Item description for NRSV Green Bible-HC by Harper Bibles...
Overview Presents a "green" version of the New Revised Standard Bible, offering essays from key leaders such as N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Brian McLaren.
The Green Bible will equip and encourage you to see God's vision for creation and help you engage in the work of healing and sustaining it. This first Bible of its kind includes inspirational essays from key leaders such as N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, Pope John Paul II, and Wendell Berry. As you read the scriptures anew, The Green Bible will help you see that caring for the earth is not only a calling, but a lifestyle.
Awards and Recognitions NRSV Green Bible-HC by Harper Bibles has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christian Retailing's Best - 2009 Finalist - Bibles (General) category
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 9" Weight: 1.58 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 2008
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0061627992 ISBN13 9780061627996
Bible Binding: Hardcover Color: Full Color Point/Type Size: 8.00 Version: NRSV
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NRSV: The Bible for Everyone
Many of us pay scant attention to the Bible translation we use, and yet we all want the most accurate and readable translation available for our study and devotional use. That Bible translation is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). Widely recognized by scholars and religious authorities as the most accurate translation, it is also the direct successor of the beloved King James Bible, following in that Bible’s tradition of elegant, readable prose. As a literal translation rather than a paraphrase, the NRSV leaves interpretation in the hands of the reader. Its groundbreaking use of nonsexist language for generic pronouns—for example, “brothers and sisters” instead of “brothers”—corrects a long-standing problem with English translations of the Bible. Because of a lack of a generic third person singular pronoun, previous translations used “he” or “him” when both men and women were indicated, often obscuring the original meaning.
Created by a committee of scholars from all three branches of the Christian church—Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox—the NRSV is the least sectarian translation compared to most other popular versions. Further, more denominations have chosen the NRSV as their official translation than any other translation on the market. Trustworthy, readable, and ecumenical, the NRSV is the Bible for everyone.
Whether your Bible needs are academic, vocational, or devotional, Harper Bibles offers an NRSV edition perfect for you.
Reviews - What do customers think about NRSV Green Bible-HC?
doesn't promote the true message of the Bible Apr 20, 2010
The notes in this Bible take the focus off of the whole purpose of the Bible and shift it to a non-christian, non-judeo world view. It promotes nature worship instead of the true and original intention of the Bible, God worship. This Bible claims that, "creation care is at the very core of our Christian walk" (intro. 1-20). God does teach us in the Bible to take care of the earth, but he doesn't tell us to make it our priority or to worship creation by putting it above all else. Our priority according to the Bible should be "The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart," Deuteronomy 6:4-6. This Bible, in the intro, claims that the biggest problem in the world is that the world [physical earth]is dying. The Bible itself clearly states that the biggest problem in the world is that souls are perishing because of SIN. (John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23) God is going to make a new heavens and new earth one day (Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13), so even though we DO NEED TO take care of our earth, it is not eternal in its current state. Our SOULS however are ETERNAL and we have to make the choice whether our souls will live eternally in heaven or lie in hell forever. That is a much bigger problem than saving a physical earth that will someday be recreated in perfection. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." The eternal death of the souls of all of earth's inhabitants is a much bigger issue than the death of a planet which will be reborn. In Luke 12:33-35 and Matthew 6:20-22 Jesus talks about focusing on eternal things, not earthly things that will one day fade away. Let's keep our priorities straight and really save the world by helping people see their need to save their souls, through faith in Jesus Christ as the one and only God and Savior!
Isaiah 65:17 says, "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind."
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Counter Productive much? Apr 17, 2010
Okay, how many trees are we killing to make thousands of these useless bibles with passages highlighted in green?! Seriously, 10 bibles like this will kill at least one tree. 500,000 bibles like this made means 50,000 trees, roughly 50 forests is destroyed! Where will all those poor, displaced animals live? And where will our ability to breathe oxygen come from with all of these forests that are destroyed?!?!?! Not to mention the thousands of barrels of oil, the hours of slave labor with little to no wages by small children in Asia used to manufacture these bibles. This is preposterous, and probably one of the dumbest ideas ever. Maybe applying the Word accurately and searching the scriptures (which is what God would want us to do--rather than have things spoon fed to us) would be a better use of time and spiritual energy as opposed to senselessly slaughtering thousands of trees and animals. Maybe we should print a bible with all the joys of heaven highlighted so that people will commit suicide faster and go live with God.
