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Biblical Archaeology Review
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars When they drop the anti-Semitism bickering, it excels
I had a subscription to BAR previously and I absolutely LOVED the articles when they presented excellent photos, interesting finds and deep discussion.My interest started to wane when it seemed that a fair number of discussions turned to how "Dr. X is/was an anti-Semite and therefore his discoveries/theories should be invalidated/discredited/etc.", also implying that Jewish archaeologists' work should be magnified over anyone else's.

I'm not Jewish.I'm also not a racist.The reason why I (or anyone else, I'd presume) would take interest in the magazine was for the aforementioned photos, discoveries, and so forth, not so I can put my money down to read people's discourses on finger-pointing about anti-Semitism.

Yes, racism is bad.Yes, Judaism plays an important part in understanding Biblical archaeology (but not to the point of excluding Christian researchers or thinking anyone outside of Judaism can't be a decent scholar).Even if accusations of anti-Semitism are true about Dr. X, Y, or Z, if their research is scientifically sound, get over it and go argue with Dr. X, Y, or Z on his own turf, not in the magazine, because frankly, I as a reader just don't care about your beef.

I am in agreement with other reviewers who say the magazine excels when it sticks to facts, and is tedious when it goes off on finger-pointing.If you can handle both, buy the magazine.It put me off years ago, but I might consider going back if the quality remains.

5-0 out of 5 stars HERSHEL SHANKS ROCKS!!!
He's been in the rock business a long time, serving as chief editor/founder of BAR, Bible Review and Archaeology Odyssey; he is also president of Biblical Archaeology Society among many other ventures.I've read his Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls which he mainly edited, although he wrote a few articles himself.This is a magazine of substance, one I would love to have a subscription to.The issue of July/August 2004 has an interesting article/interview that Mr. Shanks orchestrated between Elie Wiesel and Frank Moore Cross, the subject being how they understood, approached, studied the Bible, from their perspective, which their lifes' work ultimately revolves around.One, F.M. Cross, comes from a Presbyterian, academic background, the other, Wiesel, a jewish one.Frank Moore Cross contributed several articles to Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls.He was the only protestant to work on the scrolls among the original team of 7 other people, six of whom were Catholic clerics; he is an expert in this field.And I just love Wiesel's mind, I love how he writes and thinks.That one article, I think is really illuminating, showing how rich in teaching the Bible is regardless of its many detractors, or fumbling misinterpreters.It is, as I've been taught in sunday school, G-d breathed, it's G-d's words, it is a living text even if it contains mostly stories of people long since dead and gone.Elie Wiesel says of it: " Wherever you open it, any page, you know that you are in the presence of something that exists nowhere else."The moral of the article is neither approach, Wiesel's or Cross', toward scripture is wrong, it just simply reflects the richness, the variety of the text.

5-0 out of 5 stars BAR Succeeds Where Boring Professional Journals Fail!!!
BAR presents an overall terrific introduction to the world of Biblical artifacts! Professional archaeologists & world-renowned scholars distill their dry, black-and-white academic publications into a language ordinary, non-technical people can understand & put to use when they study the Bible. What I like in particular is their presentation of vivid color photos that bring the artifacts & excavation sites to life! I appreciate BAR for introducing me to material I never knew existed that complements the Biblical record & helps demonstrate its reliability (such as the mysterious LMLK seal impressions made during the lifetimes of King Hezekiah & the great prophet Isaiah, which inspired me to write my own book on the subject--also available here at Amazon). My only complaint is that the editor occasionally publishes statements by archaeologists/scholars as facts when they actually represent atheistic/theistic biases in disguise. Fortunately, a "Letters to the Editor" section provides a forum for readers to challenge the experts, which makes for some interesting, often entertaining reading! ... Read more

Asin: B000060MGT
Sales Rank: 313
Subjects:  1. Religion & Spirituality   


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New Interpreter's Bible: 1 & 2 Maccabees, Job, Psalms (Volume 4)
by Adele Berlin Robert Duran Carol Newsom
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars History and Poetry
The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago.There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series.First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story.Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse.Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage.Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship.Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall.

The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative.Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.

