Item description for The HarperCollins Study Bible: Fully Revised & Updated by Harold W. Attridge, Wayne A. Meeks & Jouette M. Bassler...
Overview A revised and updated edition of the landmark study Bible based on the New Revised Standard Version furnishes introductions to each book of the Bible, written by leading experts in the field, accompanied by essays on the archaeology and religion of the texts, social and historical contexts, theological and interpretive notes, maps, and charts. Simultaneous.
The landmark general reference Bible that offers the full text of the New Revised Standard Version, now completely revised and updated by leading biblical scholars, including, new introductions and notes, diagrams, charts and maps--25% revised or new material.
After 10 years of new archeological discoveries and changes in biblical studies, it was time for an overhaul of this classic reference work.
With the guidance of the Society of Biblical Literature, an organization of the best biblical scholars world wide, we have selected Dean of Yale Divinity School, Harold Attridge, to oversee the Study Bible's updating and revision.
- The fundamental strengths of the first HCSB remain . . .
up-to-date introductions to the Biblical books, based on the latest critical scholarship, by leading experts in the field
concise notes, clearly explaining names, dates, places, obscure terms, and other difficulties in reading the Biblical text
careful analysis of the structure of Biblical books
abundant maps, tables, and charts to enable the reader to understand the context of the Bible, and to see the relationship among its parts.
- But, in this new revised edition . . .
Every introduction, essay, map, illustration and explanatory note has been reviewed and updated, and new material added. For instance,
There are newly commissioned introductory essays on
the archaeology of ancient Israel and the New Testament world,
the religion of ancient Israel,
the social and historical context of each book of the Bible, and
on Biblical interpretation
There are completely new introductions and notes for many of the books in the Bible, plus a full revision and updating of all others.
Of special interest are:
The literary history of the Pentateuch (those books between the Old and New Testament that Catholics include in their Bible)
More references to ancient non-Biblical sources which seem to parallel books in the Bible like the Gnostic gospels uncovered in Egypt or the famous scrolls found near the Dead Sea in Israel.
And, more comprehensive attention to the interrelationship of Old and New Testaments
Citations And Professional Reviews The HarperCollins Study Bible: Fully Revised & Updated by Harold W. Attridge, Wayne A. Meeks & Jouette M. Bassler has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 93
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 3.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Edition Revised and Upd
ISBN 006078685X ISBN13 9780060786854
Bible Binding: Hardcover Color: Full Color Point/Type Size: 10.00 Version: NRSV Concordance: Yes - Built In Concordance
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More About Harold W. Attridge, Wayne A. Meeks & Jouette M. Bassler
Harold W. Attridge (PhD, Harvard University) is the Sterling Professor of Divinity, former Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean, and former Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including a leading critical commentary on Hebrews and a forthcoming commentary on John, both in the Hermeneia series.
Harold W. Attridge has published or released items in the following series...
Biblical Scholarship in North America
Early Christian Apocrypha
Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
Reviews - What do customers think about The HarperCollins Study Bible: Fully Revised & Updated?
Is more better or just more? Mar 25, 2007
The editor of first edition of the HarperCollins Bible was Wayne A. Meeks, a notable Pauline scholar and Professor of Biblical Studies at Yale. The second edition, or "Revised and Updated" edition is edited by a scholar with equally impressive credentials: Harold W. Attridge, one of the best known New Testament scholars alive. Together they have produced the finest study Bible of the past few years. The approach is rigorously critical and scholarly. Those searching for devotional or theological commentary (which asks "What does this mean for MY life?") are advised to look elsewhere. This revised edition has a lot more information crammed into the notes than the first edition (see my review in loco). This makes for a heavier and bulkier volume than is ideal. I also found the notes of the first edition generally more readable than those in the second edition. My recommendation is to get the first edition, rather than this one. More is not always better. Also the type of the first edition is clearer than this one. Beautifully illustrated color maps can be found at the back of the Bible.
