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Zsofia
06-07-2007, 05:35 PM
I'm looking for a good King James edition with really good annotations - for reading as literature and cultural record, not religiously. Last time I passed the bible section of the bookstore it was pretty overwhelming, same thing here in the library. I'm particularly concerned with the annotations being comprehensive and with an emphasis on the historical and language. I've got Asimov's Guide to the Old Testament hanging around here somewhere - an additional volume like that might be nice as well. Any favorites?

FriarTed
06-07-2007, 05:57 PM
I searched through all the KJV study Bible section of www.christianbook.com & they all were geared towards more religious/theological perspectives. I was hoping there was an Oxford Annotated KJV, but the Oxford Annotated editions are all in New RSV or original RSV. Oxford University Press does publish the Scofield Reference Bible, but that definitely has a fundamentalist dispensational slant.

Zsofia
06-07-2007, 06:10 PM
I searched through all the KJV study Bible section of www.christianbook.com & they all were geared towards more religious/theological perspectives. I was hoping there was an Oxford Annotated KJV, but the Oxford Annotated editions are all in New RSV or original RSV. Oxford University Press does publish the Scofield Reference Bible, but that definitely has a fundamentalist dispensational slant.
Rats. You'd think there's a niche there to be filled, wouldn't you? The King James is the language of my childhood and far more lovely than any version with R in the title, but it'd be nice to have annotations with a bunch of historical and cultural context rather than otherwise.

Captain Amazing
06-07-2007, 06:16 PM
The King James is the language of my childhood. . .

How old are you? I don't think the King James has been the language of anybody's childhood for the past 350 years or so. :)

Zsofia
06-07-2007, 06:20 PM
How old are you? I don't think the King James has been the language of anybody's childhood for the past 350 years or so. :)
On the Internet, nobody knows you're an Elizabethan!

I meant I grew up with a bunch of thees and thous in my Bible verses, smarty pants.

FriarTed
06-07-2007, 06:30 PM
For a scholarly non-sectarian study Bible, though from my perspective, there's a liberal theological slant, I have to recommend either the Oxford Annotated RSV (and I assume the OxAnn NRSV is just as good) or the HarperCollins NRSV Study Bible, which has even the DeuteroCanonical books left out of Catholic Bibles & Protestant Apocryphas (actually I think it's just two more books of Maccabees, III & IV which are accepted by the Orthodox Church- no books of Enoch, though!)

jayjay
06-07-2007, 07:27 PM
I was going to suggest Asimov then saw that the OP mentioned it already...

You should dig the Asimov out. It's probably much more detailed and interesting than an annotated version would be.

Carm6773
06-07-2007, 07:50 PM
I have The Rainbow Study Bible (http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=00253&netp_id=103205&event=ESRCN&item_code=WW). I originally had a KJV, but have since gotten an NIV. I love it.

BlakeTyner
06-07-2007, 10:59 PM
For a scholarly non-sectarian study Bible, though from my perspective, there's a liberal theological slant, I have to recommend either the Oxford Annotated RSV (and I assume the OxAnn NRSV is just as good) or the HarperCollins NRSV Study Bible, which has even the DeuteroCanonical books left out of Catholic Bibles & Protestant Apocryphas (actually I think it's just two more books of Maccabees, III & IV which are accepted by the Orthodox Church- no books of Enoch, though!)

I'll second the NSRV Study Bible...that's what got my through my religion minor.

Mister Rik
06-08-2007, 02:04 AM
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible is loaded with interesting historical/geographical information. However, it's all in the back of the book, not interspersed with the text. Marginal references in the text point you to the relevant section in the back. It also includes (in the KJV) a glossary of all those "archaic" words.

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