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The New Jerusalem Bible: Study Edition (Bible Njb) Paperback – Student Edition, 21 Mar 1994


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  • Paperback: 2128 pages
  • Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd; Study ed: New Jerusalem Bible edition (21 Mar. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232520771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232520774
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 4.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Carty on 15 Sept. 2011
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The JB has become familiar over the last forty years or so (it was first published in English in the sixties) as it has been used for the readings at mass. Experience reading the text aloud is positive: its sentences are usually well constructed and the rhythm of the readings permits a dignified yet natural style of reading.It has stood the test of time.

However this is in the first instance a reasonably priced study edition.It includes all the features which made the original edition and the revisions/updates in 1973 and 1984 so useful: introductions to sets of books and within those, to individual books, detailed footnotes and marginal cross-referencing, sub-headings in the text and 26 pages of keyword definitions also cross-referenced to the text.

Its main rival (or alternative) is the NSRV which is preferable in some places; to take one example, at Matthew 3.3 it reads 'The voice of one crying out in the wilderness' while JB has 'A voice of one that cries in the desert' which sounds clumsy: 'A voice' sounds as if the Baptist's role is being minimised, 'crying' is at best ambiguous: indeed its primary meaning is now 'to weep' and a wilderness sounds more desolate than a desert.

JB has also retained Yahhweh for the divine name, a missed opportunity although I understand the scholarly point made by the editor in defence of this much-criticised decision. But these are individual quibbles.

The format is as handy as a bible can be: 20cm by 7.5cm, 4.5cm thick: you can get it off a shelf and carry it, even hold it in one hand (for a while!). The price for that useful format is that the print is very small indeed, a problem especially for over-60s like me! Nonetheless, I cope.

I can't imagine there is a better or more scholarly study bible on the market.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2001
This study edition of the NJB is in English rather than American. It retains the close translation and textual accuracy of the larger editions. The supporting notes are far better than any other affordable edition - such as the Readers or Pocket editions.
It retains the lightweight but fine quality paper of the more expensive versions, which is useful for scribbling notes on the little blank space available. It is almost as easy to carry as the Pocket Edition. However, it is a paperback.. It will not last as long as the hardback versions.
This edition is very good at what it claims to be: "The Study Edition". I consider the current NJB to be the most accurate translation of the bible - this edition has many optional texts included. The language none the less retains a good linguistic style.
If you want powerful English or Good Literature, try the various versions of the RSV / NRSV. For easy reading, try the Good News or perhaps the Collins version.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rosemary Kelly Eccles on 30 May 2010
I really recommend this book. the first time I saw it I thought the notes would be distracting, but now they are really important to me as they help me to understand.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly, US expat in CH on 30 May 2011
I needed the Study edition for a class I am taking. The study notes and introductions are very informative. The biggest complaint I have is that the text of the notes is so very tiny it is very difficult to read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cereal Freak on 3 Nov. 2009
This is the New Jerusalem Bible I was looking for! In the US, if you want the NJB with full notes and annotations, you have to buy a huge hardcover edition that isn't very portable. This edition has all the same notes and annotations, but is smaller and paperback, and therefore much more portable. This is my favorite translation, so I was extremely pleased!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Dunn on 23 May 2014
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I chose this in order to be able to study some area of the bible in more detail. I think it contains a lot of useful information but the print is so small I struggle to read it even with a magnifying glass. Very dissapointing.
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