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Overview An essential reference work, this book provides authoritative, nondenominational commentary on the Bible, written by an international team of more than 70 leading scholars from various religious backgrounds. 11 maps.
Publishers Description Whether you see the Bible as the living word of God, or as a highly significant document from the ancient world, or as one of the classic works of world literature, The Oxford Bible Commentary will put in your hands everything you need to study and understand the biblical text. Here is a monumental, line-by-line critical commentary on the Bible, covering all the books that appear in the NRSV. An essential reference work, this definitive book provides authoritative, non-denominational commentary written by an international team of more than 70 leading scholars from various religious backgrounds. Incorporating the latest research, the contributors examine the books of the Bible in exhaustive detail, taking a historical-critical approach that attempts to shed light on the scriptures by placing them in the context in which their first audiences would have encountered them, asking how they came to be composed and what were the purposes of their authors. The Commentary includes a general introduction, extensive introductions to both testaments and the Apocrypha, and briefer introductions to the particular books, plus an essay with commentary on important post-biblical Jewish and Christian literature. Each article concludes with a bibliography that points the reader toward the most important supplemental works in English, including major reference works, introductions, and so forth. A truly stunning work of biblical scholarship, The Oxford Bible Commentary will be an invaluable resource for pastors preparing a sermon, for students, for those in study or discussion groups, and indeed for anyone--whether Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox Christian--who seeks a clearer perspective on a text that has been held in reverence for thousands of years. The OBC features a Logos Library System CD-ROM that, once unlocked, gives the reader access to its text and that of the New Revised Standard Version Bible. The CD is fully compatible with all Logos products. * Detailed verse-by-verse commentary, written by over 70 of the world's leading biblical scholars from all the major Christian traditions and Judaism. * Includes all the canonical books for the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions, and non-biblical Jewish and Christian writings from the biblical era. * Combines the fruits of the historical-critical method with insights from other critical approaches to Bible study. * Includes major introductions to every biblical book. * Bibliographies of supplemental works in English are located throughout the book, making in-depth study of topics easier. * 11 full color, Oxford Bible Maps. * Two ribbon markers make it easy to keep one's place in the book.
From Publishers Weekly Written by a team of more than 70 Christian and Jewish scholars from around
the globe, The Oxford Bible Commentary is one of the most comprehensive
one-volume commentaries available. Edited by John Barton and John Muddiman,
the entries are arranged in biblical order, with verse-by-verse discussions of
meaning, context and language. If the tome is too hefty or unwieldy to use,
never fear: each book comes packaged with a sampler CD-ROM, which allows
readers to easily search and cross-reference the books of Genesis and Matthew.
The entire text is available on CD-ROM for an additional fee. (Oxford, $65
1,488p ISBN 0-19-875500-7; Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.02" Width: 7.65" Height: 2.45" Weight: 4.97 lbs.
Release Date Dec 6, 2001
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0198755007 ISBN13 9780198755005
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More About John Barton & John Muddiman
John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford. His previous publications include What is the Bible?, People of the Book?, Love Unknown, The Oxford Bible Commentary and The Biblical World.
John Barton was born in 1948.
John Barton has published or released items in the following series...
Here's the problem with liberal scholarship for the conservative student: you're not going in looking for theological enlightenment, because liberal scholars tend to devalue the objective truth value of the documents. So what's left in terms of value is to understand the liberal theories, explanations, etc. That said, a one-volume commentary isn't always sufficient for this.
The people who contributed to this represent a pretty good piece of liberal Christian intelligensia. And I'm not saying the book isn't useful - it is. It's just that I find it most useful as a tool for understanding how the other half thinks, and to that end, it's not deep enough. Still worth having in your library, I guess.
An impressive work Aug 12, 2005
I was looking for a source of detailed biblical information that is scholarly, and without nuance towards any particular persuasion. This commentary has met my needs admirably. While it may have been written with the needs of the practicing clergyman in mind, for a lay person like myself it's not difficult to read. Indeed for me it has provided a totally new level of biblical insight. I've been most impressed and can recommend it to anyone who wants to extend their biblical knowledge.
Excellent: highly recommend. Jun 9, 2005
What do you expect when "Oxford" is in the title of the book?This is a large, heavy and intimidating book. However, this is its only drawback. It is a wealth of information; it contextualizes the scripture in a concise format and presents a multitude of expert scholars' opinions in a verse-by-verse format.
This is an authoritative reference: I highly recommend this for anyone interested in a modern commentary of canonical books. Well researched, well written, with a wide range of scholars input.
top notch tome of information Oct 12, 2003
Being a former evangelical and now more mainline (ie, no longer in denial about the REALITY of an old universe, evolution, etc) I can vouch for the depth and value of this commentary, which tries successfully to blend objective information with scholarship re/ the bible and history. Unlike commentaries in christian bookstores, this one is usable by any christian with no hidden agenda. I see more detail in this text than many individual commentaries carry, but it doesn't bury the reader in detail. All in all, you can't lose with this work.