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The Access Bible, New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha (Paperback 9872A) [Paperback]

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Item Specifications...

Pages   2176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.09" Width: 6.58" Height: 1.88"
Weight:   3.09 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195282175  
EAN  9780195282177  
Point/Type Size: 0.00
Version: NRSV

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Modern readers of the Bible are time travelers visiting a society and culture very different from their own. Strange customs, unfamiliar words and novel concepts encountered in the Bible's pages can make understanding the Word of God a real challenge. The Iccess Bible is friendly to people who've never studied the Bible before. It's been carefully written and edited so that those new to the world of Bible study can just pick it up - and start reading . A unique feature of the Access Bible is the running commentary which is interspersed with the Bible text. Difficult concepts are clearly explained in terms which everyday readers can easily understand. There's no need to have a dictionary by your side when you're using the Access Bible . When a technical explanation is required, all of the terms are defined right on the page, as well as in a glossary at the back. History, social contexts, religious practices, the beliefs of ancient peoples - all are explained when the Bible text requires it. In addition, this Bible was designed to contain all the background information needed by believers from a wide spectrum of churches. The Access Bible sets a new standard for ease of understanding the Scriptures!

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gail R. O'Day is Almar H. Shatford Professor of Preaching and New Testament and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the Gospel of John, including the John commentary for the New Interpreter's Bible. In addition to the Gospel of John, her research and teaching interests include literary criticism and biblical studies, history of biblical interpretation, and biblical hermeneutics and preaching.

Gail R. O'Day was born in 1954.

Gail R. O'Day has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Westminster Bible Companion

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The Access Bible is accessible  Nov 30, -0001
A unique study Bible that combines a reliable translation (NRSV) with all of the helps useful to the beginning student of the Bible who is willing to engage the text seriously. It is balanced in its reliance on the best scholarship and it respects the Bible's diversity with its inherent tensions and disharmonies. Not a good choice for those who seek a single interpretation that will reinforce their existing beliefs (e.g., Christian fundamentalists and some of the more conservative evangelicals).
Wonderful study Bible  Nov 30, -0001
The Access Bible is the best study Bible I have found. The notes are basic enough that you don't feel like the notes should have notes, but they are scholarly enough that you feel like you have a good sense of the passage you just read. The focus is on things that are central and relevant, not esoteric and only interesting to specialists.

I particularly like the way the notes and text alternate, rather than using footnotes. I find it very difficult to read back and forth between text and footnotes, so have the Bible broken down into a portion of Biblical text and then a portion of notes works very well for me.

While the frankness with which current scholarship is presented might offend some very conservative readers (the Bible, for example, makes no attempt to pretend that Genesis 1-2 presents a literal account of creation and instead points out the differences between the two creation accounts), I think that there is something in here for most Christians of any denomination or theological persuasion, as well as for non-Christians seeking to understand what mainline Christian biblical scholarship and interpretation looks like.
Great NRSV Bible with Apocrypha for Aspiring Scholars  Nov 30, -0001
I bought this bible since it is a NRSV -- the version often used in the Episcopal Church USA. I found it to be a well crafted and pretty comprehensive tool -- includes Apocryhpa, has a number of really good maps, easy to use concordance, etc. I like the commentary at the beginning of each book and throughout the different sections in each chapter. The dictionary in the back is wonderful for defining terms like "Pharisees" and "septuagint". The design promotes understanding consistent with the times the passage was written. I also appreciate the comprehensive introduction by the authors at the beginning. It has already fostered greater biblical understanding and appreciation for me. Wishlist for the future hardcover editions -- ribbon markers (2 or 3) and red letters (Jesus' words). [The main reason I rated the bible 4 out of 5 stars.]
Great Study Bible  Nov 30, -0001
My preferred study bible has always been the RSV Oxford Annotated Bible (OAB). Its handy size, moderate scholarship, and helpful yet brief notes made it for me the best study bible available. However, even though the RSV OAB has now been superseded by the NRSV OAB, I've found the Access Bible worthier to succeed the RSV OAB than the updated NRSV OAB. Like the RSV OAB, the size and layout of the Access Bible are more convenient than the NRSV OAB and the notations are briefer and more mainstream in tone. I will go further and say that even though I prefer the RSV text of the bible, for an amateur student like me, the notations, essays, and introductions in the Access Bible are superior to those of the RSV OAB.

The Access Bible is billed as "an ecumenical learning resource for people of faith". This might lead one to think that it's a devotional, rather than scholarly, work. However, it is in fact primarily scholarly in the sense that rather than fostering devotion or teaching doctrine, the contributors aim to explicate the text along the lines of moderate to liberal mainstream scholarship. This means that the contributors, e.g. the notes for Hosea, are much more likely to sermonize about the dangers of patriarchy than the dangers of sin. The "people of faith" for whom this work is intended are primarily mainline Christians who are beginning bible students. If if that is you, or you can live with that, this is a very helpful work.

After having owned both the soft and hardcover editions of this bible, I find the hardcover so much more usable that I strongly encourage all to purchase it. A soft cover volume of this size simply isn't suited for the sort of use a bible sees. At this size, even a good quality softcover binding is too weak to be durable. Furthermore, with a volume of this size, a soft cover binding can't hold up the text block (i.e. the leaves of the book, rather than the cover/binding) on its own, forcing the reader's hands and arms to do the work that the binding should. This is why it's easier to hold a heavy-ish hard cover book for an extended period than a relatively light soft cover edition of the same work.
The Access Bible  Nov 30, -0001
The Access Bible is a scholarly version of the Holy Bible written in the New Revised Standard Version translation . It includes the Apocrypha, books that were not included in the original church canon, which broadens the depth of the familiar text. The Access Bible clarifies the language and purpose of each passage. I am involved in a Bible study at my church and the minister who is leading the study suggested the Access Bible as one of the best study Bibles available. I have certainly found this to be true.

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