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The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,151 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Students, professors and general readers alike have relied upon The Oxford Annotated Bible for essential scholarship and guidance to the world of the Bible for nearly four decades. Now a new editorial board and team of contributors have completely updated this classic work. The result is a volume which maintains and extends the excellence the Annotated's users have come to ...more
Hardcover, Third Edition (Hardcover College Edition), 1796 pages
Published January 25th 2001 by Oxford University Press (first published 1920)
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Feb 01, 2009 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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Apr 14, 2012 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
Monzer ۞
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
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maureen by: Disciple Bible Study
Shelves: religion, reference
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
Karen Locklear
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I learned? Too much to write here!

Most of all I learned that I should have read this earlier!
It's basic cultural literacy. So many phrases are part of our language but I never knew the source. So much wisdom. So much history. And I listened to the KJV on CD and parts are breathtakingly beautiful.

I also learned, going straight through the old-new testaments, that they are so much alike it was sometimes hard to tell which one I was listening to. I think the New Testament was strongly influe
Sep 11, 2008 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.
Nov 30, 2009 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.
Benjamin Atkins
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2018. Think I'll reread the introductory essays.
Michael Walker
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible
English Bible translations fall somewhere along a continuum between a woodenly literal rendition and a free, or liberal, style. An example of the former is the venerable King James Version with its flowery 17th-c. language, and the modern-sounding "The Message," as rendered by its translator, Eugene Peterson. The present work is an attempt to update the RSV. On the above-referenced continuum it falls between the KJV and the New International Version (NIV), the latter an attempt to strike a judic ...more
Chris Sosa
Jun 20, 2012 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.
Okay, this is the correct version of the New Testament. This one right here.
Oct 24, 2012 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
Jan 15, 2009 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
Jan 22, 2012 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
Madeleine Lesieutre
It’s funny it only occured to me that Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” references King David as I was going through all of my bible notes, figuring out what to write for this review. David played the chord that pleased the Lord. David saw Bathsheba bathing on the roof. I can’t believe it took me this long to get that, but I never really thought about it before.

This book reminded me of books too. There was this one that I read when I was about ten. It was about a Jewish girl, and she was defending h
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.
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.
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.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book of facts, it is a book of truth. Compelling and astonishing, maddening and confusing, never boring, evidence of a living presence for me. I cannot finish reading this book, even once I've read every page.
I prefer this translation politically, the James aesthetically, and the Geneva for literary history (i.e. to tie to Marlowe, Shakespeare, et al.).
Betsey Brannen
Jun 05, 2012 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.
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.
Annie B.
Jul 22, 2009 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
Dec 15, 2011 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.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
*Rated as an academic resource.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always wanted to read the Bible from the first page of the Old Testament to the last page of The New Testament. It is a bucket list item for me. I wanted to read and understand why there is so much conflict over religion and educate myself on the life of Jesus. However, when I went to choose a Bible to read that was an OVERWHELMING task. I am Catholic, but I wanted to read a version of the Bible that was used by scholars as their study Bible. It took a couple of years to decide on The New Oxfo ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What to say in a review of the Bible? It is a profound experience to read the Bible -I did it as part of my Education for Ministry class. We read the Hebrew Bible in year one--2015 to 2016 school year--and the New Testament in Year 2--2016-17. We did not read the Apocrypha and it has taken me additional time for that. I am certain this will not be the end of my reading of this book. My goal in signing up for EfM was to read the entire Bible--and I did it. The class and the experience was so much ...more
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Michael Coogan is Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. For several decades, he has taught an introductory course on the Hebrew Scriptures at Harvard University, as well as at Wellesley College, Boston College, and Stonehill College. One of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, he is the author of The Old Test ...more
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