The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit expensive.But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.

--Volume IV--

The fourth volume of the New Interpreter's Bible finishes a look at the `histories', more precisely termed in the NIB as Narrative Literature, with the apocryphal books I and II Maccabees.Then it turns to looking at the books that form the heart of ancient Hebrew poetry, the books of Job and the Psalms.

Adele Berlin of the University of Maryland provides a general article on an Introduction to Hebrew Poetry.One of the first difficulties addressed is the difficulty of determining just what is poetry in the Hebrew Scriptures.Looking at familiar concepts such as meter and rhythm, rhyme and patterns, Berlin also addresses ideas unique or at least more characteristic of Hebrew poetry, such as terseness, certain kinds of parallelism, and context and themes.Finally, Berlin discusses the reason for poetry - to be read and spoken.`Most scholarly analysis of biblical poetry has concentrated on its measurable features, such as formal structuring devices, repetition, parallelism, meter, and the like.Commentaries generally offer line-by-line interpretations focusing on difficult words and constructions or unusual references.Occasionally provided by the exegete, but often left to the reader, has been the actual reading of the poem - the making of sense and beauty from its sounds, words, and structures, the perception that it is a unified entity with a distinctive message.'

The apocryphal books of the Maccabees are addressed by Robert Doran of Amherst College.Carol Newsom of Candler School of Theology at Emory provides commentary on the book of Job.J. Clinton McCann Jr. of Eden Theological Seminary looks at the book of Psalms.In looking at the Psalms, McCann states:`The book of Psalms presents nothing short of God's claim upon the whole world and it articulates God's will for justice, righteousness and peace among all peoples and all nations.It is the purpose of this commentary to elucidate that claim and to enable the reader to hear the Word of God as it comes to us in the psalms.'

High praise goes to the general editorial staff for working with such strong authors/scholars, that their work fits together well as part of this set while retaining their individual characteristics (much like the writers of the Bible itself!).

--Other volumes available--

The following is a list of each volume in this twelve-volume set, and the contents of each.

Volume I:General Articles on the Bible; General Articles on the Old Testament; Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus

Volume II:Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; I & II Samuel

Volume III:I & II Kings; I & II Chronicles; Ezra, Nehemiah; Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith

Volume IV:I & II Maccabees; Introduction to Hebrew Poetry; Job; Psalms

Volume V:Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Book of Wisdom; Sirach

Volume VI:Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Baruch; Letter of Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel

Volume VII:Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel; Additions to Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Johan; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi

Volume VIII:General Articles on the New Testament; Matthew; Mark

Volume IX:Luke; John

Volume X:Acts; Introduction to Epistolary Literature; Romans, I Corinthians

Volume XI:II Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; I & II Thessalonians; I & II Timothy; Titus; Philemon

Volume XII:Hebrews; James; I & II Peter; I, II & III John; Jude; Revelation

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the best
Most people understand that the study of Scripture is an enormous task;and that there is a considerable theological heritage to even the mostbenign of passages.Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to translatethat understanding into a willingness to genuinely delve into the vast poolof material out there.In addition, it's hard to know whom to trust.

Youcan trust the New Interpreter's Bible series.All of the scholars whocontributed are the best in their field.In addition, the layout (whichincludes two complete translations - the NIV and the NRSV) is conducive toboth scholarly and spiritual study of the texts.

Each text is broken downinto discrete units followed by general commentaryon the passage, verse by vers analysis of key issues, and then an overviewof study questions.The commentators address issues of authorship,historical setting, translation, theological history, and personalapplication.In addition, they graciously point to excellent sources for further reading.

Speaking as a pastor, it is my strong opinion that everyEnglish-speaking Christian who is serious about Bible study should own the complete set.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent resource.
My Bible study group is studying The Psalms this year. This book is wonderful.It gives two interpretations of each Psalm, NIV and NRSV.Thismakes it much more interesting, since you are given two versions of thepoetry.The line-by-line commentaries are suitable for in-depth analysis,and the reflections are truly inspiring.I've been very impressed by thisbook, and I plan to read the other volumes as well. ... Read more

Isbn: 0687278171
Sales Rank: 186755
Subjects:  1. Bible - Apocrypha    2. Bible - Commentaries - Old Testament    3. Reference    4. Religion    5. Religion - Commentaries / Reference   


$44.10

The New Interpreter's Bible: Proverbs - Sirach (Volume 5)
by Abingdon Press
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 November, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars To be wise...
The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago.There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series.First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story.Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse.Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage.Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship.Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall.

