Study Bibles

Study Bibles

Jay Wilcoxen reviews the expanding genre of Study Bibles.

In 1952 the Revised Standard Version of the Christian Bible was published under the auspices of the National Council of Churches, the ecumenical body of mainline Protestant denominations in the USA. In the following generation this version of the Holy Bible finally replaced the worthy old King James Version of 1611 for the majority of Christians in those mainline churches.

A year or so ago I did an adult series at University Church in Hyde Park, Chicago, on “Three Historic Bibles in English,” and one of the Bibles described was the (New) Jerusalem Bible. Nearly half of this review will be spent explaining why this Bible was “historic.”

This is the first in a series of reviews of Study Bibles currently available. The OAB (and NOAB) has had four incarnations over almost fifty years, and has become virtually an institution. Only two of the editions have been completely new, the first and the third, but the overall character of the work was set at the beginning.

After some years of collecting study Bibles, using them selectively, examining their credentials and values, I have formed opinions of many of them. I propose in this new feature in "The Common Good News" to present a series of reviews of many of these study Bibles. Here are a few reasons why this may be useful.


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