- Designed for use by members of different religious traditions or for those with a general interest in biblical studies
- Provides a clear scholarly commentary on all the texts traditionally described as The Apocrypha
- Written with a sharp awareness of new biblical scholarship
- Reissued in a handy paperback format as part of the Oxford Bible Commentary series
The Oxford Bible Commentary is a Bible study and reference work for 21st century students and readers that can be read with any modern translation of the Bible. It offers verse-by-verse explanation of every book of the Bible by the worlds leading biblical scholars. From its inception, OBC has been designed as a completely non-denominational commentary, carefully written and edited to provide the best scholarship in a readable style for readers from all different faith backgrounds. It uses the traditional historical-critical method to search for the original meaning of the texts, but also brings in new perspectives and insights - literary, sociological, and cultural - to bring out the expanding meanings of these ancient writings and stimulate new discussion and further enquiry.
Newly issued in a series of part volumes, the OBC is now available in an affordable and portable format for the commentaries to the books of the Apocrypha. Includes a general introduction to using the Commentary, in addition to an introduction to study of the Apocrypha.
Edited by Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies, Fellow of Wolfson College, John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, and John Muddiman, Mansfield College, University of Oxford
John Barton, University of Oxford
George J. Brooke, University of Manchester
John J. Collins,Yale Divinity School
R. Doran, Amherst College, Massachusetts
David J. Elliott, Reading
Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Martin Goodman, University of Oxford
Peter Hayman, Formerly University of Edinburgh
William Horbury, University of Cambridge
Sara Japhet, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville
George W. E. Nickelsburg, University of Iowa
Sarah Pearce, University of Southampton
U. Rappaport, University of Haifa
Adele Reinhartz, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Alison Salvesen, University of Oxford
What is new is the assurance that there is a body of sound learning on which one may base ones prayer or sermon or reflection, that is not out to destroy faith nor to bolster any one expression of it.
- New Directions, vol. 4, no. 78
With its clear typeface and pleasing layout, fairly up-to-date bibliography, well-designed maps and array of distinguished contributors, this is in deed a commentary for the twenty-first century.
- Gabriel Josipovici, Times Literary Supplement, 21 December 2001
For the novice, this work is a treasure trove. Expert scholars will likewise find much of interest, particularly in areas other than their own specialities. - Louvain Studies
This book should be a helpful guide to the general reader, for whom it is intended, and it should certainly find a place in every library with any interest in the Bible.
- Journal of Theological Studies
The Oxford Bible Commentary can be recommended as an up-to-date, vast treasury of biblical knowledge.
-International Review of Biblical Studies
Like the best of its kind, it draws on a broad spectrum of critical scholarship to provide an authoritative guide to reading the books of the Bible and is likely to dominate this section of the market for a long time to come ... a milestone in biblical scholarship. The editors deserve our thanks and congratulations - and a wide readership.
-The Expository Times
The emphasis is on reading and understanding the books of the Bible. It puts the resources of scholarship at the disposal of a wide readership - not simply the academic specialists but a range of readers with widely differing interests and concerns. Students will derive excellent guidance from it. Those who have primarily an interest in the Bible as literature will find it a source of new insights. Preachers, teachers and pastors who recognize the essential link today between scholarship and exposition, will find it enormously helpful.
- The Expository Times
Excellent model of what the finest reference books should be ... It is written for a wide readership and is expressed clearly without jargon or obscurity, and should prove invaluable not only to the priest and the student, but to the ordinary person in the pew ... will be invaluable for any religious or specialist library.
- The Irish Catholic
This rich, far-reaching commentary ... is warmly recommended ... Generous coverage of the full gamut of critical and postcritical approaches characterizes the many fine introductory essays, and sensitive attention to theological and literary insights find ample space in the book-by-book commentries that also do full justice to traditional scholarly concerns.
For its comprehensiveness, diversity and liveliness, it is a valuable and exciting resource. It deserves and richly rewards careful attention. - Theology Journal
A very superior commentary indeed ... and despite its imposing bulk and imprimatur, a very human book.
- Gabriel Josipovici, Times Literary Supplement
...an authoritative guide to reading the books of the Bible...a very accessible volume for everyone
- Caroline Woollard, South Wales Argus