The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version: College Edition Hardcover – Mar 15 2007
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"The New Oxford Annotated Bible with its excellent footnotes and concise introductory materials has a thoroughness and clarity that should prove invaluable to the lay reader and scholar alike."--Frederick Buechner
"I know of no other annotated Bible that is as rich as The New Oxford in both the precision of its textual notes and the clarity and helpfulness of its introductions. It will be and extraordinarily useful edition to have on one's library shelf."--Andrew M. Greeley
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Although most of these books are found in Roman Catholic Bibles, there are a few - notably 1 and 2 Esdras and Psalm 151 - that are contained only within Eastern Orthodox Bibles. Although many would say "well, we aren't missing much by not having these works," I heartily disagree. 2 Esdras, in particular, is a very moving work written somewhere around 100 c.e. that contains a dialogue between Ezra (or, more likely, someone writing in Ezra's name) and the angel Uriel. The book deals with theodicy in a truly human way - the frailty and the hope both shine through. The books of the Maccabees also contain things not found in Protestant Bibles, notably the encouragement that praying for the dead is a righteous deed and the story of Hannukah (which was, by the way, celebrated by Jesus in the Gospel of John).
There is an introduction to each book, as well as notes at the bottom of each page to help the reader understand the original context, as well as cross reference the ideas found within a specific text with those ideas found in other Biblical texts.
This book is an invaluable edition to every person's library - whether professional or layman.
If the "apocryphal" books are Alexandrine additions to the Bible, why was the feast celebrated in Jerusalem? Why did Jesus himself celebrate it? This example, if nothing else, shows the historical significance of the "Apocrypha" for understanding the New Testament. Having decided that the Apocrypha are important, at least as historical documents, which version should you use?
The KJV Pitt Brevier Apocrypha, from Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0521506743) gives you the Apocrypha that were included in the original KJV Bible. It is a little book with no notes, concordances or any commentary. Still it is a well-bound little book that will complement any KJV Bible, giving you all the text that was included in the edition of 1611.
Oxford University offers at least two versions of the Apocrypha, with notes and commentaries. One is "The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version" (ISBN: 0195288009).Read more ›
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Times are changing, & religious beliefs are being constantly modified, but here is something that you see about once or twice in a decade. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Draconis Blackthorne
The editorial comments included in this study bible are unacceptable and many border on blaspheme if you take the bible literally. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2003 by Emlen S. Garrett
If you want a version of the Bible which fits the current criteria of being "politically correct", then this is the version for you. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2002 by Jack G. Ludwig
This is a great book for anyone trying to gain a more in depth perspective on the Bible and the knowledge to draw his own conclusions about some controversial topics. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2002 by Larry D. Christensen