For Decades, students, professors and general readers have relied upon The New Oxford Annotated Bible for essential scholarship and guidance to the world of the Bible. Now a new editorial board and contributors have completely updated this classic work for a new generation of scholars and readers. The result is a volume which maintains and extends the excellence the Annotated's users have come to expect, bringing fresh insights, updated information, and contemporary approaches to bear upon the understanding of the text of the Bible. Key features include: * The complete text of the highly regarded New Revised Standard Version Bible: the best translation for reading and study. * Wholly revised, and greatly expanded book introductions and annotations: with more explanations, richer background, and deeper insights. * Annotations in a single column across the page bottom, paragraphed according to their boldface topical headings: easier to read and easier to locate commentary on specific passages. * In-text background essays on the major divisions of the biblical text: the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Poetical Books, the Prophets, the Gospels, and the Letters: guidance to the rich variety of writings in the biblical text. * New essays on the history of the formation of the biblical canon for Jews and various Christian churches: understanding how the biblical collection came to be. * More detailed explanations of the historical background of the text: helping the Bible stand out from its ancient Near Eastern context. * More in-depth treatment of the varieties of biblical criticism: giving readers guidance to the developments in scholarly research and reading strategies. * A timeline of major events in the ancient Near East: a quick reference for understanding the concerns of the original writers and their audiences. * A brief history of biblical interpretation, from biblical times to the present: a fascinating exposition of how the Bible has been read and studied down through the centuries. * A full index to all of the study materials, keyed to the page numbers on which they occur: an easy locator for discussion topics. * 28 pages of authoritative, full color New Oxford Bible Maps, with place name index: the geographical background of the biblical books. * A 64-page select concordance: aids the reader in locating words in the biblical text.Coogan, Michael D. is the author of 'New Oxford Annotated Bible New Revised Standard Version', published 2001 under ISBN 9780195284805 and ISBN 0195284801.