The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative.Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.

The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit expensive.But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.

--Volume V--

The fifth volume of the New Interpreter's Bible is the volume that contains the Wisdom Literature tradition in the Hebrew Scriptures.After an introductory essay concerning Wisdom Literature, the volume continues with the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiates and the Song of Songs, as well as the apocrypal books of Wisdom and Sirach.

Raymond C. Van Leeuwen of Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, provides a commentary on Proverbs.W. Sibley Towner of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia looks at the book of Ecclesiates.Renita Weems of Vanderbilt Divinity School addresses the Song of Songs.Michael Kolarcik, SJ, of Regis College, Toronto looks at the apocryphal book of Wisdom, and James Crenshaw of Duke University finishes the volume with a commentary on the book of Sirach.

Richard Clifford of the Weston School of Theology provides a general introduction to Wisdom Literature.In this article, Clifford examines parallels with Wisdom traditions in other ancient Near Eastern cultures, and finds evidence in Mesopotamia, Egypt and the rest of the Levant in some abundance.He continues by examining the social context, the main structures and teachings, and later developments in Judaism and Christianity based upon Wisdom traditions.`The wisdom books remind readers that one must take hold of life as both gift and task, that there are many possibilities but also profound limits, and that honest observation and fidelity to one's experience of life can put one in touch with a wondrous order whose source is God.'

The books of Wisdom and Sirach are called apocryphal because their status is not canonically clear within the Christian tradition.They are not contained in the official canon of the Hebrew scripture, and so Protestant tradition has tended to leave the books out of the Old Testament.However, these texts were included in the Septuagint, the primary Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures in the ancient world, and so the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches consider the texts canonical.

High praise goes to the general editorial staff for working with such strong authors/scholars, that their work fits together well as part of this set while retaining their individual characteristics (much like the writers of the Bible itself!).

--Other volumes available--

The following is a list of each volume in this twelve-volume set, and the contents of each.

Volume I:General Articles on the Bible; General Articles on the Old Testament; Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus

Volume II:Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; I & II Samuel

Volume III:I & II Kings; I & II Chronicles; Ezra, Nehemiah; Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith

Volume IV:I & II Maccabees; Introduction to Hebrew Poetry; Job; Psalms

Volume V:Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Book of Wisdom; Sirach

Volume VI:Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Baruch; Letter of Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel

Volume VII:Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel; Additions to Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Johan; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi

Volume VIII:General Articles on the New Testament; Matthew; Mark

Volume IX:Luke; John

Volume X:Acts; Introduction to Epistolary Literature; Romans, I Corinthians

Volume XI:II Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; I & II Thessalonians; I & II Timothy; Titus; Philemon

Volume XII:Hebrews; James; I & II Peter; I, II & III John; Jude; Revelation

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best
Most people understand that the study of Scripture is an enormous task;and that there is a considerable theological heritage to even the mostbenign of passages.Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to translatethat understanding into a willingness to genuinely delve into the vast poolof material out there.In addition, it's hard to know whom to trust.

Youcan trust the New Interpreter's Bible series.All of the scholars whocontributed are the best in their field.In addition, the layout (whichincludes two complete translations - the NIV and the NRSV) is conducive toboth scholarly and spiritual study of the texts.

Each text is broken downinto discrete units followed by general commentaryon the passage, verse by vers analysis of key issues, and then an overviewof study questions.The commentators address issues of authorship,historical setting, translation, theological history, and personalapplication.In addition, they graciously point to excellent sources for further reading.

