The listing is up for the 5th edition of the venerable New Oxford Annotated Bible. As usual, it will come in editions with or without the apocrypha/deuterocanonical books. I have only seen the hardcover and paperback listings so far. If they do a genuine leather edition, I hope it maintains the high quality of the 4th edition. The biblical text will, once again, be the NRSV.
For over 50 years students, professors, clergy, and general readers have relied on The New Oxford Annotated Bible as an unparalleled authority in Study Bibles. This fifth edition of the Annotated remains the best way to study and understand the Bible at home or in the classroom. This thoroughly revised and substantially updated edition contains the best scholarship informed by recent discoveries and anchored in the solid Study Bible tradition.
· Introductions and extensive annotations for each book by acknowledged experts in the field provide context and guidance.
· Introductory essays on major groups of biblical writings - Pentateuch, Prophets, Gospels, and other sections - give readers an overview that guides more intensive study.
· General essays on history, translation matters, different canons in use today, and issues of daily life in biblical times inform the reader of important aspects of biblical study.
· Maps and diagrams within the text contextualize where events took place and how to understand them.
· Color maps give readers the geographical orientation they need for understanding historical accounts throughout the Bible.
· Timelines, parallel texts, weights and measures, calendars, and other helpful tables help navigate the biblical world.
· An extensive glossary of technical terms demystifies the language of biblical scholarship.
An index to the study materials eases the way to the quick location of information.
The New Oxford Annotated Bible, with twenty new essays and introductions and others-as well as annotations-fully revised, offers the reader flexibility for any learning style. Beginning with a specific passage or a significant concept, finding information for meditation, sermon preparation, or academic study is straightforward and intuitive.
A volume that users will want to keep for continued reference, The New Oxford Annotated Bible continues the Oxford University Press tradition of providing excellence in scholarship for the general reader. Generations of users attest to its status as the best one-volume Bible reference tool for any home, library, or classroom.
Oxford University Press has a listing for the leather version on their website:
There is no photo, and the description only says "Genuine Leather," so I suppose it's too early to tell how the leather will compare to the 4th edition.
The NAOB is a great resource -- one that I wish was more widely known among Catholics. I think it would be great if Oxford might publish it in multiple translations -- like the publishers of the Ryrie Study Bible or Thompson Chain Reference Bible do. A current NAOB published across say, the last mainstream edition of the RSV, the NRSV, the Revised English Bible (I know about the Oxford Study Bible, but it doesn't compare with the NAOB for the depth of study resources), or the Common English Bible would be superb. Well, it is a dream I have...
The NOAB is most commonly used in colleges and seminaries, it has been a long time since I was an undergraduate, but when I was an undergraduate, the NOAB was the official textbook used in the classes on Old Testament and New Testament that the college offered every year, and it was widely available in the campus bookstore. It is useful to use the NOAB for a textbook because not only do you ensure that everyone in the class is using the same translation, but it comes with explanatory notes that students can use to answer some basic questions about the text.
20 new essays/intros!?!?
Anyone here still waiting for complete Ignatius Study Bible?
I have heard rumors that a complete Ignatius Study Bible may arrive at the end of next year. But then again.......
I am not waiting. Moved on years ago.
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