The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Revised Standard Version: Containing the 2nd Edition of the New Testament & an Expanded Edition of the Apocrypha

ISBN: 0195283481
ISBN 13: 9780195283488
By: Anonymous Bruce M. Metzger

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Mary Overton

12/14/12 ... read "Ecclesiasticus, or the Wisdom of Jesus, Son of SIRACH", & particularly identified with the description of the headstrong daughter:"Keep strict watch over a headstrong daughter,or else, when she finds liberty, she will make use of it.Be on guard against her impudent eye,and do not be surprised if she sins against you.As a thirsty traveler opens his mouthand drinks from any water near him,so she will sit in front of every tent pegand open her quiver to the arrow."-- Sirach 26:10-12

Dave

So, I haven't read the whole Bible yet, but I'm on my way...The commentary in this Bible is excellent. It is objective and well written. I'm doing a study on Paul, so I decided to read Acts and all the "Pauline" Epistles. In quotes because as you find out in the commentary that many historians question the authorship of some of the epistles.So this is where I'm at:MatthewActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatinsEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemon

Charlene Smith

One forgets, or maybe never really realizes how beautiful a lot of the writing in the Bible is, I bought this after a close friend died and I really felt in need of spiritual sustenance, I am presently reading my way through Isaiah - a chapter or verse a day - and it is really beautiful. Also interesting to realize how many colloquialisms and common phrases in use today come from the bible - eg "Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die," Isiaiah, 22.13And with the annotations, or explanations it gives a whole new way of understanding and appreciating this great book.

Covenant Presbyterian Springfield Ohio

Call Number: 229.91 C769A donation from Betty JONES.Available.

Betsey Brannen

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.

Emily

April 11, 2011 The Book of Luke from this edition of the BibleI 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 BibleOkay, so what I'd completely forgotten about the Book of Genesis is how very much of it is Joseph's story. That works for me, because I happen to love Joseph's story (big fan since childhood of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"), but it might get a little tedious for others. It's funny how almost all the Biblical stories we learn as kids (Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc.) can all be found in the first book of the Bible. May 11, 2011 The Book of HebrewsThis book, I've recently learned, was originally a sermon. The Introduction here tells us that it was aimed at Christians who'd begun to revert to their Jewish beliefs. It's arguments are convincing, and it's a wonderful encapsulation of all basic Christian tenets.

Katie

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.

Heather

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.

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 Bible is much, much more the record of human beings' evolving notions of God, rather than the record of God's revelation to humans. If God exists, then the Bible is, in my opinion, a good book which contains (at least in places) reasonable notions of what God may be like -- see Jesus' parable of the prodigal son for example. But the content of the Bible is woefully inconsistent for me to believe that it is the "inerrant" "revealed" word of God. If it is, then God is an inconsistent, vengeful, schizophrenic, and even sadistic old man. And I really don't believe any of that (except that he's old).