Speaking as a pastor, it is my strong opinion that everyEnglish-speaking Christian who is serious about Bible study should own the complete set.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Bible commentary available.
I can't believe that no one has written an online review of this book yet! The NIB is the best Bible commentary written. If you are serious about scholarly study of the Bible, you need to buy the entire series. It isexpensive to buy 12 volumes at $60-70 each, even if you save 30% throughamazon.com like I did ;). In that case, check with your church or library.As a fall-back try Harper's or Jerome's for single volume commentaries. Ifat all possible, buy the NIB. Forget the earlier version of the IB.

TheNIB is the definitive standard for serious Bible scholarship. ... Read more

Isbn: 068727818X
Sales Rank: 140616
Subjects:  1. Bible    2. Bible - Apocrypha    3. Bible - Commentaries - Old Testament    4. Commentaries    5. Reference    6. Religion    7. Religion - Commentaries / Reference   


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The New Interpreter's Bible : Isaiah - Ezekiel (Volume 6)
by David L. Peterson Gene M. Tucker Christopher R. Seitz
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (July, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Prophecy
The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago.There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series.First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story.Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse.Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage.Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship.Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall.

The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative.Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.

The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit expensive.But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.

--Volume VI--

The sixth volume of the New Interpreter's Bible is the volume that introduces the Prophetic tradition in the Hebrew Scriptures.After an introductory essay concerning Prophetic Literature, the volume continues with the books of the major prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel, as well as the apocrypal books of Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah..

In his introductory general article on Prophetic Literature, David Petersen of the Illiff School of Theology looks at the diverse roles of the prophets in Israel's history, as well as the different kinds of poetic and prose produced by the prophets.Petersen addresses issues of the growth over time of prophetic voices, as well as the key issues brought up by the prophets over and over again, such as ethical norms, covenant, and the idea of ultimate hope in God.Petersen also looks at prophetic parallels in other cultures, concluding however that there are no true exemplars outside of the Bible given the scope and sophistication of Biblical prophecy.

The book of Isaiah is looked at as two distinct units, divided as I Isaiah (consisting of chapters 1-39), addressed by Gene Tucker of the Candler School of Theology, Emory, and II Isaiah (consisting of chapters 40-66), addressed by Christopher Seitz of St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.This helps reinforced the radical difference in the text of Isaiah.Patrick Miller of Princeton Theological Seminary provides commentary on the book of Jeremiah.Anthony Saldarini of Boston College looks at both the book of Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah.Kathleen O'Connor of Columbia Theological Seminary takes on the task of Lamentations, and Katheryn Pfisterer Darr completes the volume with her work on the book of Ezekiel.

The books of Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah are called apocryphal because their status is not canonically clear within the Christian tradition.They are not contained in the official canon of the Hebrew scripture, and so Protestant tradition has tended to leave the books out of the Old Testament.However, these texts were included in the Septuagint, the primary Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures in the ancient world, and so the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches consider the texts canonical.

High praise goes to the general editorial staff for working with such strong authors/scholars, that their work fits together well as part of this set while retaining their individual characteristics (much like the writers of the Bible itself!).

--Other volumes available--

The following is a list of each volume in this twelve-volume set, and the contents of each.

Volume I:General Articles on the Bible; General Articles on the Old Testament; Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus

Volume II:Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; I & II Samuel

Volume III:I & II Kings; I & II Chronicles; Ezra, Nehemiah; Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith

Volume IV:I & II Maccabees; Introduction to Hebrew Poetry; Job; Psalms

Volume V:Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Book of Wisdom; Sirach

Volume VI:Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Baruch; Letter of Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel

Volume VII:Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel; Additions to Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Johan; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi

Volume VIII:General Articles on the New Testament; Matthew; Mark

Volume IX:Luke; John

Volume X:Acts; Introduction to Epistolary Literature; Romans, I Corinthians

Volume XI:II Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; I & II Thessalonians; I & II Timothy; Titus; Philemon

Volume XII:Hebrews; James; I & II Peter; I, II & III John; Jude; Revelation ... Read more

Isbn: 0687278198
Sales Rank: 112685
Subjects:  1. Bible - Commentaries - General    2. Bible - Commentaries - Old Testament    3. Reference    4. Religion    5. Religion - Commentaries / Reference   


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The New Interpreter's Bible: The Twelve Prophets (Volume 7)
by Abingdon Press Elizabeth Rice Achtemeier Frederick J. Murphy
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 November, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse
The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago.There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series.First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story.Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse.Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage.Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship.Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall.

