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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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.

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.

Covenant Presbyterian Springfield Ohio

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Erik Graff

This appears to be the edition used in seminary and which, since it was the preferred text for all college and graduate coursework on the bible, I've read almost completely. Since it intentionally tries to stay as close to the text of the King James Bible (the "Authorized Version", in the sense of being composed by royal mandate) and since that edition is the one most familiar to English speakers from its long literary predominance, the Oxford is, in this sense, the most "biblical" in feel.The superiority of the "expanded edition" is that it is the only English bible which contains the complete canons of all denominations of the people of "the Book." Otherwise, sadly, the notes in The New Jerusalem Bible are superior.


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.


This was the Bible I used when I pursued the four-year course of study with the Episcopal church in lay ministry, entitled "EFM" (Education for Minstry), a program of intense study and small group meditation sponsored by the Episcopal church. The annotations are absolutely wonderful and led to much deeper understanding of the Bible and how it came to be, and the profound message it carries for humankind.This is the Bible I still use today.

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

Christopher Coughlin

The NRSV is a stable of the modern Church. It has its difficulties. I remember in Greek class in seminary, almost every day we were told "Don't tell your parishioners this is a bad translation! Now, let's look at why this is a bad translation." It really is rather good, but it shares some translational difficulties with the NIV - and either one, I would advise reading it in conjunction with another translation.The articles, footnotes, and other academic notes in this Bible are second to none. They are the sum total of thousands of years of scholarship - billions of man-hours of study and work. If you land a copy of this Bible, don't just read the Bible text. Read the footnotes and the articles - they are AMAZING.


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 the current verse appear, and commenting upon the scripture itself. It is also handy to have the Apocrypha. I do a good bit of teaching, and, trust me, I am no Bible scholar. I simply don't think I could get up in front of a group of people and intelligently discuss the Bible if I did not have this book.


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

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.


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 the Bible seem to have misinterpreted historic translations in favor of verse. All in all, I will keep reading in this Bible.

Liz Dehoff

This is by far my favorite translation, and it's filled with things that would make KJV/NIV-clutching conservative fundamentalists grit their teeth and howl with rage, i.e. the Apocrypha and (accurate) historical and linguistic footnotes. Large and unwieldy, sure, but this is an excellent reference for lay(wo)men and students alike. Also, I find it hilarious that people are slapping their anti-Christianity reviews on this particular translation, seeing as how it's used primarily by moderate and liberal Christians (like myself) and secular academics. Seriously, guys, I think you're looking for the New King James Version -- or whichever translation the dominionist fundamentalist Baptist and Assemblies sects are panting over these days.


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


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.

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