Mark

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 recognize if you've watched movies or listened to music or heard someone intone dramatically "In the beginning...".The Bible was nothing like how I understood it via cultural osmosis. One of the most interesting and enjoyable aspects of reading the text was seeing how drastically it differed from the version I'd been exposed to. Did you know there aren't 10 Commandments but rather dozens of them spread across chapters and chapters, covering issues like slave ownership or livestock falling into pits? Did you know that when Jesus is resurrected the dead saints also rise with him and march around the city scaring everyone? Did you know there aren't 3 wise men but rather an unspecified amount? Did you know there are many other gods in the Bible and in one scene God actually leads a meeting of all the gods? Did you know the phrase "writing on the wall" comes from an incident in the Book of Daniel where a floating hand appears and writes "MENE MENE TEKEL PARSIN" on the wall?One of my very favorite passages is when God tries to kill Moses but is rebuked when Moses's wife performs emergency surgery on their son and throws foreskin on Moses. What a headscratcher! I spent a lot of time reading commentaries on this passage to try and understand it and I feel like it gets to the essence of how wild and messy these stories are compared to how I understood them.And there's some vivid fantastical elements to this book! There are lots of monsters ranging from the monstrous sea serpent Leviathan to the giant children of God to sphinx-like creatures with spinning swords. I was surprised to see wizardly duels and Balrogs and D&D spells (Sticks to Snakes, Cause Mass Blindness, Cure Blindness, Cure Poison) have their origins in this book considering religion has had a rocky relationship with such things.Also the book is sometimes really bloody or perverse! There are references to orgies, wife swapping, incest, bestiality and other taboo topics I didn't expect to encounter in a book I usually associate with holiness. Maybe one of the worst stories is when a guy lets a bunch of strangers gang-rape his concubine, then cuts her body up and mails it to a bunch of neighboring cities. The Bible seems like a very human book: it is sometimes aspirational and moral and at other times it is dark and animalistic.Going into this book I had a simplistic view of religion. I had to reconsider that when I saw how inconsistent and confusing the text is. At times it seems to contradict itself from one verse to the next! I thought the Bible would explain the rules for the religions it's inspired (why do preachers wear robes?); instead I had to realize that a) religions have very complicated relationships to the Bible and b) a large part of religion exists as oral tradition. I realized that individual sects and congregants have their own understandings of the text/relationship to the divine (example: the ban on homosexuality barely appears in the Bible but is heavily emphasized by some congregations). I also came to see that having a framework to search for meaning matters more than the literal text. And there are some genuinely good ideas in there that are taken for granted now. So this book taught me a lot, changed my view of religion, and (in part) motivated me to go to Israel. And I think it is pretty awesome that people have been having conversations about the Bible for so long! You can read dense theological arguments about the complicated nature of Jesus (is he God? John seems to think so. Is he the Holy Spirit? What exactly is the Son of Man referring to?) or what is going on this passage (did the child sacrifice to Moloch actually work and overpower the Israelites?) from centuries ago. I found it a really enriching experience to join the conversation for awhile.For the truly curious, here are my ratings for every single book:GENESIS (4/5)EXODUS (5/5)LEVITICUS (3/5)NUMBERS (2/5)DEUTERONOMY (1/5)JOSHUA (3/5)JUDGES (3/5)RUTH (2/5)1 SAMUEL (3/5)2 SAMUEL (4/5)1 KINGS (3/5)2 KINGS (3/5)1 CHRONICLES (2/5)2 CHRONICLES (1/5)EZRA (3/5)NEHEMIAH (1/5)ESTHER (3/5)JOB (2/5)PSALMS (2/5)PROVERBS (3/5)ECCLESIASTES (5/5)SONG OF SOLOMON (2/5)ISAIAH (2/5)JEREMIAH (2/5)LAMENTATIONS (3/5)EZEKIEL (4/5)DANIEL (3/5)HOSEA (2/5)JOEL (2/5)AMOS (2/5)OBADIAH (2/5)JONAH (3/5)MICAH (1/5)NAHUM (3/5)HABAKKUK (2/5)ZEPHANIAH (2/5)HAGGAI (2/5)ZECHARIAH (3/5)MALACHI (3/5)MATTHEW (5/5)MARK (2/5)LUKE (2/5)JOHN (3/5)ACTS (3/5)ROMANS (2/5)1 CORINTHIANS (3/5)2 CORINTHIANS (2/5)GALATIANS (2/5)EPHESIANS (1/5)PHILIPPIANS (2/5)COLOSSIANS (3/5)1 THESSALONIANS (2/5)2 THESSALONIANS (2/5)1 TIMOTHY (2/5)2 TIMOTHY (2/5)TITUS (2/5)PHILEMON (3/5)HEBREWS (3/5)JAMES (2/5)1 PETER (1/5)2 PETER (2/5)1 JOHN (3/5)2 JOHN (2/5)3 JOHN (2/5)JUDE (2/5)REVELATION (4/5)

Adam

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 doctrine, and the Gospel of John, which is full of poetry and Christology. Least favorite would definitely be 1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles, which cover the exact same historical events that weren't that interesting in the first place.I'm glad to have read the whole thing, since this is the book I believe to be the Word of God. Now I'm motivated to delve deeply into a book, its historical context, its literary structure and a commentary that will shed some light on issues going on under the surface. I'm starting with Romans since it has come up so much recently.Finishing this is one of the great accomplishments of my life so far.

Alex

Okay, this is the correct version of the New Testament. This one right here.

Wolf

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.

Fran

This version is my personal favorite. It conforms with modern English usage without sacrificing the literary qualities of its predecessor - the King James version. I've used this study Bible in countless occasions, be it the School of Workers in the Jesus Lord of Host church in Quezon City, in Community Christian Church in Balanga City, or in Urasa Christian Church in Niigata, Japan. The scholarly introduction on each book will make your study time a whole lot easier!

Dylan

** spoiler alert ** This book was terrible. The characters are two dimensional, the plot is all over the place and the author can't keep his story straight. Then halfway through they just introduce a new protagonist out of nowhere who dies within 4 chapters and they spend the rest of the book trying to work out what his deal was. Genesis and Numbers are a huge yawn fest, I'm not even sure what the lengthy genealogies and census information had to do with the fisherman because everybody dies in the end anyway. This book is huge. Oh my god, it's soo long. I thought Lord of the Rings was big. The only consolation is that it's so big and heavy my wife sometimes uses it to press flowers, which is fine by me because I wouldn't lend this book to anyone.

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