The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative.Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.

The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit...But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.

--Volume VII--

The seventh volume of the New Interpreter's Bible is the volume that introduces the Apocalytic tradition in the Hebrew Scriptures.After an introductory essay concerning Apocalyptic Literature, the volume continues with the books of the major prophet Daniel, the apocryphal additions of Daniel, and the so-called twelve Minor Prophets, and so concludes the Hebrew Scripture/Old Testament section of the series.

In his introductory general article on Apocalyptic Literature, Frederick Murphy of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, looks at the ideas behind Apocalyptic and Revelation traditions.There is more than one strand of tradition in such thinking, and Murphy approaches the task by looking at origins, commonalities, and the differences contained in the writings, both canonical and extracanonical.Murphy devotes some time to looking at texts beyond the scope of the NIB (those writings, such as the Enoch literature and the Apocalypse of Abraham, which didn't even achieve apocryphal status) to create a broader worldview for the context of biblical Apocalyptic literature.

Each of the books is addressed by a different scholar, each providing commentary and reflection material giving insight into historical interpretation as well as new directions for each of the Minor Prophetic works.Perhaps the best known of the Minor Prophets is Jonah, commentary for which is provided by Phyllis Trible of Union Theological Seminaryin New York.Trible writes, `The book of Jonah does not disclose its purpose, and speculation has not secured it.This uncertainty matches the meager knowledge about its origin, date, composition, genre, and setting.Nonetheless, the book offers an abundance of literary treasures, theological complexities, and hermeneutical possibilities.'

The additions to Daniel are called apocryphal because their status is not canonically clear within the Christian tradition.They are not contained in the official canon of the Hebrew scripture, and so Protestant tradition has tended to leave the books out of the Old Testament.However, these texts were included in the Septuagint, the primary Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures in the ancient world, and so the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches consider the texts canonical.

High praise goes to the general editorial staff for working with such strong authors/scholars, that their work fits together well as part of this set while retaining their individual characteristics (much like the writers of the Bible itself!).

--Other volumes available--

The following is a list of each volume in this twelve-volume set, and the contents of each.

Volume I:General Articles on the Bible; General Articles on the Old Testament; Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus

Volume II:Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; I & II Samuel

Volume III:I & II Kings; I & II Chronicles; Ezra, Nehemiah; Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith

Volume IV:I & II Maccabees; Introduction to Hebrew Poetry; Job; Psalms

Volume V:Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Book of Wisdom; Sirach

Volume VI:Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Baruch; Letter of Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel

Volume VII:Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel; Additions to Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Johan; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi

Volume VIII:General Articles on the New Testament; Matthew; Mark

Volume IX:Luke; John

Volume X:Acts; Introduction to Epistolary Literature; Romans, I Corinthians

Volume XI:II Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; I & II Thessalonians; I & II Timothy; Titus; Philemon

Volume XII:Hebrews; James; I & II Peter; I, II & III John; Jude; Revelation

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best
Most people understand that the study of Scripture is an enormous task;and that there is a considerable theological heritage to even the mostbenign of passages.Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to translatethat understanding into a willingness to genuinely delve into the vast poolof material out there.In addition, it's hard to know whom to trust.

Youcan trust the New Interpreter's Bible series.All of the scholars whocontributed are the best in their field.In addition, the layout (whichincludes two complete translations - the NIV and the NRSV) is conducive toboth scholarly and spiritual study of the texts.

Each text is broken downinto discrete units followed by general commentaryon the passage, verse by vers analysis of key issues, and then an overviewof study questions.The commentators address issues of authorship,historical setting, translation, theological history, and personalapplication.In addition, they graciously point to excellent sources for further reading.

Speaking as a pastor, it is my strong opinion that everyEnglish-speaking Christian who is serious about Bible study should own the complete set.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Bible commentary available.
I can't believe that no one has written an online review of this book yet! The NIB is the best Bible commentary written. If you are serious about scholarly study of the Bible, you need to buy the entire series. It isexpensive to buy 12 volumes at $60-70 each, even if you save 30% throughamazon.com like I did ;). In that case, check with your church or library.As a fall-back try Harper's or Jerome's for single volume commentaries. Ifat all possible, buy the NIB. Forget the earlier version of the IB.

