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The Oxford Companion to the Bible


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Bruce M. Metzger is George L. Collord Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary. A recognised authority on the text of the New Testament, he was chairperson of the NRSV Bible Committee, which produced the New Revised Standard Version, and he was co-editor (with Roland E. Murphy) of The New Oxford Annotated Bible. Michael D. Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College.


"Provides the general reader with an affordable, authoritative introduction to the Bible. Over 700 articles from 250 contributors reflect a wide range of denominations and current scholarship in the field. Though the form is that of a traditional alphabetic dictionary with the expected articles on the people, places, books of the Bible and matters of faith, there is, as the editors put it, 'sustained and systematic attention' to the Bible's continuous influence in other areas of life including the arts, literature, law, politics popular culture, and even science."--American Libraries "Generous biblical maps, even-handed entries, a thorough index and some incisive long articles make this a blessing."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "For those forward-minded students already poised for college days, here's a crash course on getting ahead. Before having trouble with Milton in paradise or struggling eternally in Dante's Inferno, plan to place a copy of the Oxford Companion to the Bible in the trunk along with other academic lifesavers."--The Dallas Morning News "Should be on the reference shelf of every decent library and, given its modest price, serious readers of the Bible will be well tempted to acquire a copy."--Commonweal "The Oxford Companion to the Bible is excellent, packed with solid information soberly and carefully presented, a reliable guide to an intricate subject."--The Very Reverend Professor Henry Chadwick, Ex-master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge University "Entries written by over 250 leading international scholars reflect the current state of biblical scholarship....Well written, authoritative...will be particularly useful to general readers and to students and scholars in nonbiblical fields."--Library Journal

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