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NRSV Discipleship Study Bible in Hardcover [Hardcover]

By Bruce C. Birch (Editor), Brian K. Blount (Editor) & Thomas G. Long (Editor)
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Item description for NRSV Discipleship Study Bible in Hardcover by Bruce C. Birch, Brian K. Blount & Thomas G. Long...

This distinctive study Bible helps explain the ancient texts on their own terms and the meaning of the texts for today, making it an indispensable book for reference and discipleship.

Publishers Description

Other NRSV study Bibles provide factual information about the biblical text, but don't include extensive guidance for Christian living. "The Discipleship Study Bible" is unique in offering both. Its annotations emphasize the personal and communal implications of the Bible for today without sacrificing the tools needed for understanding the ancient texts on their own terms. In combining these approaches to Bible study, a group of gifted writers, editors, and scholars have produced a truly comprehensive resource that includes introductory essays to each book of the Bible by top-notch contemporary Bible scholars; the complete text of the New Revised Standard Version, including Apocrypha; a chronology of the events and literature of ancient Israel and early Christianity; a concise concordance; and eight pages of color maps.

Citations And Professional Reviews
NRSV Discipleship Study Bible in Hardcover by Bruce C. Birch, Brian K. Blount & Thomas G. Long has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 12/16/2008 page 24
  • Christian Century - 10/21/2008 page 50

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   2198
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.8"
Weight:   3.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 2, 2008
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664223710  
ISBN13  9780664223717  

Bible Binding: Hardcover
Color: Full Color
Point/Type Size: 12.00
Version: NRSV
Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction!
Concordance: Yes - Built In Concordance
Illustrations: Yes - Contains Illustrations
Maps: Yes - Contains Maps

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More About Bruce C. Birch, Brian K. Blount & Thomas G. Long

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce C. Birch is Dean and Professor of Old Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. He is a contributing author to volume II of the New Interpreter's Bible and The Old Testament: A Theological Introduction.

Bruce C. Birch has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Biblical Perspectives on Current Issues
  2. Westminster Bible Companion

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The Discipleship Study Bible  Nov 5, 2009
Excellant footnotes. Easy for a new Bible student to read and understand. The information before each book is well written and concise. I reccommend as a good study Bible.
The Discipleship Study Bible  Sep 28, 2009
I was disappointed with this purchase because this study bible does not have any in-text diagrams and illustrations

I owned several study bibles. This is the only one that does not have in text illustrations
Great Resource  Aug 17, 2009
The Discipleship Study Bible (DSB) was released by Westminster John Knox Press in June of 2008 and retails for $39.99.

The DSB offers both background and commentary in an academic format, while also addressing the needs of spiritual growth (discipleship). Combining these two approaches, of understanding the text in the historical setting and in the contemporary setting, serves to set the DSB apart.

The DSB is organized around the following features (p. xii):
* Comments by an outstanding team of internationally known biblical scholars.
* Features common to most study Bibles, with basic information that helps make the ancient witness understandable to modern readers.
* Notes that attempt to make connection with the entire range of the Christian life.
* The use of the NRSV translation of the biblical text.

Other features of the DSB include:
* Introduction to the history and formation of the NRSV translation
* Full Apocrypha
* 8 full-color maps
* 69 pages of concordance, including biographies of biblical people
* Brief chronology, beginning in 2000BCE with the Ancestors and Exodus and concluding with the destruction of the second temple in 70CE
* Extended introductions to each biblical book (ranging from 1-6 pages)
* Study notes and commentary
Additionally, the DSB is printed with a nice medium-sized font and heavily bound in hardback.


The greatest strength of the DSB, aside from its excellent team of scholars, are the notes found in the footing. They carry a nice balance of commentary, discipleship, and historical data. This is a very unique feature and provides a wonderful study tool for the reader. Examples of each approach include:

Commentary approach:
Psalm 119:22-23: "Often accused of being legalistic, the psalm clearly suggests the psalmist is not materially rewarded for his or her faithfulness. Rather, she or he is scorned and persecuted here and in vv. 42, 51, 61, 69, and elsewhere. Sorrow and affliction are also articulated in vv. 28, 50, 71, and elsewhere. Thus this servant (v. 17) is a suffering servant."

