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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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.

Covenant Presbyterian Springfield Ohio

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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.


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 history. Unfortunately I still can't see how decent, normal, intelligent people can fall for what is inside it's far too numerous pages.

Doug Conroy

…Pretty hilarious, to me, as well to anybody it should be, to write a review of this book. One can either be blindly and blithely subjective or conjecture that the book already is a review, of sorts. This one’s going to take a while for me to read. It’s already been a while. I’ve been at it, off and on, for about six months and am only on the second book of Chronicles, so far. In case anyone’s never read, the OT’s a real laugh-riot; really leaving one with insight in these “center-right” times as to what percentage the hard-liners really have in them to have to stave off… and really making me (brought up Catholic) wonder how in the hell was anyone brought into Catholicism, for starters — incest, rape, war after war after war… wicked stuff going on. And, I wonder, how much of my being, and somewhat loosely I’ll admit because I don’t think I paid attention much in church, of my being brought up Catholic was atavistic, cultural (brought up south-of-Boston Irish) in my looking to develop, transcend post-modernity.But, apart from possible insight into this, and any other matter of things, I know that I have to get through the Old Testament in order to get to the New. I’m told I can’t read the New Testament without reading the Old… Ugh. Despite my giving into temptation (pun in every way thoroughly unintended) to reading other things, I’m also reading the Bible as a point of reference — books, films, songs that I like, any n’ all parables that I may recognize, each to each.


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

Ben Atkins

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 keep up on the daily reading schedule.I have read some negative comments complaining of historical inaccuracies and continuity problems in this work. Talk about missing the point! The Bible Is truly a monumental achievement of literature (and to many of us) of spirituality. It begs to be appreciated on either level or even better on both. Other classical works of literature (Homer, Beowulf, Gilgamesh and The Arabian Nights amongst others), history (Herodotus, Thucydides, Eusebius, Plutarch all come mind), philosophy (Plato, Aristotle) and religion (Koran and Bhagavad-Gita) display similar inconsistencies yet we would be at best considered intellectually deficient to reject these works. At worst we would be seen as culturally insensitive. It seems that often in the Western tradition the Bible is held to a different standard. As with the other great works it was written by man. Never mind the argument that if it were divinely inspired it would be "perfect." If you you believe in divine inspiration, you can imagine rationalizations providing for God to leave it imperfect. If you don't believe, well, you get what you have.I heard someone say in my youth that even if the Bible is not the divine word of God, it is still the best guide going to living your life. While it may be difficult to see this is the Old Testament, it does serve to establish a context for the "new" message of the New Testament.What I liked: The historical essays leading off each book, section and Athens are simply outstanding. Many I read multiple times. Only word of warning here is that hey we obviously written by different authors. Occasionally they do conflict or offer repetitive information. Over-all, I found these essays critical in understanding what I was reading from both a historical and literary perspective. Likewise, the notes accompanying the text are thorough, enlightening and informative. Also I came away with a new appreciation for the wisdom and literature in some of the minor Old Testament books and even more so the Apocrypha.What I didn't like: The text itself was definitely more challenging than the NIV (though probably less than the King James). I am no expert on translating but I understand that NRSV is leans more towards the literal side of the continuum than the interpretive perhaps explaining the "thicker" text. I found that with the NRSV I needed to work harder on focusing my attention.Over-all it was a great experience and for me personally, a worthwhile endeavor. I would highly recommend if you haven't already undertaken a similar project that you consider doing so.


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.

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

Annie B.

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


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!


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.


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.


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.


This is absolutely one of the best bibles you can own for reference and pleasure reading... from a literary standpoint. And of course, as someone interested in western culture, literature, poetry, or philosophy, you cannot afford to overlook this work--a touchstone for most or much of our thinking and literature. If you haven't read it, start with the first chapter: Genesis. A brilliant accounting of the first week of the universe itself. Also of the first humans (they got off to a good start; but the woman in the story, Eve--the heroine of the story-- went against a powerful figure in the story and was, along with her husband, exiled from their homeland. Gripping. Interesting was when Adam (the man in the story) was hiding from the all-powerful and all-knowing God of the story. And God says, "Where are you?" That struct me as odd...There are many other great stories too. Try the story of Job, Noah, and a wrenching story of a city called Sodom. There is great poetry and proverbs in the tome also. Finally, the great stories of the end days in The Book of Revelations, a frightening narrative if there ever was one.

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