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Whether you see the Bible as the living word of God, or as a highly significant document from the ancient world, or as one of the classic works of world literature, The Oxford Bible Commentary will put in your hands everything you need to study and understand the biblical text.

Here is a monumental, line-by-line critical commentary on the Bible, covering all the books that appear in the NRSV. An essential reference work, this definitive book provides authoritative, non-denominational commentary written by an international team of more than 70 leading scholars from various religious backgrounds. Incorporating the latest research, the contributors examine the books of the Bible in exhaustive detail, taking a historical-critical approach that attempts to shed light on the scriptures by placing them in the context in which their first audiences would have encountered them, asking how they came to be composed and what were the purposes of their authors.

The Commentary includes a general introduction, extensive introductions to both testaments and the Apocrypha, and briefer introductions to the particular books, plus an essay with commentary on important post-biblical Jewish and Christian literature. Each article concludes with a bibliography that points the reader toward the most important supplemental works in English, including major reference works, introductions, and so forth.

A truly stunning work of biblical scholarship, The Oxford Bible Commentary will be an invaluable resource for pastors preparing a sermon, for students, for those in study or discussion groups, and indeed for anyone--whether Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox Christian--who seeks a clearer perspective on a text that has been held in reverence for thousands of years.

  • The only non-denominational single-volume Bible commentary available
  • A definitive commentary on the whole Bible, including the Apocrypha and some non-biblical Jewish and Christian writings from the biblical period
  • Written by a team of over seventy internationally respected scholars from various religious backgrounds
  • Written with a sharp awareness of new biblical scholarship that brings the Oxford Bible Commentary right up to date

In addition to the main module of this product, there is a parallel module (Oxford Commentary 2) that contains Esther (Greek), Additions to Daniel (The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Jews), and Psalms 151.

The Oxford Bible Commentary
• Editors: John Barton, John Muddiman
• Publisher: Oxford University Press (2001)

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April 2, 2019  |  2:38 PM   |    Good (4)
I was very strongly encouraged to get this by my tutors many years ago so i got it as a hard back copy. Later i got the cd version but found it was virtually unusable with a very poor interface. Scroll forward a couple of decades and its now in accordance with all the links and accordance magic as well as search and indexes.

For me its strength is the apocrypha material as i have a number of good commentaries on each of the standard canon. (I havent got the Eerdmans which dan rates so cant compare it. I also took the descision to wait to see if accordance could get this from oup as i was already familiar with it and already had the abridged ebc, rather than get the Eerdmans.)

My first single volume commentary was peakes published in 1962 and for over 30 years of use, i was very happy with it. I am sure there are bits which have been superseded by more recent discoveries but the overall, i found peakes very useful. However, When i was studying, the oxford was more recent and c ...
I was very strongly encouraged to get this by my tutors many years ago so i got it as a hard back copy. Later i got the cd version but found it was virtually unusable with a very poor interface. Scroll forward a couple of decades and its now in accordance with all the links and accordance magic as well as search and indexes.

For me its strength is the apocrypha material as i have a number of good commentaries on each of the standard canon. (I havent got the Eerdmans which dan rates so cant compare it. I also took the descision to wait to see if accordance could get this from oup as i was already familiar with it and already had the abridged ebc, rather than get the Eerdmans.)

My first single volume commentary was peakes published in 1962 and for over 30 years of use, i was very happy with it. I am sure there are bits which have been superseded by more recent discoveries but the overall, i found peakes very useful. However, When i was studying, the oxford was more recent and certainly more readable with a larger font but i never felt it was a major step up on peakes though my tutors believed it was, hence their recommendation. The oxford commentary itself is now virtually 20 years old and i feel it has worn well but i guess there will be some who will criticise it for also being superseded by more recent discoveries. Personally, i dont like to keep changing my resources despite newer thinking, because i get used to a style and familiar with how a resource is set out. Pre accordance, this became my go to but i have been out of the habit of using it because of the inconvenience of using a hard copy when most of my resources are now in accordance and on my iPad and phone as well as my mbp.

Now having the oxford bible commentary in accordance is great for a quick look but i suspect that i will continue to use my jps/wbc/nivac combination for most of my detailed study but will probably use this volume rather than the abridged ebc when i want a quick overview or for something not covered in WBC and am looking for more than is covered in a study bible. But having it on my ipad and phone is just so much more convenient than using the hard copy which my wife still uses.

Its good but then there are also other good single volume commentaries in accordance. you will certainly not be disappointed if you are after a comprehensive and clear single volume commentary, but its worth comparing other similar resources and reviews available in accordance before you jump (unless its recommended by your tutors in which case follow their advice)!
March 28, 2019  |  1:26 PM   |    Good (4)
The Oxford Bible Commentary is a very fine commentary in the critical tradition that often seems to offers insights not picked up on in larger works. This work will not replace the need of a multivolume commentary but when you are rushed or need a very quick look at the text this makes an ideal commentary to turn to. The majority of the scholars in this work are from the UK and this offers a very nice balance to commentaries that have more of a north american scholarship "flavour". This commentary is close to 20 years old but the scholarship holds it's own still feeling fairly fresh with much to offer.

A word from the introduction might help to elucidate OBC's approach and finer qualities: "A commentary is an aid towards informed reading of a text, and not a substitute for it. The contributors to this volume have written on the assumption that the Bible is open before the reader all the while… The Bible is a vast treasury of prose and poetry, of history and folklore, of spirituality ...
The Oxford Bible Commentary is a very fine commentary in the critical tradition that often seems to offers insights not picked up on in larger works. This work will not replace the need of a multivolume commentary but when you are rushed or need a very quick look at the text this makes an ideal commentary to turn to. The majority of the scholars in this work are from the UK and this offers a very nice balance to commentaries that have more of a north american scholarship "flavour". This commentary is close to 20 years old but the scholarship holds it's own still feeling fairly fresh with much to offer.

A word from the introduction might help to elucidate OBC's approach and finer qualities: "A commentary is an aid towards informed reading of a text, and not a substitute for it. The contributors to this volume have written on the assumption that the Bible is open before the reader all the while… The Bible is a vast treasury of prose and poetry, of history and folklore, of spirituality and ethics; it has inspired great art and architecture, literature and music down the centuries. It invites the reader into its own ancient and mysterious world, and yet at the same time can often surprise us by its contemporary relevance. It deserves and repays all the efforts of critical and attentive reading which the Oxford Bible Commentary is designed to assist."