an excessive amount of see-thru between the pages either, very easy to read in that respect. I don't like that the NRSV seems to favour Greek meanings over the Hebrew which will be in footnotes, gets very annoying, but physical the Bible is great. The Apocrypha is together in between the OT and NT (Ester is reprinted entirely ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Can't say i read every line, but there are some great stories. Noah's story is pretty good and it shows the true wrath of a spiteful, vengeful god.

My only suggestion is to not read it like a history book because it's plagued with historical inaccuracies. Read it more like a book of fairy tales.

But i will warn you, it can get a bit preachy at times, so don't read it like the 'bible' if you don't like that sort of stuff.
Aug 27, 2008 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This edition is from 1989 that I had for a class. It is (at the time of writing) the most true to the actual Hebrew and Greek texts. It gets repetitive in places, but it is very good. There are some interesting takes by people about what is in the Bible, but it is more interesting to see what is actually in there. I am still in the Old Testament (1 Samuel). It will take me awhile to finish it.
Apr 29, 2007 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, non-fiction
I mean, anything supposedly written though the direct inspiration of an all-powerful deity has got to be ok. In all seriousness though, as a student of religion this is my go-to bible for any reference or interested reading. The translation is one of the best modern translations and was done by a panel of biblical scholars in Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic etc. making it probably the most accurately translated Bible and the one preferred for most scholarly work.
Jeannie Walker
Sep 28, 2013 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isn't it wonderful that we can buy a Bible in such an easy way without living the comfort of our easy chair. This one is easy to read and would be great for children. The first book I ever read and studied as a child was a Holy Bible. What better way to learn how to live our lives!

Jeannie Walker Award Winning Author
I Saw the Light
Jan 16, 2013 Gloria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-spirit
I have nowhere near completed reading this Bible, but I do want to recommend the format. The bulk of it is a standard Bible, but what makes this special is the insertion on each page of the lectio divina method of understanding and personalizing the passages. Lectio Divina has four steps: read, reflect, prayer, and contemplate action. This is an intentionally slow way to read scripture. In this book, the lectio divina is included as an inset with prompts for each of the four steps.
Chad Lamb
My first Bible that I bought as an adult. I still haven't read the Apochryphal books, but I finally finished reading the Bible only a few years ago. Who can ever say that the Bible isn't one of the most amazing, living texts known to man? This is the Word of God and is something that continues to speak to me every time I pick it up.
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