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  • Hardcover: 1195 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687278147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687278145
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.4 x 6.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 22 Dec 2005
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The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago. There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series. First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story. Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse. Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage. Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship. Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall.
The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative. Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.
The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit expensive. But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.
--Volume I--
The first volume of this twelve-volume set naturally has the book of Genesis. However, before getting into the text itself, this volume provides a generous collection of essays and articles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 1999
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I can't believe that no one has written an online review of this book yet! The NIB is the best Bible commentary written. If you are serious about scholarly study of the Bible, you need to buy the entire series. It is expensive to buy 12 volumes at $60-70 each, even if you save 30% through amazon.com like I did ;). In that case, check with your church or library. As a fall-back try Harper's or Jerome's for single volume commentaries. If at all possible, buy the NIB. Forget the earlier version of the IB.
The NIB is the definitive standard for serious Bible scholarship.
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By Mrs. Jenny S. Ellis on 7 April 2014
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I am gradually collecting the set of these volumes and bought this one as there were a number of Lectionary readings from Genesis a few weeks back. The presentation of the volume is stunning - it is the only one of my theology books that I have not 'marked up' in any way as any notes or underlining would spoil the beauty of the book. The size and weight of the volume seems to emphasise the spiritual 'weight' of its contents. It is easy to find your way around and the commentary section is full of profound insights on the text. The Reflections section is excellent too - in fact, many of my sermons have been directly inspired by the NIB reflections on a passage (with the help of the Holy Spirit, of course!). The introductory articles are very useful and give clear, accurate pictures of the contexts within which each scripture is set. The only downside is there are 12 large and expensive volumes in the set, but I think they are an investment in supporting any ministry. Ordinands - get your spouse/partner/mum/dad/granny etc to buy you one volume each as an ordination present or give you one volume at a time as Christmas/birthday/anniversary presents throughout your training. That way, you will have the full set as you embark on ministry and this will stand you in very good stead.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Gospel messages 22 Jun 2003
By FrKurt Messick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago. There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series. First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story. Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse. Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage. Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship. Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall.
The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative. Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.
The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit expensive. But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.
--Volume I--
The first volume of this twelve-volume set naturally has the book of Genesis. However, before getting into the text itself, this volume provides a generous collection of essays and articles. In the General Introduction to the series, editor Leander Keck wrote, `The Bible has its own way of commending itself to those whose careful reading opens understanding. The NIB will have fulfilled its purpose when it helps that happen.'
This first volume is divided into several major sections: (I) the General Introduction to the Series, (II) How We Got Our Bible, (III) How the Bible is Read, Interpreted, and Used, (IV) The Background of the Old Testament Texts, and (V) Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus.
In the second section, `How We Got Our Bible', scholars Daniel Harrington SJ and Keith Crim provide essays on the formation of the canon, and on modern English versions of the Bible. These deal with historical issues as well as translation and transmission issues; there are controversial elements here, and the writers provide a fair appraisal of differing ideas.
In the third section, `How the Bible is Read, Interpreted, and Used', there are thirteen articles that deal with such diverse issues as why the Bible has authority, how the bible is interpreted in Jewish tradition and in Christian tradition, how the Bible is used in preaching, and a series of essays looking at issue of interpretation from specific backgrounds, such as African-American, Native American, Hispanic, and Women's viewpoints.
The fourth section deals specifically with the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures. These articles look at issues of early Jewish religion, Israelite history and culture, the ancient Near East as a whole, and textual issues and variants.
These sections taken as a whole provide a magnificent background to the study of the Bible, making this volume, just for this series of articles, a must-have for any biblical scholar or student. The names of Blenkinsopp, Sanderson, Buttrick, Gonzalez, and Massey should be well known to any serious student of the Bible, and one finds them here as well.
The sections dealing with the first three books of the Bible - Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus - illustrate well the method and content of the rest of the series. Each text is dealt with primarily by one author, who provides introductory materials, commentary and reflections. Terence Fretheim, professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, assumes the task of Genesis. Walter Brueggemann of Columbia Theological Seminary, takes Exodus. Walter Kaiser, Jr., of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, has the task of Leviticus. Each of these scholars brings a strong background of Biblical scholarship, consisting of a host of books on related topics. Their analyses are insightful and useful for individual and group study, preaching, reflection and inspiration.
High praise goes to the general editorial staff for working with such strong authors/scholars, that their work fits together well as part of this set while retaining their individual characteristics (much like the writers of the Bible itself!).
--Other volumes available--
The following is a list of each volume in this twelve-volume set, and the contents of each.
Volume I: General Articles on the Bible; General Articles on the Old Testament; Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus
Volume II: Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; I & II Samuel
Volume III: I & II Kings; I & II Chronicles; Ezra, Nehemiah; Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith
Volume IV: I & II Maccabees; Introduction to Hebrew Poetry; Job; Psalms
Volume V: Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Book of Wisdom; Sirach
Volume VI: Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Baruch; Letter of Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel
Volume VII: Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel; Additions to Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Johan; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi
Volume VIII: General Articles on the New Testament; Matthew; Mark
Volume IX: Luke; John
Volume X: Acts; Introduction to Epistolary Literature; Romans, I Corinthians
Volume XI: II Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; I & II Thessalonians; I & II Timothy; Titus; Philemon
Volume XII: Hebrews; James; I & II Peter; I, II & III John; Jude; Revelation
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The best of the best. 9 July 2000
By Joshua Villines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Most people understand that the study of Scripture is an enormous task; and that there is a considerable theological heritage to even the most benign of passages. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to translate that understanding into a willingness to genuinely delve into the vast pool of material out there. In addition, it's hard to know whom to trust.

You can trust the New Interpreter's Bible series. All of the scholars who contributed are the best in their field. In addition, the layout (which includes two complete translations - the NIV and the NRSV) is conducive to both scholarly and spiritual study of the texts.

