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Comment: Oxford University Press Inc; annotated edition 1977, pp.xxviii,1564, + (The Apocrypha - pp.xxiv,340), + 14 maps to the end section, hardback, - red cloth, a very good copy in a very good dust jacket,( the spine of the d/j is sunned to a pleasant very pale blue, and 1 minor closed repair) .[9780195283488] (090616gb)
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The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha: Revised Standard Version, Containing the Second Edition of the New Testament and an Expanded Edition of the Apocrypha Hardcover – 19 May 1977

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  • Hardcover: 1557 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc; annotated edition edition (19 May 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195283481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195283488
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 912,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce M. Metzger (1914 2007) was a biblical scholar, textual critic, and a longtime professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. Metzger is widely considered one of the most influential New Testament scholars of the 20th century.He was a general editor of the Word Biblical Commentary (1997 - 2007).


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By A Customer on 20 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
I discovered this edition in my bible study class. I was impressed with the scholarly depth of the notes. I also greatly appreciate that it contains deuterocanonical books not only from the Roman Catholic tradition, but also four books important to Eastern Orthodox churches: Prayer of Manasseh, 3 and 4 Maccabees, Psalm 151.
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.
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The most recent edition of a book is not necessarily the best! This edition of 1973/1977, the classic and closest to definitive one, of the Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha in the "New Oxford Annotated [i.e. study] Bible", is superior to the 1965 first edition ("Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha" without, of course, "New" beginning the title), also co-edited by the lamentably deceased Bruce Metzger (in 1965 and in 1973 alike in collaboration with Herbert G. May), as well as to the first in the successive editions of of the "New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha" with the New Revised Standard Version (is that perhaps just one too many occurences of the word "new" to maintain publishing seemliness and decorum?), which was the last edition that Metzger edited. Those which followed after that simply are not worth enough to have at all unless, perhaps, they are available priced considerably downwards! This is because Bruce Metzger, while somewhat Neo-Orthodox and/or moderately liberal-influenced in his theological views, was a genuine believer in the Protestant Christian faith (and an important, believing ecumenist), whereas the editors of this study Bible who have followed upon Metzger`s demise are utterly modernist from top to toe (thus essentially unbelievers). The annotations in the later N.R.S.V. edtions, i.e. in those under the direction of Metzger`s successors, too often became tiresomely tendentious and negative; there already had been rather too much of that kind of thing even when Metzger was editor, but, in the later N.R.S.V.-based editions after his time, refusal to accept the reliability of what Scripture itself asserts has come to prevail much too overwhelmingly.

The R.S.V. is a Bible version rather superior to the N.R.S.V.
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The Revised Standard Version is regarded as one of the most literal translations of the Bible. No much in use these days; replaced by the updated NRSV. However, this great copy is full of excellent articles by the likes of Bruce Metzger. The scholariship is critical and liberal, and useful for someone like me - an atheist - who is interested in the history and literature of ancient times - especially the New Testament - and finds a devotional approach to scriptures sometimes unhelpful. A brilliant study bible, although I also recommend the more recent NRSV study bible from the same publisher.
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If you are serious about the scholastic and literary quality of an English-language Bible, this is the one you want. It is free of the theological and political agendas that undermine most modern Bibles. In other words, it is the standard, neutral, reference text for academics and historians. Having said that, few academics and historians are without a companion Douay-Rheims for cross-reference.
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