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  • Hardcover: 890 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson (1 Sept. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136149340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136149347
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 6.1 x 32.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,605,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raymond E. Brown, S.S. is former Auburn Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary. He has served as presidents of the Catholic Biblical Association and of the Society of Biblical Literature. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington DC. He has served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association and of the Society of Biblical Literature. Roland Murphy, O.Carm., is George Washington Ivey Emeritus Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have several commentaries and this is the most complete for a one volume edition. Worth twice the weight of others in this class. Written exclusively by Catholics but fair and objective in presenting latest developments in biblical scholarship-perhaps to a fault. Easy to use once aquainted with it. May be a tough read but, worth it!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have older The Jerome Biblical Commentary. It is the most scholarly and detailed single-volume Bible commentary I have (and I have lots). It is a bit difficult to read because of all the notes and references; and it seems to be written for scholars so it doesn't "dumb down" anything. Written by Roman Catholics but valuable for everyone (even United Methodists like me).
Very thorough, very detailed, verse by verse commentary, but a tough read.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2001
Format: Paperback
The New Jerome Biblical Commentary: Student Edition has been a wonderful resource, that I have been able to use for my undergraduate theology essays and has also been a great aid for me when I have prepared sermons for the college Prayer Group. It is the second book that I use after the bible!! It is clear and easy to follow and a amazing resource edited by three top theologians.
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Book arrived promptly. We were not in so it was "hidden" outside by the carrier, it saved me a wait, but I'm not sure I like the possibility it could have been stolen by an opportunist.

The book seemed slightly better than very good used condition described - excellent value.

The "New Jerome Biblical Commentary" (1990) (and its 1968 predecessor the "Jerome Biblical Commentary") is regarded by most academics, of all denominations, as the best single-volume academic biblical commentary available. To keep this fat book to a reasonable size, it generally omits the spiritual meaning/interpretation, for which it is criticized by some on the web (who feel threatened by its use of all the mainstream academic form and source critical methods).

This is not a beginner's introduction, it assumes some background knowledge. It has generally excellent introductions to the books and various themes. My main criticism of this book is that finding a comment on a specific passage can take a little time until you get used to the methodology..

Peake's Commentary on the Bible (1962) was the main academic competitor, but was last updated in 1962. Although Jerome is edited by Catholics and Peake's is edited by Anglicans and Protestants, the "bias" is academic rather than confessional, so can reliably be used for academic study by people of all persuasions although some literal fundamentalists might be discomfited.

Other modern one volume (academic) commentaries I like are:
- "Oxford Bible Commentary" (2001) Oxford University Press - not as detailed as Jerome, but is well written.
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This is a hefty volume, nearly 1500 pages in two columns in small print. It is exhaustive. Any question you would like to have with regard to any aspect of biblical studies.The various articles are written by specialists in the subject. They are nearly all drawn from American institutions. The editors are to be commended with regard to the manner in which they coordinated the various scholars, all 74 of them, and got everything together. Also to be highly commended are the editorial staff. Proofreading is excellent; I noticed no errors. There is an extraordinary and effective system of cross-referencing set in the text, referring the reader if he wishes to an article, and subsection where the point is treated at greater length. For example in the commentary on Genesis, one might be referred to the articles on the Geography of the Holy Land or the archaeology of the Holy Land. Or one can ignore the reference or look it up later.

The Commentary comes with the Imprimatur of the vicar general of the archdiocese of Washington, which means that what is contained in the book is consonant with the teaching of the Catholic Church. The present state of biblical studies, is given for example on the first chapters of Genesis, or the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. But they are perfectly in accord with the instruction of Pope Pius XII to make full use of all modern methods of interpreting the Bible. Previously, Catholic Biblical scholars had been prohibited from using such methods, and Catholic scholarship was rather derided in other great centres of biblical studies in Europe and in the United States.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 1997
Format: Hardcover
In the Synopsis about the New Jerome Biblical Commentary it is written: "Since its publication in 1968, The Jerome Biblical Commentary has been regarded as the best concise commentary in English on the Bible /.../ Two decades later, this new edition reflects all the advances in biblical scholarship of the last quarter-century. Illustrated.
This book gives the Theological scholar and the interested bibelreader a great and scientific way to encrease the knowlige in the Bible.
Fredrik Westerlund Mdiv
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