Today on Snyder’s Soapbox we are going to take a look at a Bible for all the RSV and Apocrypha fans. The Apocrypha isn’t my cup of tea, but I recognize there are some folks out there who would like to buy a well built Bible in this translation with the Apocrypha. This Bible from Oxford, is very well built. I wouldn’t look at it as a premium Bible, but more as a work horse. The thing is built like a tank. That’s not to say it isn’t an attractive looking Bible, it is. I would categorize this Bible as a daily use Study Bible. If you want to read the Apocrypha, and the notes that go along with this edition, this is probably the best option. I’ll stick to my own flavor of commentaries. As a Reformed Baptist much of the notes in this edition are generalized for broader appeal.
It is covered in black genuine leather with a moderate grain and a perimeter groove. The leather is harder, and high gloss, leading me to think that it is pig skin leather. Pig skin leather holds up well, but is not as supple as other choices. It is also less expensive to use. It is case bound, and has a gold colored, hot-stamped, perimeter line around the inside cover. It has two yellow/gold ribbon markers, black and gold bands. The spine has the words, “The New Oxford Annotated Bible” at the top, “With the Apocrypha Expanded Edition” under that, then, “Revised Standard Version” and, “Oxford” at the bottom. The page edges are also hot stamped with gold colored foil.
I really like the ribbons. Their color and material, are nice for a Bible with this low price.
The spine is smyth sewn, flexible, and durable. I can’t think of any reason why this Bible wouldn’t hold up for a long time. The paper is thick, opaque, and the 10 pt. font of the main text, is sharp and clear. The notes are in 8 pt. font. This Bible is printed, and bound in South Korea. It is a quality edition at a good value price.
It is laid out in a double column, paragraph format, with notes at the bottom. Each book has an introduction. It seems to be more of a study Bible, than a reference Bible, with all the helps that are in it. At the end of the day, if you are in the market for an RSV, with the Apocrypha, this is the only choice. It is well built, and priced to sell. It should last a long time, and serve you well. Make sure to check out all of the pictures I took of this edition for a better look at the features on my flickr page.
This is the product information section from Christianbook.com’s product page for this edition.
This classic resource is the only RSV study Bible available today. It features extensive annotations to the biblical text, book introductions, eight supplementary charts and essays, and authoritative, full color Oxford Bible Maps.
- 10 point type
- 8 point type notes
- Double column format
- Book Introductions
- The Pentateuch
- Modern Approaches to Biblical Study
- Characteristics of Hebrew Poetry
- Literary Forms in the Gospels
- Survey of the Geography, History and Archaeology of the Bible Lands
- Measures and Weights in the Bible
- Chronological Tables of Rulers
- Index to the Annotations
- 27 Full-color maps
- Index to Maps
- Blank note pages in back
- Gold gilded edges
- 2 Ribbon Markers
- Genuine leather black
- 6″ x 9 1/4″ x 1 3/4″
|Format: Genuine Leather
Number of Pages: 1984
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1962
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.5 X 1.75 (inches)
Text Layout: Double Column
|Text Color: Black Letter
Text Size: 10 Point
Note Size: 8 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: Yes
Page Gilding: Gold