Luke 1:3: "An ordinary account--Here Luke implies that his is a more effective rendering of the Gospel in terms of both narrative sequence and theology. He reminds us that storytelling is at the heart of the Christian witness and that even in its earliest decades, multiple stories of Jesus circulated among Christian communities (vv. 1-2). The gospel has never been univocal. This accords with the scholarly consensus that Luke probably drew on Mark's Gospel and other sources when he composed his Gospel. Theophilus--Theophilus may be the name of a patron or a general reference to Luke's reader as a `lover of God.'"

Discipleship approach:
Luke 1:46-55: "Mary's Song--It is impossible to overestimate the significance of Mary's hymn, the Magnificat. The only extended speech in all of Luke-Acts attributed to a female character, it casts Mary as a prophet...The vision of social justice that Mary prophesies here reappears at the center of Jesus' mission, in Jesus' parables, and in Jesus' teaching on discipleship, where he reminds his hearers, `What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.' For Luke, discipleship is a life that embraces the gospel's call to justice and counters the widening gap between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless."
(This also serves as an example of the social justice approach to the study notes)

Proverbs 2:1-22: "Wisdom and Faith Are Related--Having wisdom in one's heart is closely tied to being one of the Lord's faithful followers. An active pursuit of wisdom leads also to the knowledge of God, who is the source of all insight and understanding."

Historical approach:
Sirach 29:1-20: "On lending and borrowing--Absent a system of banking, lending or providing surety for a loan were individual acts that assisted someone less well off. Potential dangers accompanied these individual acts of kindness. Lenders often failed to get back what they lent, and those providing surety could easily lose the resources they offered."

Philemon 9: "According to the first-century Judean philosopher Philo, an `elder' is a man between fifty and fifty-six years of age. But an alternative reading, `ambassador,' is consonant with the diplomatic tone of the letter and Paul's ambassadorial self-presentation elsewhere."


With a concentration on social justice and personal piety, I have found the DSB to be a refreshing approach to the typical study Bible format. The extended introductions and the well-balanced study notes make this an excellent resource for all those interested in extending their understanding of the Bible while deepening their faith and commitment to themselves and others through discipleship.

The editors and contributors are listed here:
Editors: Bruce Birth (Wesley Theological Seminary), Brian Blount (Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education), Thomas Long (Emory University), Gail O'Day (Emory University), and W. Sibley Towner (Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education).

Contributors: Bruce Birch, Brian Blount, Nancy Bowen, John Bracke, William Brown, Allen Callahan, Warren Carter, Linda Day, Kathleen Farmer, Mary Foskett, Terence Fretheim, Julie Galambush, Frances Gench, Frank Gorman, Jr., David Hay, John Holbert, Denise Hopkins, W. Lee Humphreys, Deborah Krause, Jeffrey Kuan, Nancy Lee, Gary Light, Clint McCann, Jefferson McCrory, Jr., Gail O'Day, Paul Redditt, Stephen Reid, Edesio Sanchez, Stanley Saunders, Vincent Skemp, Beth Tanner, Mark Throntveit, W. Sibley Towner, Robert Wall, and Benjamin Wright III.

Great investment  May 25, 2009
This is a larger print bible that has wonderful comments, concordance, maps, and explanations. It is very easy to read and tough enough for writing in... I like the hard back cover as well.
Easy to Understand  Mar 27, 2009
I bought "The Decipleship Study Bible" because our new pastor uses NRSV in his teachings. I find that it is very easy to understand. Having grown up with a KJV that was difficult to understand, I now feel I can learn so much more about the Bible by using "The Decipleshp Study Bible, NRSV"

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