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« on: August 23, 2013, 09:15:22 PM »
Any of you guys use one? If so, which one?

It makes me feel like I've been living under a rock to not know study Bibles exist until recently.
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 09:15:48 PM »
Thompson Chain Reference KJV  :angel:

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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2013, 10:06:26 PM »
The Orthodox Study Bible. Some people here don't like it, but I think it does an adequate job of weaving Patristric teachings with Scripture. But what do I know?
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2013, 09:44:11 AM »
I own a few study Bibles, but I don't use them regularly.  I used to use the Oxford Annotated Bible (RSV) as my primary Bible, but I found the footnotes distracted my "spiritual reading".  So I only use study Bibles for actually studying a passage.  I typically use:

Oxford Annotated Bible, RSV
NASB Study Bible (Zondervan)
Jewish Study Bible (JPS Tanakh)
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013, 09:45:50 AM »
I'll second the OSB, but if you want a more economical version to start with, the Common Bible (RSV) does a good job, as well as having all the books.
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2013, 10:37:10 AM »
I'll second the OSB, but if you want a more economical version to start with, the Common Bible (RSV) does a good job, as well as having all the books.
Do you have a web site for purchasing this?  A couple years ago, I tried finding the regular RSV, as opposed to the NRSV, and had trouble finding it.

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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2013, 10:49:36 AM »
For explanations of scripture, I think it's much better, though not necessarily more economical, to get commentaries from the saints on the various books. Some of these are available online. A good resource is this thread.

The OSB isn't terrible, but it is often superficial and frustratingly selective in which passages it comments on- many of the more difficult passages are ignored, while really obvious ones are needlessly summarized. Also, it's not always clear where a given interpretation comes from the Fathers or from the editors' personal opinions.
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2013, 10:51:47 AM »
I'll second the OSB, but if you want a more economical version to start with, the Common Bible (RSV) does a good job, as well as having all the books.
Do you have a web site for purchasing this?  A couple years ago, I tried finding the regular RSV, as opposed to the NRSV, and had trouble finding it.

I've been looking for it as well (my husband's copy dates from his school days, and is quite well worn), and I've only been able to find a few used copies through Amazon. Not particularly popular, or in need of a reprint.
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2013, 10:57:09 AM »
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I've been looking for it as well (my husband's copy dates from his school days, and is quite well worn), and I've only been able to find a few used copies through Amazon. Not particularly popular, or in need of a reprint.
That's too bad.  A recent thread had an article that gave the RSV less of a rating than I would have.  I think it is very good for word studies if someone did not know the original language.  Contrary to the popular trend, I like it a lot better than the NRSV, but that's just me.

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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2013, 11:15:55 AM »
A recent thread had an article that gave the RSV less of a rating than I would have.  I think it is very good for word studies if someone did not know the original language.  Contrary to the popular trend, I like it a lot better than the NRSV, but that's just me.

Not just you.   ;)
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2013, 09:06:53 PM »
Do many Orthodox use the Ignatius RSV bible? 

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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2013, 09:49:07 PM »
I'll second the OSB, but if you want a more economical version to start with, the Common Bible (RSV) does a good job, as well as having all the books.
Do you have a web site for purchasing this?  A couple years ago, I tried finding the regular RSV, as opposed to the NRSV, and had trouble finding it.

I've been looking for it as well (my husband's copy dates from his school days, and is quite well worn), and I've only been able to find a few used copies through Amazon. Not particularly popular, or in need of a reprint.
This is the edition we used in school. It's only $30 (£9.30).

http://www.christianbook.com/oxford-annotated-apocrypha-expanded-edition-hardcover/9780195283488/pd/8900?event=AAI


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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2013, 11:48:45 PM »
A bookstore in my area had a clearance sale and they had the OSB for $1 a piece for the hardbound version.  I snatched that up quick.  I like it, but as with all study Bibles I have ever read, they don't always provide commentary on the passages that you want commentary on.
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2013, 11:50:37 PM »
A bookstore in my area had a clearance sale and they had the OSB for $1 a piece for the hardbound version.  I snatched that up quick.  I like it, but as with all study Bibles I have ever read, they don't always provide commentary on the passages that you want commentary on.

I don't own a copy of the OSB, but I'd buy it for $1.  :P
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2013, 11:57:06 PM »
A bookstore in my area had a clearance sale and they had the OSB for $1 a piece for the hardbound version.  I snatched that up quick.  I like it, but as with all study Bibles I have ever read, they don't always provide commentary on the passages that you want commentary on.

I don't own a copy of the OSB, but I'd buy it for $1.  :P
I picked up my copy for $3 used at a library sale. It had apparently never been checked out.
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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2013, 12:58:56 AM »
I have an OSB and would like to get an RSV.  They are all over the place so I am not sure why people are having a difficult time finding them.  

http://www.catholiccompany.com/ignatius-rsv-c471/

http://www.ignatius.com/IProducts/23890/ignatius-bible--large-print-edition.aspx

http://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Scripture-Study-Bible-RSV-CE/dp/1935302493

http://www.christianbook.com/rsv-bible-large-print-ultrasoft-black/9781935302278/pd/302278

https://www.saintbenedictpress.com/index.php/Bibles-Revised-Standard-Version-Catholic

https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/Catholic-Scripture-Study-Bible-RSV-Large-Print-Edition

These are all the CE version, but you can get them without CE and some have the deuterocanonical books which are not the CE version.  Like this http://www.christianbook.com/revised-standard-version-deuterocanonical-imitation-leather/9780061627026/pd/627026?item_code=WW&netp_id=609147&event=ESRCQ&view=details

You just gotta do some looking.  I am thinking of getting an RSV-CE from St. Benedicts only because the words of Christ are in red where the Ignatius isn't.

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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2013, 01:03:33 AM »
Do many Orthodox use the Ignatius RSV bible? 

It has great reviews.

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Re: Study Bible
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2013, 06:25:50 PM »
I have an OSB and would like to get an RSV.  They are all over the place so I am not sure why people are having a difficult time finding them.  

The RSV-CE and the RSV-SCE are available from multiple sources, but the original RSV with all the deuterocanonical books is usually only available in the Oxford Study edition for something like $50.  Almost ten years ago, I bought an RSV "pew Bible" which was hardcover, contained all the books but no study notes, and was only $20.  It must've gone out of print, because I haven't been able to find it since.  I think this is the "difficulty" people have with finding the RSV: it's very hard to find a "regular" RSV.   
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