During the course of 1962 two significant study Bibles, representing two divergent approaches to Scripture, made their appearance. One of these, The Oxford Annotated Bible, contains the text of the Revised Standard Version together with brief introductory articles and numerous footnotes, which, as far as the Old Testament is concerned, are written from the standpoint of the modern “critical” view of Scripture. At the conclusion of the volume there are useful articles on geography and archaeology as well as chronological tables and excellent maps. The other work, the Holman Study Bible, also RSV, has introductory notes to the biblical books written by evangelical scholars, some valuable articles which serve as helps to Bible study, and a concise concordance. From the fact that evangelical scholars have contributed these notes it of course does not follow that they would all give unqualified approval to the Revised Standard Version. Indeed, both of these study Bibles would be greatly improved by notes calling attention to the major weaknesses in the Revised Standard Version, for at least in the Old Testament it is in many respects an inferior version (e.g. Ps. 2:12; Isa. 7:14). Attention should also be directed to The Amplified Old Testament, Part Two—Job to Malachi (Zondervan). The format of the book and its clear type make it easy to use, and it should prove to be a genuine aid to readers of the Old Testament.

As a companion to The Oxford Annotated Bible there has appeared the Oxford Bible Atlas, which is compact, reliable, and beautifully printed. The maps are clear and quite useful, and there is a wealth of archaeological and historical material, accompanied by excellent photographs. The standpoint from which the articles ...

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