The HarperCollins Study Bible: Fully Revised & Updated is produced by the 5500-member Society of Biblical Literature (representing practically every conceivable religious and scholarly perspective). It was fully revised and updated in 2006. It includes the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books. The version is the New Revised Standard Version. There are good-quality maps, tables, a timeline, articles about ways to read the scriptures, Israelite Religion, the Greco-Roman context of the New Testament, archaeology, and a concordance.
The original which this revises came out in 1997. New archaeological discoveries are incorporated into this revision.
The editors are Harold W. Attridge (General Editor, Revised); Wayne A. Meeks (General Editor, Original). The contributors tend to be associated with universities, seminaries, and theological colleges of the the “mainline” or Roman Catholic traditions. The often-extensive notes tend to be in the historical-critical approach, sensitive to both the person of faith and to those people who may be interested in the Bible primarily as literature. Often a new scholar has revised material from the earlier edition – the back cover says there is “over 25 percent new or revised material”.
For people who like to write in the margins – they are narrow.
If you collect study bibles, you will probably have this one on your shelf. If you are looking for a single, scholarly, reliable study bible – this one may be the one for you.
- The Revised New Jerusalem Bible
- slightly newer international version
- NIV First-Century Study Bible
- Reading The Bible Makes You Progressive
- The Bible in the Life of the Church