New Oxford Annotated Bible-RSV (Revised Standard Version 8914a) Leather Bound – 27 May 1982
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I am interested in hearing from others who compare this version with the NRSV version. This version was last updated in 1977. Given that biblical scholarship has developed further, I would suggest that if you use this edition you also get the New Jerome Biblical Commentary, or alternatively the New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, NRSV.
The R.S.V. is a Bible version rather superior to the N.R.S.V., so it is better to have Bruce Metzger`s editing as he did it for the R.S.V. Also, unlike the first edition with its Apocrypha limited to what the Anglican Apocrypha includes (overlapping, of course, the more limited Catholic deuterocanon and with the Lutheran Apocrypha), the Apocrypha section in Metzger`s second R.S.V. edition has has had the deuterocanon expanded (in 1973) to embrace all of the writings included alike in the Anglican Apocrypha, Catholic (and Lutheran) deuterocanon, and within what the Eastern Orthodox Churches consider to be the the full Old Testament canon of Holy Scripture. The "New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha" of 1973/1977, of course, incorporates the 1971 revision of the text of the R.S.V. New Testament.
For those who may be wondering about the matter, the same edition trotted out slightly anew in 1977 amounts to what it already had been in 1973, except that some additional new introductory matter was added for the printings of and following upon 1977, namely and mainly (and unpaginated), a 1 ½ pages-long "Foreword" and a brief, 3 pages-long feature titled "The Number and Sequence of the Books of the Bible" written by Metzger. Otherwise, the edition in its 1973 and 1977 manifestations is the same. Those who have the 1973 volume will have not real need of the edition in its 1977 form.
This reader used this edition of the "New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha" for many years (though having several of the others, they never seemed to be of anything near so much use), along with the Authorised "King James" Version (A.V.), the latter in various text and reference editions of it, for many years, until more soundly Confessionally Protestant or otherwise conservative study Bibles of exceptionally sound scholarship displaced the "New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha", with the R.S.V. text, from favour, e.g., "The Lutheran Study Bible" with its companion volume, "The Apocrypha: the Lutheran Edition with Notes", both published in Saint Louis, Missouri by Concordia Publishing House, using the English Standard Version (which is superior both to the R.S.V. and to the N.R.S.V., though, of course, not to the A.V.), which looms forth imposingly among three currently favourite study Bibles of scholarly stature. The R.S.V. "Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha" retains its place on a believer`s lower shelf somewhere or other, but it is not the most important study Bible to keep most closely to hand, however helpful it certainly can be on occasion.
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