TheNIB is the definitive standard for serious Bible scholarship. ... Read more

Isbn: 0687278201
Sales Rank: 248057
Subjects:  1. Bible - Commentaries - Old Testament    2. Bible Commentary    3. Reference    4. Religion    5. Religion - Commentaries / Reference   


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Meade finally brings a serious telescope into thecasual-consumer price range. The ETX-90EC Astro offers extraordinaryoptics at an affordable price. It combines a high-resolution opticaldesign and diffraction-limited imaging with microprocessor-controlled,precise celestial-object tracking, all in a nicely styled, highlyportable package.

Improvements to this model include a new forkmount with dual-axis drive system. The ETX-90EC also includes hightorque DC motors on both telescope axes, permitting electronicoperation from the hand-held controller. This push-button electroniccontroller has four dual-axis drive speeds: slow, 8x for imagecentering at high power; medium, 32x for image centering at lowerpower or for pushbutton tracking in altazimuth mode; moderate, 0.75degrees per second for image centering in the viewfinder or forterrestrial tracking; and fast, 5 degrees per second for fast scanningacross the sky.

The Meade ETX-90EC is specially designed to beportable and used in the field. It offers cordless operation, allowingyou to use the telescope's dual-axis drive system for more than 40hours on eight AA batteries. At approximately 8 pounds and 15 inchesin length, it packs a lot of power into a compact unit.

TheETX-90EC uses a 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design, and Meadeactually warranties the optics of the ETX-90EC "to equal or exceed theoptical performance and resolution of any Maksutov optics of similaraperture ever manufactured at any price." The ETX-Series optics offersuperb contrast, image brightness, and resolution; Meade claims thetelescope consistently outperforms many instruments of largerapertures. Meade also uses EMC super multicoatings on all opticalsurfaces to maximize light transmission through the corrector lens andreflectance from the primary and secondary mirrors. The flip-mirrorsystem allows for 90-degree observation of land and sky objects,straight-through observation using the optional #932 45-degreeErecting Prism, or photo-ready imaging using the optional #64T-Adapter and your own 35mm camera.

Overall, the Meade ETX-90EC isa fine piece of craftsmanship at a surprisingly affordable price. Forthose of us who spent our childhood peering through old-style consumertelescopes, using the ETX-90EC is like getting time in the PalomarObservatory. From shifting cloud belts on Saturn to the glowingfilaments of the Orion Nebula, this instrument lets you observe theheavens in extraordinary detail. ... Read more

Features

  • Maksutov meniscus corrector lens of Grade-A BK7 optical glass
  • Includes a Meade Series 4000 Super Plvssl 26 millimeter eyepiece for 48 times magnification
  • Cordless motor drive for fully automatic tracking
  • Equatorial fork mount
  • Flip-mirror system
Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars The ETX 90 EC is best little telescope for the Price!
I got it, I like it, and it works fine. If you want a fine little telescope this is the one....

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a must have Telescope for people new to astromony
I've had my telescope for over six months and wouldn't trade it for anything. This is a great telescope and it is very crispt in the viewing of stars and planets. I love it and for the money it can't be beat. If you are new to astronomy you need this scope. I saw Saturn a few nights ago and saw the rings very clearly. I brought a dew shield and two more eyepieces for it and they helped make the scope even more fantastic. I got a 18 mm wide and 13.3 mm super wide Meade eyepieces. You will also need autostar for a tour of all that is in the sky at night. You can see 14,ooo objects and hundreds more if you download them from the internet with an adapter which cost a few extra dollars more. I bought a deluxe field Meade tripod. You need this one because it keeps the image that you are looking at stable. This is the best telescope you can buy for the money and the best type too. I love my ETX-90 EC and plan on keeping it for the rest of my days of viewing the universe.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Amateur Scope!
I read all the reviews before buying ... and was a little worried that it might not meet expectations.But it has worked out great.

