Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Anselm Academic Study Bible

You can view some sample pages here.

Info from the publisher:

Organized and developed with today’s reader in mind, the Anselm Academic Study Bible is an unsurpassed resource for anyone who wants to know more about the Bible. No previous knowledge of the Bible is assumed here, and newcomers and veterans alike will benefit from the Study Bible’s insightful articles, sensible structure, and user-tested design.

The Anselm Academic Study Bible’s unique features include the following:

-Rigorous scholarship. Academic articles and introductions accompanying the biblical books are based on the latest research. Contributors include both established and emerging Scripture scholars.

- Rich study aids. Charts, maps, timelines, and reference to online resources enhance learning. Full color and black-and-white photographs of places and objects commonly mentioned in the Bible convey a strong sense of the life and times of the biblical world.

- Distinctive approach.The Study Bible addresses diverse students, practices sound pedagogy, and encourages critical thinking. Topics include those on cultural, ethnic, social, gender, and political issues and speak to today’s reader, explaining the context of the Bible’s writing.

-Navigation-friendly organization. Two academic introductions-Anselm and NABRE-preface each of the biblical books; other resources sensibly and accessibly arranged.

Peerless in design, the Anselm Academic Study Bible is appropriate for anyone approaching the Bible from an academic perspective and who wishes to deepen their understanding of this most influential book.

Patricia Ahearne-Kroll, Dianne Bergant, Stephen J. Binz, Mary Katherine Birge, 
Regina Boisclair, François Bovon Frothingham, Mary C. Boys, Laurie Brink, 
Susan Calef, Warren Carter, Raymond F. Collins, Mary Coloe, Linda Day, 
Carol J. Dempsey, John Endres, Garrett Galvin, Andrew T. Glicksman, 
Michael D. Guinan, Leslie J. Hoppe, James A. Kelhoffer, Dale Launderville,
 Amy-Jill Levine, Seán Charles Martin, Geoffrey Miller, Harry P. Nasuti, 
James Chukwuma Okoye, Clare K. Rothschild, Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Eric Stewart, 
Pauline A. Viviano, Jerome Walsh, Tatha Wiley, and Christine Roy Yoder

The Israelite Kingdoms
Neo-Babylonian Empire, ca. Sixth Century BCE
The Table of Nations
The Tribal Territories
The Kingdom Years
The Assyrian Empire
The Babylonian Empire
Roman Empire in First Century CE
Palestine at the Time of Jesus
Jerusalem of David & Solomon; Jerusalem after the Exile; Jerusalem in Jesus’ Time
Paul’s Journeys in Acts (First and Second Journeys)
Paul’s Journeys in Acts (Third and Fourth Journeys)
Ministry of Jesus and Acts of the Apostles
The Holy Land in Modern Times

Deities of the Ancient Near East
Spiritual Ancestors of the Monotheistic Faiths
Prophets and Kings
Wonders, Miracles, and Signs in the Old Testament
Sacred Time: Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts of Judaism Practiced by Jesus
Greco-Roman Rulers in the New Testament Period
Titles of Jesus of Nazareth
Wonders, Miracles, and Signs in the New Testament
The Men Who Followed Jesus
The Women Who Followed Jesus
Beatitudes and Parables of Jesus
The Historical Critical Method of Scripture Analysis
The Gospel of Luke and Acts


Theophrastus said...

Amazon wrote me that my copy is scheduled to ship early next week.

Timothy said...

I have a review copy on the way. Hope to have a review up in the coming weeks.

Theophrastus said...

Well, I finally received a copy, and while I thought it was OK, it was not nice enough to keep. The supplementary material is much briefer than I thought it would be; and the layout is OK, but not special (the layout of the HarperOne NABRE, the Oxford "notes at the end" NABREs, and even the Little Rock NABRE are all much nicer.) On the plus side, the Anselm/St. Mary's publication is moderately portable for a study Bible.

I think a student -- even a high school student -- would be better served by one of the Oxford Catholic study NABREs or one of the academic NRSV commentaries (e.g., HarperCollins or NOAB).

An even better choice, if one can afford multiple books (and doesn't have to carry them around everywhere) would be to get four volumes:

* one of the better printed NABRE or NRSV editions (or maybe RSV)
* a good one-volume commentary (e.g., New Jerome or Eerdmans)
* a good Bible atlas (e.g., Carta or Oxford)
* a good Bible dictionary (e.g., HarperCollins or Eerdmans).