The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha - Oxford Study Bible Hardcover – 25 Jun 1992
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Reading a study bible with its commentary, study aids, and maps is essential for most of us, especially the beginner. This study bible is one of the best for the layman. It strikes a good balance between what I consider to be too much information (Harper NRSV Study Bible) and too little (Oxford Annotated NRSV Bible).
My only complaint is that this study bible does not come in a nice leather edition. The only leather REB is the superb edition published by Cambridge, but it contains only text with no study aids or maps.
On occasion words are used that Americans may not be familiar with, such as calumny, obdurate, and betide, and the text does read at a literary level, but is still clear.
The text is not as gender-inclusive as the New Revised Standard Version, but more so than the New International Version; the English is also not as "British" as the New Jerusalem Bible. For sheer reading pleasure this translation is the best.
On the plus side, this edition comes with the apocrypha (unlike the only other easily available edition - the Cambridge hardback) and has some good quality and not overly copious notes.
Unfortunately this edition is only currently available as a flimsy paperback with a fairly light type and rather thin pages leading to some bleed-through. It is still readable and fine for the price; but perhaps if better quality complete versions of this translation were available, it would be more widely used.
The New English Bible, of which this is a revision, still used the second person singular for addressing God, and thus the REB needed sentence reconstruction for you and yours, which has, in my view, been successfully accomplished, making for smooth reading without being familiar in prayer. One disappointment is that the NEB rendered the first Beatitude, "How blest are those who know their need of God", which was an inspired interpretation of "poor in spirit" and gets to the heart of how true blessedness all begins; the REB has reverted to "poor in spirit".
I would certainly like to see the REB rediscovered and used widely, now that I own a copy. I find I am using it regularly in study and devotion. I recommend it highly.
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