It was a thrill to see Saturns rings and view Jupiter.The moon comes through bright and clear.You can see other heavenly objects (even galaxies!) with it.You won't see galaxies and nebula in the same detail as you do in books - but you'll see the dim shading of them in parts of the sky.

It's compact and portable - so you can bring it to the beach, etc.Our neighborhood is way to bright to use it for much night-sky viewing - so portability was a must.

A scope that gave a better view, at the same price, would have been too big.And a better portable would have cost too much.This one was just right for us.If price is not a problem, get a better portable scope.If size is not a constraint, then spend less on a larger scope.Otherwise, this one will do fine.

MUST HAVE ADD ONS: A tripod (see my review there).The computer controller (you'll NEVER find a lot of the night sky objects without one).One or two good night sky books (to help you find cool objects like binary stars and galaxies).

COMPLAINTS: It would be nice for this (and all scopes) to see some pictures of how night-sky objects will really look with it before buying. ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Telescope (Telescopes)    2. Astronomy    3. Star Gazing (Gaze)   


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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth is essential viewing foranyone old enough to appreciate its vital teachings. One of the greatestinterviews ever recorded, this six-part, six-hour encounter between teacher- mythologist Campbell and student-journalist Bill Moyers (recorded in the twoyears preceding Campbell's death in 1988) covers a galaxy of topics related toCampbell's central themes: Mythology is humanity's universal method of seekingthe transcendental, and "follow your bliss" is the timeless formula forspiritual satisfaction. Campbell himself is the embodiment of these themes, anerudite scholar and quintessential storyteller, recalling a wide spectrum ofmyths from throughout history (Japanese, Native American, Egyptian, Mayan, andmany more) to illustrate humankind's eternal quest to grasp the mysteries ofcreation. Historical artifacts and illustrations bring these timeless stories tolife.

An astute interviewer, Moyers is an acolyte in perfect harmony with Campbell-as- mentor, wording questions with penetrating perfection as their intellectualdance reaches exhilarating heights of meaning and fascination. Moyers also findsthe perfect hook for a global audience, examining Campbell's admiration ofGeorge Lucas's Star Wars saga as a popular tapestry of ancient myths, andLucas himself is interviewed in a DVD bonus segment ("I'm not creating a newmyth," he says, "but telling old myths in a new way"). Campbell's seeminglyendless well of knowledge reaches a simple conclusion: we need myths to survivelike we need oxygen to breathe, as a life force with which to understand ourexistence--past, present, and future. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Indulging
This book talks about mythology as part of human "need" and its long lastin effects on generations. How religions and culture nurture myths and draw strengths from them. After reading this book I found more similarities between religions and cultures of the world than differences.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Power Of Campbell

Joseph Campbell -- one of those rare beings who loved his work so much that through it he was able to inspire others. This sage academic glows with happiness describing the myths and stories that he studied and analyzed for years. The mythosphere comes to life through his utterance. The links among all cultures are revealed. He was a true teacher in the most profound sense of the word.

Bill Moyers too has inspired and uplifted thousands if not millions with his journalistic commitment. He has been unwavering in his views that the world can be made a better place through tolerance and open-mindedness. These two shining guides introduced the Western world to folktales and myths in a way that has spawned a revolution in psychology, self-help and academic study.

In this popular series they manage to keep the simplification in which these stories are presented from being too "dumbed down". Not an easy task. Unfortunately the proliferation of the sentiment "Follow Your Bliss" on bumper stickers, Hallmark cards etc. shows the usual tendency for popular culture to take important thoughts out of context and bastardize them. Campbell didn't mean, "Do whatever you want if it excites you." On the contrary, he was asking people to look within themselves and go beyond the shallow, material, greed mind to find their true selves; to transcend the commercialized world. Less of the Star Wars/Lucas tie in would be in order but that is a small complaint.

Campbell was working on his writing up until literally the very last moment of his life
even as he battled cancer. He stood up to go and fix a paragraph in his final book and collapsed.Learn from this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
A man initiated in the Great Mysteries, beyond religion. Not to be missed.
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Sao Paulo, Brasil ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Religion   


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