I bought the paperback version many years ago. That the binding has now fallen apart is testimony to how often I have used it. It has never failed to provide illuminating answers to my questions.
Given the very low price quoted by some sellers, I expected the hardback to be just the paperback with hard covers. I was surprised to find that it is properly bound and finished to the usual high Oxford standard -- astonishing value.
A previous reviewer has complained that this work takes a liberal tone. I would say that it takes an academic tone, yet is at the same time very readable. Those who look to the bible as their source of authority need to study it and that means much more than treating it as though it were a single, flat work like an instruction book.
The bible is a human collection (the books included differ somewhat between faiths and denominations) of mostly occasional works. Anyone wanting to study any creative text needs to bear in mind the following questions. Who wrote it? Why? When? How? Whom was it addressed to? If such an approach is liberal, then this work is liberal, but failing to ask these questions is like going through the motions of studying the bible without really trying to understand it at all.