Each text is broken down into discrete units followed by general commentary on the passage, verse by vers analysis of key issues, and then an overview of study questions. The commentators address issues of authorship, historical setting, translation, theological history, and personal application. In addition, they graciously point to excellent sources for further reading.

Speaking as a pastor, it is my strong opinion that every English-speaking Christian who is serious about Bible study should own the complete set.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A great commentary 3 Sep 2004
By Empedocles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are many commentaries of the Bible out there on the market. In fact, the market seems so glutted with them it is hard to know what to choose. Every Christian bookstore usually has three or more shelves filled with commentaries, but as the old saying goes, quantity is not quality.

One thing I found very dissapointing with previous Bible commentaries and study bibles is the authors were very unwilling to actually question the Bible and what occurs in it. "It is right, because it is God's infallible word, and because it is God's infallible word, everything in it is right" is basically the sort of philosophy I came across in Evangelical and other commentaries which seem to dominate the stores here. But does this philosophy make sense when so many religions have their own book(s) and claim them to be the infallible word of the Deity or Deities that dictate them? What about the complex historical and literary questions surrounding the four canonical gospels, and the nature of the historical Jesus? What about the terrible violence and rapine we see in so much of the Old Testament, much of it seemingly ordained by God? What about the extra-canonical books from which the composers of the Bible drew inspiration (especially the New Testament and the emphasis on a coming apocalypse, or Jude's quoting by Enoch?) On what authority do we judge the Bible to be authoritative?

This commentary has answered all of my questions to my great relief and satisfaction, without destroying my faith. The great thing about this commentary is it tackles these problems head on without sticking their heads in the intellectual sand and resorting to empty sophistry to defend the authority and canonicity of the Bible. The writers of the commentary are also not averse to critical historical scholarship, which instead of destroying the Bible's integrity and beauty, actually reinforces it and sheds much greater light on issues that seem strange. For example, the account of a world-destroying flood makes little sense if it is understood to be a single, global historical event (as many fundamentalists insist) but makes perfect sense when compared with the common stock of Near Eastern myths, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, which the writers of Genesis appropriated and used to tell an important theological truth - the terrible sinfulness of the human heart and its dark, world destroying consequences. One only needs to think about the human invention of the atom bomb out of the scientific quest for truth and beauty and motivated people like Dirac, Einstein and Schrodinger to develop the beautiful mathematics of quantum mechanics as a real world example of this theological truth. The commentators build on this critical approach, along with a wealth of other information they use to put the Bible in a historical and cultural context.

My favourite part of this set is the 'reflections' section. After each passage is quoted, the reader is challenged to reflect on what the Bible is actually saying, and whether it is relevant to the modern world. It is easy to simply read a commentary where the author tries to paper over a crack of problem as if it doesn't exist - take the apocalyptic strains in the Gospel of Mark for example. Is a theology based on the imminent coming of Christ out of the clouds like Zeus and his thunderbolts relevant to a world dominated by science, technology, postmodernism and greedy materialism? Are we going to find solace when the book of Revelation literally predicts hundreds of millions of people are going to die horribly before the final renewing of creation? Are the archaic rules of Leviticus and Deutronomy, particularly the anti-homosexual regulations, as obsolete as those requiring us to sacrifice animals on altars and stone adulters alive? How does a Christian respond to a culture that demands equal time and tolerance for all religions, when Christ urges his followers to convert the entire world to what was then a fringe sect of Judaism?

These sorts of questions are extremely tough for any person who accepts the Bible as God's communication of his will to humanity, and these questions are tackled head on in the commentary without flinching, claiming to speak for God (i.e. God's word is God word and that is the final say) or that doubters and disbelivers are going to hell.

The commentary also has an excellent unity throughout. Each commentary relates to the Bible as a whole, not just as an isolated book amoung fragments. Few commentaries manage to do this, and even the best evangelical commentaries (Zondervan) find it hard to treat the Bible as a unity.

This commentary, despite its considerable expense, is a must-buy for understanding a text as difficult, as controversial, and as influential as the Bible. Witches have been burned, wars have been fought, and great people sacrificed because of how they understood the contents of this book. If you are an atheist or agnostic who wants to understand the Bible without being told what to believe, a Christian who is willing to think and be challenged, or a believer of another faith curious about what Christians understand the Bible to say, or even just curious about the Bible itself - then get this commentary. It is the best and it is the commentary I return to again and again, while the others at home gather dust.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Genesis explained with incredible commentary. 6 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been a student of the bible most of my life, and have compared numerous commentaries and translations over and over, without finding very satisfactory explainations for most of the passages. I just acquired the complete set of The New Interpreter's Bible, and have read some of the general articles and the Genesis commentary from Vol. 1. I am extremely picky- but absolutely love the commentary, and find it right on the mark with my independent thoughts (I had lost hope that anyone would ever see it the way I do; most commentaries seemed to me not to ring of the truths in the passages). In addition, many more things are brought to light that I had never thought of in detail before, as well as things I had overlooked. I have renewed faith in the Bible due to this very enlightening commentary. The author is exceptionally good- my only complaint is that there are a few too many 'seminary' terms the general public is not familiar with.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely the BEST Bible commentary available. 10 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe that no one has written an online review of this book yet! The NIB is the best Bible commentary written. If you are serious about scholarly study of the Bible, you need to buy the entire series. It is expensive to buy 12 volumes at $60-70 each, even if you save 30% through amazon.com like I did ;). In that case, check with your church or library. As a fall-back try Harper's or Jerome's for single volume commentaries. If at all possible, buy the NIB. Forget the earlier version of the IB.
The NIB is the definitive standard for serious Bible scholarship.
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