Green Bible Feb 12, 2010
How do you take care of the world God has given all mankind is very informative. If only all mankind knew the importance of taking care of this beautiful earth for our children & grandchildren.
Green Bible Feb 5, 2010
Purchased as a gift to one of our previous ministers at our church who is very inerested in "green " things. She really liked it and hadn't seen it before.
Shame on You! (Greens - Don't get suckered!) Jan 19, 2010
I anxiously bought a Green Bible for environmental discussions with believers. I actually read all 121 (non-biblical) introductory pages, all the greened text in the 1,312 pages of the old and new testaments, the "Trail Guide", Where do You Go from Here", "Green Subject Index", and "Concordance" (bible jargon for an ordinary index).
Frankly, I was very disappointed. Mark Tauber, HarperOne publisher, stated that the Green Bible was developed with the intention of being "the first ever specialty bible that takes the issues of sustainability, stewardship of the earth, what many in the religious community call `creation care' very seriously". HarperOne also claims "the Bible contains more references to the environment than it does about love or most other subjects. With over 1,000 references to the earth in the Bible, compared to 490 references to heaven and 530 references to love, the Bible carries a powerful message for the earth."
The Green Bible doesn't live up to its stated "intentions". The flowery reviews must be from people who are promoting it without actually reading it.
The greenest part of this bible is in the 121 non-biblical introductory pages, written by mere mortals. The Old Testament (940 pages) contains the majority of the "green" highlights. It seems that selections were made by doing a word search for terms like "land", "cloud" or "earth" and then highlighting that phrase. Most green text has little or nothing to do with sustainability or stewardship of the earth. "Green" text: Psalm 76.4 "Glorious are you, more majestic than the everlasting mountains" Since that line contained "mountains", it was highlighted in green. Yes, it is an environmental reference but no, it is not valuable. I suppose a spin doctor could make a green sustainability and stewardship of the earth sermon out of that line, but mere mortals see little green in it.
The green in the New Testament (280 pages) is even more obscure (dare I say deceptive). Green text: Mark 14.32 "They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples "sit here while I pray."!" Why is that greened? What has that to do with sustainability and stewardship of the earth? By far, most of the NT green is mostly evangelical and has practically nothing to do with sustainability and stewardship of the earth.
The biggest green message in the bible is that the earth is clearly regarded as a valuable reward for people, not just a resource. Earth is awarded to those who do biblical goodness. In the bible, earth is valuable not in a monetary sense but as a way of sustaining life. It is the source of food and water and is beautiful and allows you and your family to be fruitful and multiply. It is never referenced as something to be mined, logged, exploited, polluted, exhausted, or "lain waste" as the "dominion" defenders argue as their divine right. In the bible, barren infertile land is punishment for wrongdoing and wrongdoers.
It is plain that living well on earth is desirable, Godly, and only possible with healthy vibrant land. God provided healthy vibrant land. Those who defile it are wrongdoing. That simple biblical statement is clear, but it doesn't take 1,000 deceptively greened obscure references in 1,312 pages to say it. It just takes a few sentences, driven home with a big hammer or maybe with the threat of eternal damnation.
HarperOne found over 1,000 earthly references by greening a great many useless and obscure phrases that very loosely refer to something earthly, ANYTHING earthly. It seems that the true intention of the Green Bible is twofold: first, to get (environmentally conscious) people to spend their green on this bible and second, to evangelize to the "Greens" (people educated about the earth).
Interestingly, I found many biblical references for helping the poor and many arguments against wealth. Maybe HarperOne should highlight THOSE references, call it the "Honest Bible" and then read what they publish!
My conclusion: HarperOne just joined the ranks of low-life go-green marketers who deceive people by suggesting that they're offering something that will contribute to the sustainability and stewardship of the earth when in reality they offer almost nothing. I suppose that the "green" money people are spending on this book is the only green HarperOne really wants to sustain. They're just wasting trees and green ink. Gosh, that's not very green or Christian!