The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version Black Genuine LeatherOxford University Press / 2018 / Genuine Leather$52.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 29 Reviews
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Bryan Skoda4 Stars Out Of 5One of the best kept Bible translation secrets.June 9, 2012Bryan SkodaQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4In my opinion, the New Revised Standard Version is the rightful heir to the King James legacy passing through ASV, RSV, and now the 4th edition of the NRSV. Many evangelicals will not look at this because they may feel the editorial team is not conservative/fundamental enough (to their loss). It is a good marriage of traditional wording and phrasing yet dispensing with the overly archaic features of the KJV. It takes full advantage of modern textual resources including Dead Sea Scrolls. They also are careful to reveal Singular/Plural distinctions (in footnotes) which are lost by dispensing with the thee/thou's from the KJV. Occasionally, they go a little overboard on the gender inclusive thing, but most modern translations do also.
One of the reasons this translation flies under the radar is that the current version is not available on the internet in the various desktop, web, and mobile software products. Also, the various size and style offerings that most translations have are quite restricted for this one. Oxford is really your main choice with not allot of other (good) options. This Bible comes with translator notes and textual footnotes as well. They are typically on the liberal/scholarly side, but that also keeps much of the denominational bias out. Since the Apocrypha is included, it makes for a fairly heavy Bible and the associated thinner paper and somewhat smaller print, but the quality of the translation is worth it. The standard Oxford edition comes in paperback, hardcover, and bonded leather, etc. I have the paper back. It opens fairly flat considering the large number of pages.
If you're looking for state of the art paper, font, layout, cover, etc. you can do better with other translations. But if you want a readable, accurate, scholarly, quality translation of the Holy Bible that is one of the best representations of the original manuscripts available, you should give it a try. I own about 20 translations and I'm using this for my regular morning reader.
sleepingquailConcord, NHAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderfully complete bible.April 4, 2012sleepingquailConcord, NHAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the nicest Bible that I've seen, though I wish that there were more ribbon bookmarks. The accompanying commentary makes up for the paucity of footnotes in most NRSV Bibles.
I recommend this Bible to anyone that is curious about the Apocrypha. It is placed separate between the testaments and not dispersed as in the Catholic Bibles. I love this translation for it's clarity.
Isaac Curtis JohnsonClinton, MSAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5AMAZING!October 26, 2011Isaac Curtis JohnsonClinton, MSAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have bought many Bibles from Oxford over the years and know that they are know for their quality. I have an RSV Oxford Annotated Bible, an NRSV New Oxford Annotated Bible 3rd edition and now this, the NRSV New Oxford Annotated Bible 4th edition. With all of these Bibles I have opted to get the leather edition.
After having the RSV and NRSV 3rd edition NRSV NOAB, I figured that I knew what I was getting; thin pages with lots of seethrough, a handsome but stiff genuine leather cover, and pages that are in need of being un stuck because of the gold gilt. I know that I am sounding critical; however, I have truly enjoyed my other editions. I knew I wasn't paying premium price, so I expected what I got.
This Bible completely blew my exceptions out of the water! First off, the box is classy yet modern in its presentation; it is also of a very high quality with what seems to be a cloth material on the bottom of the box.
When I opened the box, I was surprised by the wonderful smell of leather. The other editions have a leather smell, but not like this. Upon opening the box, the whole room was filled with the smell of this wonderful leather.
After smelling such a wonderful aroma, I was all the more excited about getting the Bible out of the wrapper as quickly as possible without scratching the gold gilt page edges.
When I freed the Bible of it plastic cover, my hands confirmed what my nose had suspected. You see, it was some of the finest leather I had ever handled; it was thick, soft and supple. I quickly looked at the box again to make sure it did not say Calfskin Leather, because that is exactly what it felt like. This is one of the most flexible Bibles I have ever had the pleasure of holding. Where ever the Bible was not supported my my hands, it gracefully plunged toward the floor.
I realized that I was experiencing something very special, because this Bible had all the makings of a wonderful binding. It is smyth-sewn which allows the Bible to lay flat coupled with a limp leather cover that lays flat without the need of assistance. With that combo this Bible was able to lay flat at Genesis 1 to the end of the concordance. There is also a gold gilt line that goes completely around the edges if the inside of the cover. Most publishers don't do this anymore, so I am thankful that Oxford has kept doing it.
I am also thankful that Oxford has found a way to increase the content of the Bible while making it a hair less thick than the 3rd edition. This was achieved by making the pages a little thinner. Even though the pages are thinner, they seem to be more opaque, so you don't have to worry about a ton of seethrough.
The font in this edition is a little smaller, (which also helps to cut down on thickness) but the readability still retained do to spacing being improved.
I would recommend this Bible to anyone looking for a quality copy of the NRSV. Even if you don't agree with the notes, the quality is so good that it could be used without reading the notes. I have to say that this is the best New Oxford Annotated Bible I have ever seen and held, and quite possibly the best Oxford Oxford in general.
You can't go wrong with this one!
Thanks Oxford for producing such a wonderful edition.
NateTazewell, VAAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Bible!October 20, 2011NateTazewell, VAAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the 3rd NOAB I've owned! They are great! Great text, footnotes, and tools!
HanleyesSouth Milwaukee, WIAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Classic ContinuesOctober 17, 2011HanleyesSouth Milwaukee, WIAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This Bible has been printed for years and recently the 4th Edition has been released. First I have to say when you open the box for the first time you are greeted by a wonderful smell of leather, this Bible has a scent all its own. I've had MANY leather bibles over the years but none had the smell of this leather. Also, when you pick it up, this is the softest genuine leather Bible I've ever had. You could even roll up the cover like a map and it folds back down flat. This is a good quality Bible. However, it can have a few issues. With that soft of a leather, it can be a bit limp when holding it in one hand. Also, I don't know what it is with Oxford Bibles, but the ribbons always seem to start fraying immediately...and you do get two which is helpful!
As for the content, the layout of it is great with it being one column making it easy to differentiate between the text of the Bible and the notes. Some say it doesn't have headings in the Biblical text, and it doesn't. But if you look at the notes, the "story" headings are there in bold. With all this good there was one bad: My first day I found a typo on page 592 for a caption on a map it says "Firsth Chronicles." Other than that little find everything about this Bible is amazing, highly recommended for content and quality.