Shoddy Production, Excellent Text Nov 27, 2006
For years this text has been a staple of many a classrooms. This text and the notes themselves are superb. Hands down this was for many years a spectacular production. However all this is ruined by HarperCollins recent production of this text with shoddy design and materials.
The version listed here has been significantly changed. The layout is cramped at best. The margins are minuscule leaving little to no room for personal comments or notes within the text. Which seems kind of ridiculous for a student bible not having room for the student to make notes in. They have additionally changed the font in this text making it even more difficult to read. It is to narrow now and plays havoc on the eyes.
The maps are horrible! Instead of drawn maps they have been rendered by digital maps that have been pixelated horribly! I am all for digital maps but don't do it in such away that when you look at it everything is blurry and you can't see anything. The maps as they are just seem to take up space. This could have been good had they taken sometime and made good maps. But no we are stuck with horrible maps.
And the space between the columns have been significantly reduced. To the point it is easy to miss the ending of one and continue reading into the other.
The text itself and notes are absolutely wonderful. The quality and production of this text is horrific. So all I can say is buyer beware.
"Desert Island" Study Bible of Choice Nov 12, 2006
My question as a user of the first edition of Harper Collins Study Bible was whether it was worth "upgrading" to the new version. The new edition is the same trim size as the original, which makes it (still) an appreciably better fit in one's hand than either New Oxford (Third Edition) or New Interpreters (NRSV) Study Bibles. It also has more general articles than the first edition (though not yet at the level of the still-unsurpassed introductory articles of the Oxford Revised English Study Bible), yet manages all this in fewer pages than before. How? With a slight (but notable) reduction in font size, albeit with slightly darker print in compensation, and with even narrower margins.
If you have none of the top-flight Study Bibles mentioned herein, by all means go with the new Harper Collins (the notes, which highlight ancient social, political, historical and textual details, appear to cover much of the same ground as did the first edition). If you already own a Harper Collins, but neither New Oxford (the largest font-size of the three, whose editorial apparatus seeks to address similar textual concerns, along with consideration for modern church usage) nor New Interpreters (the smallest font-size, by a decisive drop, and self-conciously more "theological" in its efforts), you might want to obtain these next, while not overlooking the excellent notes (and translations) of either the New Jerusalem Bible or Oxford's Jewish Study Bible.
Of making many Study Bibles there is no end Oct 26, 2006
Every day there seems to be another new study or devotional Bible on the market. If you're not a Bible fetishist, this plethora of choices must be truly mind-boggling. All I can say on behalf of the "Fully Revised and Updated Harper Collins Study Bible" is that the first edition was great and the revised edition has some nice enhancements. First, it comes with a concordance that is complete enough to help readers find key passages, but not so long as to make the book too thick and bulky to handle. Also, the Bible includes five articles that provide clear explanations of important topics every Bible reader should be aware of: Strategies for Reading Scripture; Israelite Religion; The Greco-Roman Context of the New Testament; The Bible and Archaeology; and Archaeologoy and the New Testament. Many of the introductions to individual books of the Bible have been revised. The scholarship in the articles and introductions is consistently good and they are written in language that is sensitive to both the person of faith and to those people who may be interested in the Bible as literature who don't want to have doctrinal positions foisted upon them. The notes, the editors assure us, have also been thoroughly revised. The Bible employs the New Revised Standard Version (which has not changed since the earlier 1993 editon of the HCSB was first published) and includes the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books, those books read by Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians but not by all Protestant traditions. If you only want to buy one study Bible, this may be the one for you.
For liberal theologians Sep 17, 2006
Buyers beware, the Bible commentaries are written by liberal theologians. They tend to disbelieve miracles and try explaining away Divine prophecy by assigning late dates for the books. When I was reading the commentaries, I couldn't help but get the feeling that the writers were trying to destroy my faith. Also, while it is not a bad translation, the NRSV does have some gender-neutrality inserted into it. All in all, I cannot recommend this study Bible. It reads like skeptics and non-believers wrote it.