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The Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), With the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books Hardcover – 5 Nov 2001

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  • Hardcover: 2400 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Study edition (Reissue) edition (5 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060655801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060655808
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,640,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The NRSV is a very fine translation both for study and for reading in public. It is now widely used and I amaglad to have the opportunity of commending it.”
George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury

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The 'NRSV Study Bible' combines the popular, accurate and readable 'New Revised Standard Version Bible' with helpful study materials to bring a new dept to Bible reading and study.

The 'NRSV Study Bible' offers essays on many different topics and extensive textual commentary, as well as diagrams and maps, to illuminate the Bible's historical, theological and cultural background and impact. Set alongside the text of the 'NRSV Bible', the most widely used modern Bible translation across the Christian traditions, these study materials bring new clarity in personal devotions, group study or academic work.

An authoritative and accessible translation, the 'NRSV' is designed for use by the whole Christian church. The result of fifteen years of careful work by an international team of experts, drawn from all the main Christian traditions, the 'NRSV' is based on the latest archaeological, biblical and linguistic scholarship and uses the best available manuscripts.

In this Study Bible the full text of the 'NRSV' Bible, including the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books, is coupled with textual notes, extensive essays and other study materials by sixty-one leading experts on the books of the Bible. Sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature, the premier international organisation of biblical experts, this convenient yet thorough reference resource provides a library of information in one easy-to-use volume.

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This review is not a reflection on the text of the Bible so much as the usefulness of this particular edition. The Bible holds the record for the book with the greatest variation of editions, versions, and separate publications. The Harper Collins Study Bible is one of the few that has remained an essential part of my collection and study.
I was given a copy of the Harper Collins Study Bible many years ago as a gift. I had several versions, and my friend thought he was giving me one more (I like to examine the differences in translations to find deeper meanings in the texts, or misinterpretations based on faulty or incomplete translation). Alas, he was disappointed when I informed him that this was not a distinctively Harper Collins translation; it is in fact a study version of the New Revised Standard Version, one of the dominant translations at use in church and scholarship today. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is an updating of the respected and established Revised Standard Version, which still has life as the preferred text of many senior scholars.
The Harper Collins Study Bible was compiled under the direction of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) who, with the American Academy of Religion (AAR) is one of the most respected academic bodies in the field today. The AAR/SBL annual conferences are attended by thousands, including in the book vendor area a large contingent from Harper-Collins publishing. Wayne Meeks, a noted and respected scholar (primarily of New Testament and early Christian era studies) was the senior editor for this edition.
Generously annotated throughout, practically every other verse has a footnote.
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I stumbled across this Bible by accident, and am I glad I did. Along with the Oxford Annotated Bible, this is the best study Bible available for scholars.
The notes are clear and illuminating. For a balanced view you can read this in parallel with the NIV Study Bible. It will show the deficiencies in that approach.
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The NRSV is a generally well respected translation across a wide range of Christian opinion.
The notes here are from the predominantly American Society of Biblical Literature and they reflect mainstream scholarly opinion. The notes here are generally somewhat fuller than in the New Oxford.
Fundamentalists and some evangelicals may find the approach taken unacceptable.
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There are inherent difficulties in reviewing a book such as this. First, one must expect a clamour of resentment that any human can presume to "critique" a tome penned or inspired by divine mandate. Superstition aside, there is the problem of which of the many versions of it to select. By one count, there are two dozen "Authorised" [by whom remains a mystery] English language editions alone. That number is further inflated by the "with Commentaries" appended to one or another of the versions. Why, then, choose this particular edition?
One reason is that this one has several advantages. It was put together by a committee. While that has "smeared" some of the terrible contradictions present in earlier editions, such as the once universal King James Version. The Genesis story is therefore little more than a proclamation of everybody and everything coming into existence at once. It would, of course, take far too much space to list the smoothings this committee has performed. They have produced as readable a text as could be achieved, given the material. This is the editor's declared intent, justifying his use of the New Standard Revised Edition [itself something of a paradox in terms] as the foundation for the commentary appended.
They have also provided as much of the material as was available. This means the addition of books left out of other anthologies due to doctrinal or theological disputes. On the other hand, text that has "stood the test of time" has been "smoothed" in another way in order not to offend the sensibilities [and they are many and easily irritated] of the "gender feminists". While that may enhance sales, it's questionable whether it's improved the narratives.
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